Aji Sai ★★

Price: Under $25 for ACYE dinner.

Out of all the ACYE (all you can eat) sushi restaurants downtown, I like Aji Sai the most so far. It’s generally busy so reservations are recommended if you are eating after 6pm. I have gone to this place a few times for various lunches, dates and large group dinners. Service is good but there is definitely a difference in service if you come in a large group (+15 people). When I went with a large group, I felt we were too ridiculous! Haha. Our group ordered almost 60 sashimi, 20 of California rolls, 20 spicy salmon rolls, etc. I felt sorry for the servers, but they were generally nice about it.

I don’t have anything I wouldn’t recommend so if you’re not sure what to order, my personal preferences are salmon maki, California rolls, shrimp and vegetable tempura, salmon sashimi, unagi maki. However, it is best to experiment yourself to find out what you like most. Also, I don’t think there are any pictures of the food, so if you aren’t a sushi buff it might be expedient for you to look into that.

Website: http://www.ajisai.ca/
Location: Various locations. Review for 467 Queen St. West, Toronto Ontario M5C 2A9
Telephone: (416) 603-3366

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Kyoto House ★★

Price: $18.99 + tax for ACYE dinner. $11.99 for AYCE lunch.

NOTE* lunch menu may have a smaller selection then dinner.

I have frequented this place a lot because it was close and convenient for me. I recommend going for just AYCE (all you can eat) dinners because I generally eat here for the dragon rolls and my friend has frequented the place enough she’s basically considered a regular. Haha.

My usual order is the miso soup, dragon rolls, shrimp tempura, spicy salmon sushi, salmon sushi, unagi sushi, shrimp tempura and green tea ice cream for dessert. Not a total fan of how they do salmon sashimi, salmon rose, vegetable tempura rolls though.

Beware of the service here though; servers can be downright rude (unless you’re a regular like my friend and even that’s spotty). They frequently forget if you ask for something in the middle of dining so its better to order everything in one go.

They do offer delivery service though and for large groups they have 2 separate rooms. Nothing fancy but good for a casual lunch/dinner with a large group.

Website: N/A
Location: 143 Dundas West, Toronto Ontario M5G 1C5
Telephone: (416) 585-2223

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NAMI Restaurant ★★★

Price: $30+ depending on how much you order.

Sushi costs $6-7 for 2pcs and sashimi costs $8-12 for 3pcs. I went with a relative and found the food and restaurant layout to be okay. Though they have smaller tables for diners, there are also small rooms. In each room there are two tables available inside, so it is more ideal for two people.

Nami is a nice place to eat with friends or a casual co-worker gathering. However, I do not recommend it for business power lunches or dinners because it is not formal enough.

We had spicy tuna roll, salmon sushi, California roll, ebi sushi and tofu soup. They tasted good but I found it a bit too room temp.

Bill was close to $50 with tip for the 2 of us. So if you can afford it, go for it. Good place to eat sushi. Just stay away from their green tea crème brûlée dessert, which I tried because I was curious. It tasted more like pudding and was too liquid for me.

Website: http://www.namirestaurant.ca/
Location: 55 Adelaide East, Toronto Ontario, M5C 1K6
Telephone: (416) 362-4745
Hours: Monday to Friday – Lunch (11:45am-2:30pm), Dinner (5:30 -10:30pm), Saturday (5:30 -10:30pm) and Sunday (CLOSED)

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Ninki Restaurant ★

Price: Under $30 for all you can eat.

Located underground of the Scotia Plaza, I had dinner with a friend for all you can eat and the only thing I liked was their restaurant layout with flower wallpaper and cute décor. Food service was decent but slow.

A general rule of thumb for sushi restaurants is if they mess up California maki rolls, something is seriously wrong and you should move on. They didn’t taste very fresh and were room temp. This also applied to their salmon sashimi. A few things I tried were acceptable though, such as unagi sushi, ebi sushi, ebi tempura roll and BBQ eel hand roll.

Overall, they have a lot to improve in terms of the food. If you do happen on this place, I can only recommend ordering from their regular menu. If you want all you can eat, look elsewhere.

Website: http://www.ninki.ca/
Location: 40 King Street West, Scotia Plaza Concourse Level
Monday to Friday (11:00 am to 9:00 pm)
All you can eat Monday to Friday (4pm – 9pm)

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