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Masa Sushi

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Masa Sushi is located just east of Yonge Street, on Charles Street. It’s two short blocks south of Yonge and Bloor. The restaurant shares the same building as the Comfort Inn. You can choose between ordering from the menu or the flat rate All You Can Eat. There’s free delivery for orders over $25 between 5pm and 10pm. Pick up orders are 10% off.

15 Charles Street East
416.920.3388 | website
M-S 11am-11pm.
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// rating

bran7 / 10
fred7 / 10

Review Date: Nov. 3, 2009



fred
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We met up on a Tuesday at 6pm to try out Masa, a sushi restaurant that heavily promotes their All You Can Eat lunch. We opted for the menu ordering, however.


brandon
Comment ArrowIt was a bit of a surprise that they offered both regular menu or all you can eat option. Usually it’s one or the other. The place is pretty nice a lot bigger than it appears to be from the front. If I remember correctly, it’s only a few years old. The previous tenants of was a…wait for it…a sushi restaurant.


fred
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Hehe…True, from the outside it doesn’t look like anything special but once you get inside it’s quite large – and the atmosphere is great. Very nice. Too bad the outside of the restaurant doesn’t reflect that. We were seated right away and service was prompt the entire night.


brandon
Comment ArrowIt wasn’t too busy and I always wondered how well a sushi place could really do attached to a hotel. I can understand a standard North American type restaurant but a sushi restaurant seems a bit odd. The menu was pretty large with lots of photos. The waitress left us to look over the menu to figure out what to order. She came back to take our food and drink order at once rather than the normal drinks first. I asked for green tea and you ordered a coke?


fred
Comment ArrowIndeed…went with Coke. Sooo, you suggested going all rolls this time, and I was on board with that. We picked 5 different rolls along with the spicy salmon sushi pizza (of course!). Our roll order was: Spicy Tuna Roll (tuna, green onions, tempura butter), Rainbow Roll (crab, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, tuna, salmon and white fish), Red Dragon (deep fried shrimp, cucumber, avocado, flying fish egg with map), Fresh Mango Salmon Roll (mango, salmon, cucumber, crab, mayo and tobiko with fresh mango sauce), Toronto Roll (eel, avocado, salmon skin, tobiko with sweet sauce)


brandon
Comment ArrowI was tempted to go with another party boat but figured why not go back to the rolls. For all the times we’ve eaten sushi, I can never remember the magic number of dishes we should order. Is it 5? 4? You said you were hungry so 5 it is! The first few dishes came out pretty quick with the rest coming out shortly afterward.


fred
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First out, I believe, were the Spicy Tuna and Toronto rolls. I thought the Spicy Tuna were decent but nothing special. For the Toronto rolls, I’ll say the same. They were fresh but I noticed one of the last pieces of the Toronto roll was mostly rice.


brandon
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Nice catch! I agree, it was all fine but nothing really out of the ordinary or special about them. It’s looking more and more like a “just another sushi restaurant”. The sushi pizza and the Mango Salmon Roll came out. Tasted pretty good as well and the Sushi pizza had my kind of spiciness level. A welcome change considering the last few places have been a bit too spicy for me.


fred
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Yes, the sushi pizza was more like the typical ‘Yonge Street’ sushi pizza style. It was decent, but nothing special. I found the Mango Salmon rolls quite good, actually. I was surprised. The last time I had a mango roll I wasn’t a fan, but Masa pulls off a nice one. The other roll I really enjoyed was the Red Dragon.


brandon
Comment ArrowThe rest of the rolls were decent, pretty standard fare. I don’t know about you but it seems that after all these reviews, I think we might be raising the bar in determining what is “good sushi”. I noticed that some of the rolls were kind of big so it made it challenging to eat them in one bite.


fred
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Agreed…If you were one of our first reviews you may have gotten away with a better grade than you would have today. As for the Rainbow Roll, glad you mentioned the size, the middle couple of pieces are crazy big. I had one near the beginning of the meal and pulled it off and then attempted another right at the end. It wasn’t pretty, as I’m sure you saw. I nearly gagged (true). Not sure what was with that, but they were far too big. That kind of killed my sushi experience at Masa, to be honest. I suppose I shouldn’t have attempted it but, really, they should be making them a size that you can eat properly.


brandon
Comment ArrowI noticed you were struggling with that piece. It was a scary moment and I thought that I’d have to pull the out heimlich maneuver! Ok maybe not that scary… I agree, I think it ruins the experience when they make huge size pieces so you spend more time trying to chew than actually taste and enjoy the sushi. Oh well, in the end, I think Masa is a decent place. Very nice decor and a lot more space than you would think from the outside. For me, it falls under the “yet another sushi restaurant” category. Not bad but not great. 7/10 for me. I did notice on the way out they that have some kind of hibachi or teppanyaki kind of service as well which are always fun so maybe worth checking out.


fred
Comment ArrowMy review of Masa went downhill as the meal progressed, but overall it’s not bad. The restaurant atmosphere and service were great. Can’t complain there. This maki was decent – some rolls better than others, as I already mentioned. My near death experience, however, not so great. I’ll join you at 7/10 with a warning to stay away from the Rainbow Roll.


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10 comments for “Masa Sushi”

  1. Wow you guys really gave this place a 7 huh! I’m curious what the benchmark for comparison? i went there with a friend twice, once for AYCE and once for ala carte.

    For AYCE: the rolls were 95% rice. 95% because each roll was twice the normal size, with as much as rice stuffed in as possible. so while that percentage might not be accurate it surely felt like a 95%, the taste scored a grand total of 5%, I would of course need to give another 5% for the rice! I guess they dont want you to eat as much, which is understandable, so we ordered a bunch of stuff, couldnt finish it all, so decided to leave the rice on the ebi(shrimp) rolls and eat the shrimp. opened up 6 pieces and the total amount of shrimp inside was the same as normally found in a pice of roll (that was divided in 8 pieces).

    As for the Ala Carte: I guess they forgot we were’nt there for AYCE. the same story. sad ending.

    Will never go there agin.

    Cheers!

    Posted by Ed | November 15, 2009, 7:47 pm
  2. Was there this year (Feb 2010), and tried their AYCE on a Sunday, at 3pm we were already charged for their dinner price.

    I wouldn’t have minded so much if the fish didn’t make me suspicious about it’s quality and freshness and the tempura hadn’t been prepared so far in advance that it was soggy and cold.

    I wouldn’t rate then more than a 1/10.

    Sorry to disagree, but maybe they use better quality ingredients for the customers who eat off the regular menu.

    Posted by Michelle | March 18, 2010, 9:12 am
  3. Wow – this place is terrible. As previously stated, they use sooo much rice for their sushi, you can’t taste the fish. And if you do what I did and cut 70% of the rice away, they try and charge you 50 cents for the extra rice. Wht a rip off – it’s so obvious that they are trying to fill you up with rice. The rolls are loosely put together (I have made sushi rolls that are way better and I am not a chef). The salmon was improperly cut and because of this it is stringy (gross), the “red snapper” is actually talapia and is tough and chewy (gross). Tempura is soggy and if you get the tempura yams they won’t be cooked through. The waitress’ are incompetent and couldn’t care less. I paid with debit and purposefully did not tip (I’ve been a server and would normally tip but it was not warranted) and the waitress thought that she’d let me know that gratuity was not included in the total – as if implying “where’s my tip”. So rude.
    Anyways, if you read this DO NOT EVER GO TO THIS SUSHI RESTAURANT and tell your friends the same. What a total garbage waste of money experience.

    Posted by Kris | November 27, 2010, 6:27 pm
  4. Agree with all the above commenters.

    Went for all-you-can-eat (AYCE) sushi lunch with four other people. This place has the shortest AYCE menu I’ve ever seen… Limited to the basics, with no sashimi included (or even an option to pay a bit more and include sashimi).

    Taste-wise, the sushi was decent, but the rolls was so sloppily made that we ended up having to pick them up with our hands and poor soya sauce directly onto them to avoid making a huge rice-y mess (even though we’re good with chopsticks). The tempura was good.

    Service was HORRIBLE. Beware a seemingly innocent 20-something waitress… She is anything but. I asked our waitress if the dumplings and spring rolls were vegetarian, and she said yes. After taking a bite, I found that both had beef in them. Later, we received an annoyed look from her after a simple request for two glasses of water. She took her time bringing the water, as well as our second round of orders (probably so we’d get full and stop ordering).

    WORST PART… At the end, the waitress literally demanded a “service charge” from all of us, when we were planning to tip her anyway (regardless of the sub-par service). As we paid separately, she hassled each one of us about the “charge,” even going so far as to SLIDE A LOONIE AWAY from my friend’s change. At that point, she told us it was “restaurant policy” to at least add at least 12-15% to the total. The menu said nothing about the supposed charge, so we confronted her about it, at which point she insisted that she had given us good service, so we HAD to leave at least a dollar. We dropped some change and started walked out. I considered complaining, but saw that she was already speaking with the manager who gave us a dirty look. Needless to say, she was tacky as hell, and I will never be returning to this embarrassment to Japanese cuisine.

    Posted by Radhika | January 2, 2011, 6:46 pm
  5. pour*

    Posted by Radhika | January 2, 2011, 6:47 pm
  6. Wow, it’s really unfortunate that a lot of you had such terrible service in your experiences. I’ve gone there several times and always had great service. I do agree with there being too much rice for the sushi, but really, for $10.99 around lunch-time, I feel I can’t complain to the extent that most of you have. Of course it’d be great to have a bigger selection and some sashimi included in the AYCE menu, but again, it’s a cheap price so I’ll continue to go back for their AYCE.

    Posted by Jenny | January 18, 2011, 5:04 am
  7. Really. I’m surprised. I go here often. I think it’s great. I was introduced to it by a friend who lived in Japan for two years, and since she introduced me to it, I think it’s safe to say she likes it. yeah, the service is hit or miss, but for the $15-17 you pay for all you can eat (dinner), I can’t see this as poor value. I drop $20 at most places and I’ve found the quality comparable. For the amount of complaining here you’d think this was like grocery store sushi or something. @Rahika: You sure? We always have sashimi included (?) Maybe lunch is different.

    Posted by Warren | February 14, 2011, 12:32 pm
  8. Maybe suggest an alternate restaurant. I’d be interested to see what you guys think it worthy of your $15.

    Posted by Warren | February 14, 2011, 12:33 pm
  9. The decor of the place is really nice. The customer service is bad, the waitress was really rude and had a stuck-up attitude. I had to wait for my sushi for at least 20 minutes (lunch time). And the most important thing- THE FOOD SUCKED!!!

    I have never had such bad sushi in my entire life. There was a lot of rice wrapped around the sushi and it was sticky and wet. The filling for the sushi was falling out and there was hardly any in there.

    Despite the price (cheap) it is not worth your dollar or even your pennies. I suggest you rather go to McDonalds or not eat as once you go there you will come out hating yourself for choosing that place. Don’t let the nice decor fool you!

    If I haven’t made myself clear- HORRIBLE

    Posted by Nida | August 26, 2011, 12:43 pm
  10. THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE!! I got the $ 12.99 all you can eat Sushi on Friday and I was grossed out by the wet and sticky sushi, which was like 95% rice and 10% filling

    Posted by Sam | August 26, 2011, 1:11 pm

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