Once you try sushi at the hands of Bruce Bu at Yuzu (236 Adelaide St. West), you’ll never be able to eat sub-par Toronto sushi again. (Yes, I’m looking at you Sushi Time and, cough, Ho Su.) As you can tell from the Sushi Dinner Deluxe above ($29), this is a place where fish becomes art. The grade of sushi is far superior, and Bruce embellishes the nigiri with tasty gems like roasted garlic, marinated onions and edible flowers. I highly recommend upgrading the California Roll for a Spicy Scallop Maki. It’s literally impossible for me to go there without having one, because it’s hands down the best I’ve ever had.

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For special occasions, the Yuzu Dinner is a terrific deal at $50 for seven courses, which includes an absolutely sublime serving of Gindara (black cod broiled with a sweet miso glaze accompanied by yuzu sauce) as shown above on the left. And for everyday eats, you can’t go wrong with the $9.95 lunch specials.

Don’t forget to say hi to Bruce, who happens to be one of the most likeable chefs in the city. Before you know it, you’ll be using his signature sign-off as you say good-bye: “See you tomorrow!”

Yuzu / 236 Adelaide St. W., Toronto
416 205 9808 / Mon-Fri 11:30-10:30, Sat 5-11:30

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