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At this point during my trip to Toronto, I wanted sushi. My body felt like it needed something light and fresh to combat all the decant treats I have been sampling up to now. I have been over eating and truthfully, none of it was all that good for me. Today the sushi below would fill and satisfy in a way burgers and fries just couldn’t. Plus, you know you are missing Vancouver when you are craving sushi. I heard that our sushi scene can’t be beat so wanted to see how Toronto stacked up.

The doors were open and I was first one in at 11:25am, but they weren’t actually ready to serve until 11:30am. However I was allowed to sit and wait the five minutes inside.

The music was already playing and with the base and electronic beats, and the drink bar lit in neon purple, the restaurant felt more like a dance club this afternoon.

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The space was a narrow with seating across two sections, a step up separated both. I sat right in front, across from the bar and below a several panelled painting of speckled koi, hanging on the wall. Other than the iron statues of fish at swim and an urn of wheat, there really wasn’t much decoration. The space was concrete blocks, tiled ceilings, and a hard wood floor, with faux leather booths. Simple and clean, unlike the more detailed menu.

The sushi menu was the standard fusion offerings, as is commonplace in Vancouver. It offered traditional Japanese fish on rice, alongside deep fried rolls stuffed to the brim and topped with mounds.

I was weary of what to order given the pricing. There weren’t any $5.95 combos to try, like we had in Vancouver’s sushi scene. And the lists of a la carte seemed too complicated to navigate.

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So I went for their “deal” of a lunch special that still cost me $18 total. For the price asked I was expecting something more ornate than this Chef’s selection of 10 pc sashimi and 6 pieces of dynamite roll or spicy salmon roll. Although it was still much affordable than picking and choosing a la carte, especially for all that I got and got to try. I went for he spicy tuna roll and it came with a side of miso soup and a green salad that I did not touch. The quality was good, the fish was fresh. Everything tasted as I expected, and it was all no different than what I have had on the West coast with all its water.

But it was here that I realized we are spoiled in Vancouver. With sushi shops as common as Starbucks cafes around every corner, the prices are low and the product is fresh. Therefore I can not bear to return or have more sushi in Toronto, when I can get the same quality, if not better at half the cost in Vancouver.

 

Would I come back? – No.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
I would recommend the place to someone in town, as they aren’t too many sushi options in the city, and this one was good. Don’t deny your cravings.

 

SAKU
478 Queen Street West, Toronto ON, M5V 2B4
416-368-7258
sakutoronto.com
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