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Bay & Dundas

Japango Sushi & Noodle Restaurants

(2 reviews)

Japango is located on Elizabeth Street, just south of Dundas, right by City Hall. It’s a small restaurant that also happens to be just south of an all you can eat sushi restaurant, Kyoto House. Please read our conversational review, below.

brandon
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8.0  /  10Nice cozy little place with friendly service and good sushi. Just be ready to rub elbows with your neighbour if it gets busy.
fred
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8.0  /  10Japango is a nice hidden-away surprise near Bay & Dundas. Nice fish and good service. If it’s busy you’ll feel cramped, however.


122 Elizabeth Street
416.599.5557
Review Date: February 11, 2012




brandon
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So it’s been a looong time since we’ve had sushi. It’s time we got back to it for the new year. This time around, we decided on a small restaurant in downtown Torornto, tucked away on Elizabeth street, just a bit south of Dundas. Japango which ironically the place where the brothers from Wow Sushi used to work at.


fred
Comment ArrowYeah!… I actually forgot that the Wow! Sushi guys were from there when I chose it. Regardless, there we were at noon on a Saturday – the only patrons in the restaurant. The place is fairly cozy and, yes, small. If you happen to have a table that seats two, good luck getting all of your order on that table. Thankfully by the time our food started to arrive there were only two other groups there so we could slide the table next to us over.


brandon
Comment ArrowAgreed. The place is pretty small and they really jam in the tables to make it even tighter. I had a decent size knapsack and there was nowhere to put it other than taking an area that another customer would normally use. Lucky for us, it wasn’t a busy time for then and we had enough room to use up. Anyways, once we sat down, we immediately get miso soup and then hot green tea served as we look over the menu. Nice on a cold day and I like it when you are immediately served tea rather than have to ask for it specifically.


fred
Comment ArrowFor sure… Attentive service and a complimentary soup. After perusing the menu we decided on the Tempura Appetizer, Sushi Pizza, Spicy Scallop Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, and the Dragon Roll (shrimp, avocado and eel). Our order was taken and we then started talking about that new upstart Gaming site GamerVets.com


brandon
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Ah yes, gamervets.com, it’s a great gaming site targeted towards the older more mature gamers out there. Feel free to check it out! Now that I am done with the plug, on to the food. Since we were the only ones sitting at restaurant at the moment (more start to come in throughout our meal), the tempura appetizer comes out immediately, hot, right out of the fryer. Tasted pretty good and was not too greasy or had too much batter.


fred
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Agreed on the tempura…No complaints. Next up was the two spicy rolls – Spicy Tuna and Spicy Scallop. There was definitely some kick on both – especially the scallop. At first I was thinking too much spice taking away from the taste but by the second piece that was forgotten. I’d get both again – w/ the Spicy Scallop being the preferred of the two (a bit more taste there, it seemed).


brandon
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Agreed about the Spicy Scallop. I liked that one a lot more than the the Spicy tuna. Both were pretty good with the right amount of “spice” to it. The waiter made a good decision to merge our table with the one beside us giving us more room. One thing curious is that he left the menu and place settings still there for some reason and just moved them aside on the table to make room for the following plates we ordered. Thankfully another waitress came and took them away a little later on. Next out was the Dragon Rolls. They were decent too but since they didn’t have the same kick and flavour as the spicy rolls, not as memorable.


fred
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I enjoyed the Dragon Roll. I also liked how theirs seemed to be fairly different in appearance. Aren’t most Dragon rolls with the same set of layering throughout the roll? Japango’s had the avocado on top of part of the roll and eel on other parts. Nice touch, I thought – at least visually.

The Sushi Pizza arrived last (an appetizer no longer!). I would classify it as “same as anywhere” except for the fact that there was some spiciness there. Other than that, nothing really special about it.


brandon
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Hmm I could have sworn the dragon roll was shrimp tempura with mix of different sushi and avocado layered on top? Oh well on to our usual sushi pizza. Not sure why this appetizer came out last but whatever, not complaining. It was decent on par with the rest we’ve tried. Standard stuff other than then it was spicier than normal. They did include some chunks of avocado on the side for some reason which is the first I’ve seen that addition.


fred
Comment ArrowI was a big fan of the side avocado!

Ok, the food alone came to $46 before tax. The service was good. I thought the environment was fairly cozy – including having the chefs right there by the tables. I’m sure when it’s packed it gets quite interesting… Hope you’re a people person!

The rolls were quite good – especially the Spicy Scallop. I’d put Japango at “above average” for Toronto sushi: 8/10.


brandon
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I pretty much agree with you on all fronts. Nice cozy little place that can get jammed pretty fast I imagine. Seats are close together with not much room to maneuver. If you have bags or are on the larger size, go during oft peak hours because there’s no way you’ll be able to squeeze in or sit down without hitting someone if it’s busy. Overall an enjoyable experience, nice start to the year after taking so long between our last review. 8/10 for me as well.




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