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Bay & Bloor / Yorkville

Wow! Sushi

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Wow! Sushi is located on Charles Street, just off a block west of Yonge, in the downtown Yonge and Bloor area of Toronto. It’s a small restaurant that has just opened about a month ago. Please read our conversational review, below.

11 Charles Street West
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Review Date: September 19, 2011

Wow Sushi
So I got a flyer in the mail the other day from a new sushi restaurant that just opened up in my area called “Wow! Sushi”. With a name like that, I couldn’t resist suggesting we go check this one out.

Wow Sushi Sign
With a name like that and being just off Yonge Street it had disappointment written all over it. Once I stepped in, however, I had a better feeling: Small – holding maybe 25 people tops – and not grubby at all, with staff in traditional dress.

I must admit that I pretty much expected your typical cheap Toronto sushi, especially in this area. I did like that the chef and waiter immediately greeted and bowed to when I entered. Nice touch. I also noticed on the menu is that they offer the Omakase which isn’t normally available at your typical cheap sushi joint.

We opted for the sushi pizza, a sushi appetizer and a few rolls. The rolls selected were spicy tuna, unagi with avocado, and one of the specialty rolls (The Wow! Sushi roll, I believe, but that was later changed to another of the specialty rolls after the chef informed us that our first choice was very similar to another roll we ordered).

Complimentary Clam Soup
As we said each item to order, the waiter acknowledged each time with a “hai” (yes in Japanese) which was kind of cool to me. Not long after we ordered, he returned with a complementary clam soup made with sake broth that’s not even on the menu from what I could tell. Very nice.

I pretty much always don’t touch the soup at sushi places, but this one I did indeed partake in. I was pleasantly surprised. I think it was the presentation that won me over. Had to try it. Yes, the fact that it was complimentary was nice.

Every item brought to our table throughout the night was explained to us in detail, complete with a bow and a ‘thank you’. I instantly got the feeling that they really did care that we were there and they were almost honoured that people were eating at their establishment. This was unprecedented among all of our sushi reviews. I’ve never experienced that. Frankly, I was blown away. It showed not only that they really cared about the food, but they also really cared about their customers.

Wow Sushi: Sushi Appetizer
I agree. When he the waiter brought the sushi appetizer, I expected the standard, generic looking sushi. Salmon, mock crab and that old shrimp slice you always get. Not this time. I was blown away by the look, quality and freshness of the fish. When he went through each one telling us where they were from, wow indeed. One thing that I do remember is that the butter fish is naturally very oily. To combat that, they lightly sear it. Amazing stuff.

The sushi appetizer was some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. I started to regret not ordering more of it.

Unagi Rolls
I was thinking the same thing. Next came out the Spicy Tuna Rolls and the Unagi Rolls. Nice presentation for both and thought the rolls tasted great too. While we were eating the rolls, the sushi chef actually looked over and told us that we should change our “Wow Roll” order to the Japango Roll because the Wow Roll has some similar ingredients to the Unagi Roll we were eating and recommended we switch so that we have some variety. Sure why not!
Spicy Tuna Rolls

Wow Sushi: Japan Go Rolls
Ah right “Japango” — I forgot the name. I wasn’t overly thrilled with the Japango to be honest. Not horrible, but I wasn’t raving either. The Spicy Tuna was decent but I though the spice was too overbearing on the taste (have had better). The Unagi roll was nice – no complaints on that one.

Next up was the Sushi Pizza. This time around, it was cut and placed into individual slices rather on a long serving plate. After all the sushi pizzas we’ve had, this is actually the first time I’ve seen it presented like that. It tasted pretty good, on par with most places.

Sushi Pizza
Yes, the sushi pizza was fairly on par with others we have had. The differing presentation was a nice touch though. I’m surprised we’ve never seen it served that way before.

Complimentary Dessert Black Sesame Ice Cream
Once we were finished eating, to top off the meal, the waiter brings over a complementary black sesame ice cream with fig tempura. Also used some cool grinder to sprinkle something… ( do you know what it was? ) Nice dessert and another pleasant surprise. Since this place has been open for just a month or so, I doubt expect the freebies to continue as I am sure it’s more of a promotional tool. I’ll take it. And of course you know my rule for getting free dessert!

… An extra 0.5! Yeah, the complimentary dessert was nice. I believe you mentioned at the table that the table next to us also got complimentary dessert but something different. I guess you could say that’s yet another personal touch. I didn’t really care for the fig tempura but that’s fine.
There was discussion via another table about a case on the wall where they keep the chop sticks of “regulars”. That’s wild! Not sure how “regular” you have to be but yet another way ‘Wow! Sushi’ are differentiating themselves.
Wow Sushi: Chefs

The Bill
Yes the chopstick board for regulars is pretty bad ass. After talking with the waiter some more, he mentioned that they used to work at the Japango on Elizabeth Street, near University and Dundas for over 5 years and have decided to open their own restaurant. Good luck to them because I think this place is great from the quality sushi to the friendly service. The place is a bit small but cozy. I will definitely be back and hope to one day have a pair of my own chopsticks on wall. 9.5/10.

Wooooooooow… Agreed on most points. The service was the finest we’ve ever experienced (although I wasn’t a fan of having to ask for the bill after a decent wait): The passion for the food was second to none – explaining every dish in detail when presenting it to the table; expressing gratitude to the customer in the delivery of every dish and when order taking… The nigiri appetizer was fantastic. I didn’t find the maki over and above other places, however. That is my one negative – they could have been better. Despite that, ‘Wow! Sushi’ should be on everyone’s list: 8.5/10.

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8 comments for “Wow! Sushi”

  1. I am what you would call a regular at Wow! Sushi – as I have my set of chopsticks in the wall cabinet. Since I work around the corner I was thrilled to stumble upon this gem as there really isn’t any great sushi around this area. The service is fantastic – always friendly and informative. As the other posts mention, Sam and John (the proprietors) are always friendly – greeting their customers, explaining what each item is and how they have prepared and dressed it. The freebies are a nice touch as it has given me an opportunity to taste something that I may have nit otherwise tried. I even have sushi named after me – the Sandy sushi. The food has always been fresh and delicious and plentiful – I never leave hungry. I have brought a few friends and family to try Wow! Sushi, and will continue dining here as it has become my “go to” for sushi in the area.
    Enjoy! I always do.

    Posted by Sandy | October 11, 2011, 1:34 pm
  2. Love Wow! Sushi. The service is extra friendly, and the sushi is amazing! I work around the area, so I am there at least once a week to enjoy my lunch. I always bring my friends and colleagues to this place. They were so kind to have my own set of chopsticks in the wall cabinet. It’s always fresh, and they are very open to customizing your meal. I am so glad this place opened!

    Posted by Harjot | October 14, 2011, 11:14 pm
  3. Wow is fabulous. Best sushi in Toronto. I eat sushi and sashimi all over the world and rarely have such delicious and imaginative fare at such a ridiculously fair price. Try it.

    Posted by Norm Bolen | November 14, 2011, 8:32 pm
  4. Walking in you are greeted warmly by a passionate staff. The restaurant definitely puts a priority on service, and subsequently you are delivered constant answers for your every question. The food is like the icing on top, It not only looks stunning and is of high aesthetic quality but the tastes are very diverse and provide a rainbow of flavours for your appetite. The palate is as diverse as the taste, and it shows. While, Wow sushi is a little more expensive then it’s neighbourhood competitors, it provides an authentic experience that is largely unmatched in the Toronto area. Definitely worth the experience!

    Posted by jcarrharris | November 16, 2011, 6:25 pm
  5. No need to say much. The food is simply excellent, the service prompt and courteous.

    Posted by Ralph Sevillano | December 8, 2011, 10:18 am
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  7. I dont even know where to begin with the awesomeness of this joint. It’s a weekly ritual for me now to visit and order off the sushi bar. The seabream is a fav of mine.

    Posted by Zeeeeee | February 29, 2012, 8:16 pm
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