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Yonge & Wellesley

Sushi Hana

(2 reviews)

Sushi Hana is located on Yonge Street just north of Wellesley. They’re brand new, as of this review, and it shows: Balloons and a ‘10% Off’ sign attempt to lure in Yonge street pedestrians. Please read our conversational review, below.

591 Yonge Street

// rating

bran8.5 / 10
fred8 / 10

Review Date: April 14, 2009

Comment ArrowWe met up at 6:30 on a Tuesday evening and the place had only one other group when I arrived. The first thing I noticed was the atmosphere. It has an attractive, modern decor that you don’t really find at Yonge Street sushi places. A nice change for sure.

Comment ArrowWhat really caught my eye was what was written on that sign, something like: ”…the best sushi in Toronto ever!” which to me is a pretty bold statement and pretty much means we have to try this place. I agree, the decor was nice although when I walked in, the wind chime/bell hanging above the door was too low since it hit my head… and I am not that tall.

Comment ArrowHehe… Ah!… So beware all you sushi-lovers. You may get head damage entering Sushi Hana. Service was quick and polite. The ‘booth’ we picked was a bit uncomfortable, though. The back of the bench literally moves if no one is sitting behind you to hold it in place (there are other seating options though – so, stay away from the booth-style seating in the centre row).

Comment ArrowGotta agree with you about the shared backs of the bench in the centre row seating section. You were lucky you didn’t have to share the back with anymore. Me, not so lucky. It’s not the end of the world but still a bit annoying. Something to avoid the next time. Anyways, the menu was easy to read and had a lot of options. I am a big lover of variety and they did have quite a few types of combinations. Of course we go with the standard sushi pizza but this time we decided to go with one of their rolls combos (you remember the item number?) which comprised of spicy tuna rolls, california rolls, spider rolls and dynamite rolls. (one more that I can’t remember, it was the one with just cucumber I think.)

Comment ArrowI have no idea what number it was… I wasn’t a huge fan of the sushi pizza. I mean, it’s not ‘bad’ but not great either. After that, the rolls came out, and I must say the presentation was definitely impressive – the best I’ve seen by far. I enjoyed all the rolls except for the Spider roll (pretty sure that was the one). Spicy tuna, Dynamite, Kappa, California were all good. The Spider roll was better once I ran it through some of the ‘presentational’ sauces – for lack of a better description (Seriously, how did I ever get a sushi-review gig?!). Again, service was great – and courteous. My Coronas came with the standard sushi-place-lemon – again.

Comment ArrowYes the sushi pizza wasn’t the greatest. Might have been slightly overcooked because the pizza was more crunchy than I am use to. Presentation of the rolls plate was also very impressive. Looking around a few other people, it seems that’s the “norm” on some of their dishes which I always like to see. Care in presentation usually means care in the food as well. I enjoyed all the rolls including the Spider rolls. I am a big fan of soft shell crab which I am thinking you aren’t since you didn’t quite appreciate it as much as I did.

Comment ArrowWhat else? The appetizer noodle with broth was super tasty. I usually hate the appetizer items at Japanese restaurants but this one was really good… Post-sushi was the complimentary orange, which was a nice touch. Sushi Hana got busier the longer we were there – although nowhere near capacity. They also go the extra mile for birthdays, apparently. One group had sparklers placed in (not sure – I just saw sparklers!) brought to their table as they sung ‘Happy Birthday’.

Comment ArrowAh! Almost forgot about the appetizer noodle soup bowl we got as a free appetizer. Hopefully this is norm rather than a promotional item. It tasted very good and was a nice surprise to start off the meal. I’ll have to check it out on a more usual dinner night, eg. Fri or Sat to see if the place is doing any better. This location has seen a few other Japanese/Korean Fusion restaurants come and go. Can we say “Witches Table” that I think lasted for maybe a week and then I believe “Soban” before that. Sushi Hana has a tough act to follow but it seems it’s focused on sushi rather than the sushi/Korean food combo that the previous restaurants offered.

Comment ArrowRating time. This is a bit of a tough one. Service and food presentation was fantastic. Our seating was a bit sketch (although the restaurant itself was quite nice). The food was pretty good – minus the sushi pizza (I think you’re right on the Spider roll – I’m likely not a fan of the soft shell crab). I’m going 8/10.

Comment ArrowI really enjoyed it and will be back again to try something else. 8.5/10 for me. I just wonder how long it’ll last as the history of the location isn’t so good. Recommend that you do not sit in the middle section, especially if it’s busy as you’ll be bouncing back and forth with whoever is sitting behind you.

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5 comments for “Sushi Hana”

  1. ummm could you please post business hours as well? thanks .

    Posted by meredithk | April 29, 2009, 8:39 am
  2. Absolutely amazing. Service is great, prices are amazing considering the quality and the amount you get.
    Definitely has one of the best miso soup in that area and the sake is exceptional as well.
    Large Fresh portions of sashimi and the Bento boxes and boats are large and well decorated.
    Been back there about 3 times in the last 2 weeks. Amazing!

    Posted by Lawrence Chan | May 4, 2009, 6:41 pm
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  4. Posted by Sushi Toronto | February 29, 2012, 10:53 pm
  5. Actually, It was my favourite sushi place in the city, before yesterday. Now they are under new management. It was absolutely impossible to eat! I even didn’t finished my Rad Dragon Roll. Everything was very cold even tempura. I was waiting around 20 minutes – it was just 2 tables busy and they had 3 guys cooking (before it was just one, sometimes 2 and it was very quickly). Very sad! :-(

    Posted by Alex | March 4, 2012, 10:26 am

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