The artistic chefs at Sushi Kai skillfully cut sushi and use fresh fish, meats, and high-quality produce when creating dishes for their traditional Japanese menu. Celebrating Japan’s most popular import, the sushi chefs can roll choices from 25 maki options including barbecued eel and thinly carved yellowtail sashimi, or set off in-mouth fireworks with cone-shaped spicy-tuna hand rolls. Japanese curries introduce diners to a lesser-known Japanese specialty, greeting tongues with a choice of chicken, beef, pork, or fish. As diners share bites of sushi, they lounge in Sushi Kai's minimalist dining room and lecture its plants on proper photosynthesis technique.
Ichiban has been slinging its extensive menu of Japanese fare to local fishophiles since 1983, with fresh omega-3-powered fishfare delighting dinner-diners. Confuse country-centric culinary beliefs by starting with an order of the sushi pizza, a fried-rice crust topped with salmon ($7) or tuna ($9), or sink taste-talons into the sweet-potato tempura ($7), fried to a golden brown. Full-plated entrees at the eatery include teriyaki ($12–$24), marinated meats ($14+), and rice and noodle nests ($8–$13), with a sushi selection offering fresh glistening sashimi ($3+), as well as classic and contemporary rice-rolled treats. The lobster tobiko roll ($10) swaddles the meat of the mighty crustacean with avocado, fresh veggies, flying fish roe, and a mint mayonnaise to offer a decadent dip into unchartered culinary waters, while the Las Vegas roll ($13) hits the jackpot of Neptune-approved nourishment with its amalgamation of shrimp tempura, crab stick, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese blanketed with fresh tuna and salmon.
Sagano Japanese’s entrees are served with a side of Toronto’s skyline. A sweeping view of the city is afforded by the eatery’s perch on the rooftop of Delta Toronto East, serving both hotel guests and the general public alike. As the sun sets in the sky, parties kick off dinners with seared scallops and shrimp encased in a crispy tempura shell. Chefs also slather teriyaki sauce atop grilled sirloin beef and slice the popular California roll into bite-size pieces. Couples can opt for more intimate dining experience as chefs prepare meals right at the table or just outside your car window.
Monsoon Lounge & Sushi crafts a wide array of artful sushi creations for diners to sample from within the eatery's lively, stylish space. Chef Meaghan Kemper's menu offers fresh maki rolls bedecked with sustenance both raw—such as the butterfish maki adorned with masago rice pearls ($10)—and cooked, such as the chicken pad thai roll, which reincarnates the popular noodle dish in circular, bite-size form, right down to the spicy peanut sauce and production numbers from The King and I ($8). House specialty rolls include the Monsoon Rainbow, a prismatic display involving crab, cucumber, asparagus, and Japanese mayo topped with tobiko, avocado, and assorted sashimi ($14). The sashimi platter, a 12-piece chef's choice selection of thinly sliced sea tasties satisfies diners with an assertive helping and handshake ($21).
An expertly rolled cylinder of fish roe and avocado. A neatly organized bento box. The tang of just enough teriyaki sauce on a jumbo scallop. These are the pleasures that the chefs at Hamachi Sushi focus on perfecting each day. Diners perch at a bar or lounge at tables while enjoying the fruit of the chefs’ work, wielding chopsticks to pluck sushi and sashimi from their plates or scallions from their teeth. In addition to the wide array of rolls ensconcing salmon and barbecued eel, the menu includes traditional Japanese meals such as teriyaki meats and noodle soups. Cubic lanterns made of white paper light the dining room, whose walls are painted the bright pink of a pig that’s blushing because it forgot to curl its tail.
A serene feeling envelops visitors as they enter Fuji Grill Sushi Bar & Japanese Cuisine’s wood-paneled dining room replete with potted trees and sit at a table or at the sushi bar. Led by chef Tomo Lin, who trained in sushi preparation for four years in Japan, the kitchen creates Japanese food from teriyaki and tempura favorites to inventive sushi creations. Signature rolls include the Fuji, filled with yellowtail and salmon and topped with four types of roe, and the heart-shaped Susan roll of spicy tuna. Parties can also sample myriad selections with one of many combo platters that may include rolls, sashimi, or nigiri. The sushi chefs demonstrate a sense of whimsy as they decorate sushi plates with sauces, drawing images such as dragons, tree branches, or Morse code messages reading, "I know what you did."
Along one wall of the dining room, screens of angled wooden slats and a trellis canopy of ivy create a cozy, semiprivate atmosphere at each table. Japanese paper lanterns, wall scrolls, and windowpanes that mimic traditional paper screens additionally contribute to the eatery's authentic aura.