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“Patience Rewarded”
Review of Toshi Sushi

Toshi Sushi
Ranked #382 of 3,776 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood: South Main
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: South Main
Vancouver, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Patience Rewarded”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

When you go to Toshi Sushi you must expect to wait 30 to 45 minutes to get a table. Regulars know this and start lining up 30 to 45 minutes before the restaurant opens to participate in the first sitting of the evening. A word of caution, do not have one person hold a spot while everyone else checks out the local shops. If all members of your party are not there when a table becomes available, you will not be seated.

The wait is well worth it. The sushi is fresh, the selection as wide as possible for British Columbia, and the prices are reasonable. Toshi Sushi's owners and staff are Japanese and it shows in the the way the portions are cut and presented.

The restaurant has a cafe style atmosphere. You can sit at the sushi bar and watch the chef's in action. Or you can sit a table. It is a little crowded, but you still do not feel like you are sharing space with strangers. My wife and I do not mind going here for special dinners. It is romantic in a way of its own, with the look and textures of the food more than making up for the brighter lights and busy atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Tiny family run sushi joint. Prepare to wait.”
Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

The lineups don't lie. This is a great place. My main recommendation is to move away from the traditional maki and nigiri order and try: the eggplant, spicy beef, tofu etc
We had a totally different experience from the table next to us who could only compare their maki/nigiri to other places. In the end it's just fresh fish and rice - pretty hard to be too black and white.
They really shine with their more unusual items.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank eric_yld
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Mountain View, CA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Touché Toshi!”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

A tiny little place in the heart of Vancouver hides a true gem. Yes, you have to wait in line, and yes, they don't take reservations, but once you get in - you forget all the trouble. Not to be missed!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Tayalim
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Top Japanese Restaurant in Vancouver”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

I've tried many Japanese restaurants in greater Vancouver area, this is one of the best place for sushi. My manager refer this one to me since her husband is Japanese and declaring this one is on their secret list. I had waited over one hour for each visit, however, the food here are worth the wait. Boxed sushi, miso egg plant are MUST EAT!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank T0asta
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Austin
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent Sushi”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is a great sushi restaurant in a hip neighborhood of Vancouver. You'll need a car to get there if you're staying downtown (unless you want to be brave and take public transportation). The place is tiny, packed, and doesn't take reservations, so get there early and be prepared to wait for up to a couple hours. The sushi is very fresh and reasonably priced.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank RWF_Austin
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