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“Best Traditional Sushi in Toronto” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zen Japanese

Zen Japanese
2803 Eglinton Ave. E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416-265-7111
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Ranked #36 of 6,776 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Toronto, Canada
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57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Best Traditional Sushi in Toronto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Been here numerous times for the Omakase Sushi and Sashimi (chef's choice), and have to say compared with the other well regarded japanese places for sushi and sashimi (aoyamama, cafe michi, ja bistro, taro's fish, solo sushi, even comparing the sushi/sashimi of sushi Kaji) it is the best. All items are very fresh, seasonal and well prepared. The black sesame ice cream and mandarin pie at the end are also quite nice.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Zen never fails...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Been going to Zen for around 25 years. (There was a short period 10 years or so ago - change in ownership? - when it was not as great, but that has long been rectified).

SUPERB quality and prices. Worth the trek to deep Scarborough. If on a budget, go for lunch. Everything we've tried on the menu has been great, even the most affordable (as of June 2014, still less than $10) chicken teriyaki - miso soup, garden salad, rice, and 2 fried dumplings included, plus the chicken of course.

You MUST try the crème caramel or the Mandarin orange pie. A monthly treat, going on... forever.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Awesome Sushi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Crazy good sushi! It's in the thick of Scarborough in a run down plaza but this place is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Toronto and maybe in North America. The sushi is great and the other stuff like the tempura is also excellent. Love this place! Don't go there on Mondays as they are closed.

Visited May 2014
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Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Sahimi at its Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

There are many Japanese inspired eatery spots all over Toronto but this one is in a class of very few. The original owner was a Kendo master but also knew that fresh means fresh and I was always impressed with his fish quality. Few Japanese restaurants have real Toro but Zen does and it's not cheap. I have bought boxes of uni from Zen every year for New Years because its my favourite and from this place I know it will be delicious. If you want true Sushi at its best, this is worth the extra mile to go. Have a look at the fish at the sushi bar and it becomes obvious why there is often a line up for a table.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, New York
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“Amazing Lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Very nice restaurant, but do please make reservations. We were lucky enough they let us in after a 30 minute wait. I can see why this restaurant has such high ratings. The sushi is AUTHENTIC. A couple of Japanese chefs in the back doing their thing. The sushi is fairly priced and delicious.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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