“Oh, show me the way to the next sushi bar…”
When it comes to eating Sushi on the eastside of town, your options are pretty limited. While Sushi Marche might hold the crown as being the best place to splurge on a Sushi dinner, I propose that if you go a little further west to Sushi Bar (701 Queen St E), you are getting the best value on a Sushi lunch anywhere in town (truth be told, their lunch is a better deal than their dinner).
Now, no matter where you go for Sushi, it has come to be expected that a Miso Soup and a Green Salad accompany your meal. It’s a given. Sushi Bar takes it one-step further, offering-up Edamame, Noodle Soup and Agedashi Tofu on the house. It’s the little things that make Sushi Bar such a great place.
When I am particularly hungry, the Sushi/Sashimi Bento (pictured above) is my go-to. It’s worth every penny ($16.95), as it comes with 9 pieces of assorted Sashimi, 6 pieces of assorted Sushi, and 8 pieces of California Roll. Not that hungry? The Sushi Lunch 2 (pictured below) comes with 8 pieces of a Spicy Tuna or Salmon Roll and 6 pieces of Sushi, plus all the aforementioned accoutrements for $10.95. Oh, and they offer a 10% discount on take-out orders… though you may want to ask for an extra container to hold your soy sauce;)
For those who are a little more adventurous, Sushi Bar has over 5 pages of Custom Rolls, each filled to the brim with hockey-puck-sized goodness. On this day we try the Fried Chicken Roll ($9.99), which is a house variation on the Dynamite Roll… substituting the Shrimp Tempura with Fried Chicken. Amazing! If you’re looking for a Roll and a bit more, the Sushi Lunch 3 comes with an enormous Dynamite Roll and 6 pieces of assorted Sushi for $13.95.
Sushi Bar does more than just Sushi. With the ever-growing popularity of the Izakaya taking root in Toronto, there are a number of Teriyaki, Udon, and Donburi options available, should you be looking for something a little different… not to mention great deals on ice-cold Draft Beer.
I’m extremely pleased this place is so close to work. Be it with clients, friends or dining solo, Sushi Bar goes over-and-above your normal Sushi experience, placing it atop my list of where to go for Japanese on Toronto’s eastside. P.S… if you look really closely at the first picture atop this review, that is actually not me in the photo.