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“Very expensive and only kinda good - But amazing atmosphere”

Ki Modern Japanese + Bar
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Ranked #97 of 9,068 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $64
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown West
Cross street: Wellington
Description: ki modern Japanese & bar offers an interesting contemporary menu of Sushi, Japanese small plates, & fabulous shared entrees. A brilliant, cutting edge design incorporates a high profile bar & lounge area, 2 raised dining rooms & Toronto's most dynamic Sushi Bar. ki also offers 3 dramatic private dining areas for groups of 8 to 30 guests & an outdoor bar & patio space on 1 of Toronto's most influential streets.
Reviewed January 12, 2013

It is kinda hard to rate Ki. For atmosphere and great service there is no better place in Toronto (and in most other places). And their food is tasty, but not exceptional. But it is quite expensive - really not worth the price. So my recommendation is more the following.

If what you really care about is the "experience" and just good food is enough then I would definitely recommend this place to at least try once. The bar scene at Ki is maybe what it is most famous for.

If you think Ki is "upscale" Japanese then do not be fooled! For real "taste" (foodies) upscale then there is Sushi Kaji (but that is a multi-course chef menu that arguably is meaningfully more expensive than Ki). Ki is somewhere in between expensive (like Nami and Take) and really upscale (like Kaji) when it comes to price. For food quality in same league, but cheaper than Ki there is Nami.

My rating is based on my taste...and my concept that Ki lacks value if food is more important than atmosphere.

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Thank Mike K L
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I really enjoyed a dinner at Ki. The rolls were delicious, and I enjoyed the interesting fusion cuisine - a sweet potato tempura maki with grilled steak on top! The more traditional makis were also very good - spicy tuna, California, futomaki - so you have "normal" options if you don't like the fusion style. My parents are not fans of sushi, but there was still plenty of options, like teriyaki salmon, and even a burger with wasabi mayo! The service was also very good - they were attentive - always there to fill up our cups of tea, or see if we needed anything. I recommend!

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Thank fnsio
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Be sure to ask for the main floor if your party will be a loud and fun one...we got stuck in the back room, might have been ok for an intimate get together, but not for a rowdy celebrating life.

The staff was very friendly and made great suggestions and helped accommodate our party to the lounge. Do make reservations, as it is a very popular place, although, the lounge did not get busy until past 11pm.

The hot and cold plate menu is tasty...we tried at least 1/3 of the total menu, but cannot remember the names...the staff is knowledgeable and will help you pick, great for sharing.

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Thank The_Singhs_BnD
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

Good atmosphere. Place is massive, but they don't put the tables on top of each other and crowd it out.

Bar area is packed on a Thursday night, but the restaurant tables are far enough away that you can have a relatively peaceful dinner, too. It's obviously a place for the Bay Street crowd to rub elbows after work.

If you're with friends or family and just want to hang out and chat with each other, I recommend reserving a booth, if possible.

The sushi dishes we had were very good. The hot dishes were well prepared, especially the free range teriyaki chicken and black cod.

The wine list is extensive and has plenty of variety.

Prices are fair for the food and the location. I'd go back here for sure.

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Thank Sean B
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Ki is a upper-end Japanese restaurant in the financial district with prices and atmosphere to suit!
I had a business lunch here and we selected range of tempura, sashimi, rolls/maki all of which were well-presented and delicious.
The service was the perfect combination of attentiveness, friendliness and efficiency.
The interior is not intimate - so probably not the best romantic option. It is however, vibrant , spacious, modern and lively at lunch time. ( Not sue about dinner time - since the financial core can be very dead at night)

Sight negative: The banquette seating with high circular tables is not a comfortable combination.

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Thank CGFS
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