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Yonge & College

Takumi Sushi House

(2 reviews)

Takumi Sushi House has just opened in May 2009 in an already sushi dense area of Yonge and College.

484 Yonge Street

// rating

fred8 / 10

bran8 / 10

Review Date: June 9, 2009

Comment ArrowBoth Sushi Sky and Kokyo Japanese Restaurant have already established themselves in the area. Will another sushi restaurant be able to survive here?

Comment ArrowNo kidding… Yonge Street in the College to Bloor stretch is just littered with sushi places. Some good, some not so good. Takumi Sushi House is a nice little place with individual ‘booths’ along one wall and tables along the other. I was warmly greeted by both the sushi chef and the waitress on my way in.

Comment ArrowIt is pretty nice decor inside especially since everything is brand new. Also they have the unlucky employee outside handing out takeout flyers trying to promote their business. Also on the front window was the “LLBO application notice” so once again, no Corona for you! The staff was all friendly and once I was seated, the waitress brings me a cup of green tea. I always like it when you get it immediately rather than having to order it separately. It’s those little things that count.

Comment ArrowYep… Service was prompt… so prompt that we hadn’t even figured our our order yet. First up was the salmon sushi pizza. I tasted decent but was very brittle. I don’t think I had one piece that didn’t break apart.

Comment ArrowAh yes they are very keen to take your order! The menu had a lot of options so we took a little while to look at it all over. The pressure of the waitress was almost too much! Ok maybe not that bad…Can’t get upset since they are very friendly. Your right about the Salmon sushi pizza, for some reason the deep fried rice portion kept splitting open and breaking a apart. Still tasted good but kind of messy. Your chopstick skills really come into play here.

Comment ArrowThe rest of our meal was all rolls. From the ‘regular’ list we had the Spicy Tuna Roll and the Yellow Tail Roll. I’d say calling the Spicy Tuna Roll ‘Spicy’ was false advertising. There was zero kick whatsoever. The Yellow Tail weren’t as good as I expected either. Neither were poor, but they lacked what I was expecting.

Comment ArrowThey really should be called the Non-Spicy Tuna Roll. It’s too bad because the tuna tasted pretty fresh but could have used some a lot more zip. Felt like they forgot to add the spicy sauce. The Yellow Tail rolls were decent. Next up is their more unique rolls that seem to be a house specialty.

Comment ArrowThe Takumi rolls (deep fried California roll, topped with assorted fish) were interesting, as they were partially deep fried. Can’t complain about that one. It was quite good. The (Clock Tower Crystal Rolls?) were yum as well. Wrapped in rice paper was avocado, cucumber, salmon, tokiko, crabmeat and mayo. Very tasty, as well.

Comment ArrowThese rolls were great and am pretty sure unique to Takumi. I am always a big fan of different type of rolls outside the standard ones. It’s nice to see that they have a lot variety. I really like the Takumi rolls. Then again, if it’s deep fried, it tastes even better! One thing to note is that the size of rolls range from 6 – 8 pieces depending on what you order. After tackling all the food, I was still hungry enough for one more dish.

Comment ArrowYou read my mind, apparently. Bring on the Faily Monster roll. I’m beginning to wonder if that’s a menu typo. Anyway, it’s (supposed) spicy tuna top on of a mix of kani, green onion, tobiko and mayo. I gave them one last chance to give me something spicy – to no avail. Not spicy whatsoever. But it was tasty. I think this dish didn’t last more than a few minutes before it was gone.

Comment ArrowI am thinking it’s supposed to be Fairy Monster? Who knows but the second we asked for it, the waitress immediatly said “good choice”. She was right. It wasn’t spicy but overall it tasted great and a nice way to finish up the meal. To top off the meal, they also gave us some sliced oranges for dessert. Another nice little touch.

Comment ArrowAh, likely… Hehe, yes she seemed to think we made a good choice. Yes, I’m a fan of the orange slices. Overall, friendly staff, prompt service, nice looking restaurant, and (of course) good eats. They just need to find their spiciness?! I’m going 8 out of 10. I’d recommend Takumi over [Sushi Sky] ‘next door’ any day… no contest. Not bad for the new kid on the block.

Comment Arrow8 out of 10 for me. Good experience, sushi and rice was fresh with friendly service. Hopefully the will correct their spiciness but it’s a great start for this place in a tough sushi restaurant rich area. Here’s hoping it’s not going to be a 1 and done (last only 1 year in business) as it’s probably the best place versus both Sushi Sky and Kyoto.

Please comment on your experiences at Takumi Sushi House, below


5 comments for “Takumi Sushi House”

  1. We were on of the first on the scene when they set up shop. Everything from serving size, service, and ambiance met and exceeded our expectations. We would stop by at least once a week. Not so much anymore. For one, the serving size has been noticeably cut. As for the service, the chef approached us with a recommendation of a nice filet of sashimi, the name escapes me. He brought over what we thought was a sample (our regular sushi joints serve “on the house” goodies frequently). We were surprised to see they included this in the bill.. something like $8. Although they make a nice presentation, the special rolls are quite small. With that said, I would still choose Takumi over Sushi Sky (discount sushi) hands down.

    Posted by mibose | January 9, 2010, 9:31 am
  2. This is the best sushi place in T.O. I don’t go anywhere else. Recommend the shrimp tempura. This dish actually includes 6 pieces of shrimp tempura and not the vegetable tempura filler that most other sushi places offer. Must have the spicy tuna/salmon crunchy roll. At the end of your meal, they always include a small piece of tasty fruit for everyone at the table. Usually, melon, orange, or watermelon. Overall, quiet comfortable atmosphere. Sushi sky next door doesn’t even come close.

    Posted by David Wright | April 26, 2010, 8:56 am
  3. This place has gotten progressively worse. It was quite good the first few times I went, but as time went on, the portions got smaller and the quality went down. Last time I was there, the sushi rice was still warm, and much too moist, almost to the point of soggy.

    Posted by Maisie | April 28, 2010, 12:28 pm
  4. Sushi was very tastful. The yakitori was mwahh… it could be better.

    Posted by Evy en Melle from Holland | October 6, 2011, 7:39 pm
  5. We were attracted by the banner advertising “All you can eat” (for a fixed price) in the window. However, this place doesn’t grasp the concept of “all you can eat,” which means — well, “all you can eat.”

    From our first order, all we got were various forms of passive aggression. First, they said they were out of certain types of fish, which didn’t ring true. For the most part, they simply didn’t bring us what was ordered, and when confronted, the server just looked confused.

    If a restaurant offers “all you can eat” for a fixed price, they have to expect that not everyone will be a light eater — it comes with the territory. If a restaurant wants to put limits on “all you can eat,” that’s well and fine, but the limits should be specified up front.

    Posted by Mark M. | February 22, 2012, 3:06 pm

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