Toshi Sushi is a popular sushi house off Main Street ran by proprietors Toshiyuki Saito and Tomoko Saito. Get there early as there usually is a line up out the door.
We tried going to Toshi once because our friend recommended it to us. We were very pleased with the food. The sushis were all fresh and in perfect sizes (not too large but not too small either). Rolls were decent; you have to order the right ones and you will not be disappointed. Probably our most favorite dishes were the Black Cod (Gindara) and the Spicy Beef. The two dishes warranted us coming back there and sure enough, we are now regulars there. The line-ups are crazy and we know that, but it really is worth the wait. Just remember not to come in big groups or thinking to stay longer for a chat with your friends after dinner.
Their specialties are worth the wait (ie: tuna sashimi with sesame sauce, the spicy agedashi tofu, baked eggplant, and mango and salmon roll). Everything else is also decent but not spectacular, but it's good value for their prices. Service is friendly. Good and decently priced sushi restaurants are hard to find in Vancouver. Toshi is one my favourites.
If you don't mind the wait (and we've waited anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour), Toshi offers fresh sushi. We went a few weeks ago on a Saturday night around 8 pm and waited about 35 minutes. Sure better value can be had from picking up sushi from Fujiya but for freshly made sushi, Toshi's is good option. We've always been served promptly with friendly service but that's probably because they want to turn the tables over quickly. It's a very small restaurant where you wait, order, eat n' go; it' not a place to chat and linger. I wouldn't recommend having a party of more than 4 as the wait will be too long. It's not worth it to us to wait line for an hours for "cheap priced, large portion, so-so quality" food but every now and then when we have the patience to wait for up to 40-45 minutes for good quality, well priced sushi, we head over to Toshi.
This place is one of the best japanese restaurants I've been to. There's a huge lineup all the time but once you get in, the wait's worth it. You're served by some 40+ year japanese waitresses (it's very cute!) and the food is outstanding. The nigiri is fresh. We loved some of their specials, like the caramel eggplant. It's not as cheap as some other places in town, like Sushi Garden, but this place is solid and AUTHENTIC. Would be back here sooner if I had more money.
I found the food here flavorful and well-plated. The sushi was soft and the rice was moist and soft, and not in the bland kind of way. However, the servers and staff act like the Soup-Nazi in that episode of Seinfeld! They herd you in and herd you out as if you were cattle! The service is quick and rushed, and the atmosphere is rather cramped. It is good, but for a nice, relaxed, evening, I recommend going somewhere else.
This was my second time going to Toshi’s. After my first visit, I said I wouldn’t go back but since a friend wanted to go there last week, I said I would give it another try.
We waited over 45 minutes for a table (which I’m fine with as I know it’s a small restaurant and popular). Unfortunately, I had to ask the waitress 3 times to fill my glass with water. I also felt rushed and that they were doing me a favour by serving me food!
The food was average at best and the price is comparable for the quality of food. I like the location as it’s close to my apartment but there are many other restaurants around my neighbourhood that would appreciate me as a customer.
My wife and I had heard that this was a popular Sushi place and decided to give it a try. We lined up and i can tell you honestly the wait was absolutely not worth it.
I ordered their Sashimi, Toro Sashimi and assorted sushi and it was watery and not fresh. The atmosphere is cramped and the service is very poor, ignoring small party tables seems to the norm there. Id say the food was very average and perhaps if you are a poor student on a tight budget its acceptable but then again so in Mcdonalds and at least they are not rude there.
Toshi is a prime example of "you get what you pay for"
This is just a clarification on my post below.
My wife and I (she is chinese) eat at many busy Asian restaurants and expecting a "how you all doin?" smiling face is not our expectations.
If they would have stopped my wife at the door and said "sorry but we cannot seat you until your full party is there" then so be it. The fact that it happened after they were seated, handed menus, coats off , ready to order etc - where they had to endure the embarassment is what is unacceptable. They broke their own rule by seating my family without checking the party's size and then backpedalled to the embarassment of my wife.
Great food for my first time, after the 40min wait. Sat at the sushi bar so i could watch the sushi chef's no smiles just buisness. Dont bother me i wont bother him, because i know whats comming SASHIMI !!!! Great food loved the no BS chefs, and the servers had my number all night...
You can't beat this sushi but be prepared to wait in line. There is a lineup outside the restaurant every weekday before they open. Luckily you can write your name down on a sheet if there is a line up and they'll call your name when a table comes available.
The service is blazing fast and the food is great but get there as quick as you can before they open.
Yes...waiting in line and submitting to the inquisition regarding the number of people in the party is a pain...however, the sushi is wonderful! The ambiance leaves much to be desired. I found the sushi to be fresh and very flavourful.
we usually eat at all you can eat Japenese restuarants either in Vancouver or Richmond. We had heard about Toshi's and decided to give it a try. Yes there was a wait, but it was worth it. We had an awesome meal, although we couldn't get a table and had to sit at the bar, the food was excellent- very top quality we loved it... And as for the service- awesome as well!
I absolutely loved this little restaurant. The ambiance is great, exactly like some of the little restaurants I visited in Japan. The servers were all very friendly, if slightly rushed (this place is always packed!). The food was great. Not only was it delivered quickly dispite how busy it was, but it tasted wonderful. Best motoyaki I've ever had! I'd reccomend this restaurant to anyone, but come early, or you'll never get a seat.
We had heard of Toshi's for a long time but did not want to wait in line but went early this day with a friend from Japan. Sushi was good, rolls fresh and small enough to pop into your mouth without having to bite them and have them fall apart on the table. Was disappointed with the thick doughy tempura batter on the veggie tempura dish though. Thought it should have been light and crispy. Baked eggplant dish was good, and I don't usually like eggplant. Would come back for a second try though, as long as it was early and I didn't have to wait.
OK, I eat out alot and this place is really god honest the best for sushi / Japanese food. I can't believe how good everthing is and I mean everything...sushi, tapas, don, noodles...etc.etc.... yes the line up is LONG but oh so worth the wait. Why is there a line up? Is it not obvious, this place rocks! You'll fall in love with the food immediately and will crave it every few days. Prices are reasonable and for the quality you get, worth every penny!!! Go Toshi Go! Love it!
Was coming into town for an evening and you just can't pass up Sushi while in town. Read some of the reviews here and decided to try Toshi. Was very impressed with the food quality! Atmosphere is very low key and for me it is all about value. Great food. Friendly staff, informal but fun. Lineup, but worth the wait. Will certainly be going back here.
I must agree with one of the previous reviews by tgx78. Funny thing is I've also read "smelly" review thought local Japanese BBS. So here I was. To be fair, I tried a little bit of everything including sushi (both nigiri & roll), sashimi, grilled & deep-fried items. They may be authentic - not terrible, but less than great. Just like you find many mediocre burger places in town, there are average Japanese restaurants in Japan, too. With this quality, I find this place rather expensive. Well, as I work neaby, I might give another chance.
The best sushi that I have ever had in my life! Pricing was good, food was superb and service was outstanding. Go for the rolls if you have a limited budget because they are cheap and in good portion. Their HOUSE COMBO #5 ($13.95) is the thing to go for if you like sushi, you get 10 piece of assorted sushi all made right before you order. The recommended rolls are: Nigi Toro ($3), Nigi Hama ($3), Spider Roll ($6.95!), House Roll ($4.95) and BC Roll ($4.25). If you dont have a tight budget, order TORO sashimi, Uni Sushi, and Blue Fin Tuna Sushi (if they have it; it taste better than the regular tuna).
PS Get there before they open or you will have to line-up and wait because restaurant is small (only 28 seats total, which 8 seats are Sushi Bar)
I have only been to Toshi once but I walk by almost everyday to see a massive line of people waiting to eat there. Unfortunately folks I hate to say it but this place doesn't quite live up to the hype. The sushi is very good but to me it doesn't justify the lines and word of mouth. We had sashimi with rice as well as a few rolls and all were scrumptious.
The place was busy (always is) and the privacy was minimal. I did feel a bit rushed but not as much as I expected to be. I do believe they are focused on quality but at the end of the day it is a business and all customers need to be satisfied (including those in line). The ambiance was nothing to remember.
I would eat here again but I wouldn't wait in line so in lieu of that I won't be eating there anytime soon.
This place is very small and is always packed, but once the first wave of diners finish their meals, it isn't so bad. Our waitress was very kind. Our tea was always refilled. The food is delicious. The sashimi is very fresh and melts in your mouth. The color of the salmon is amazing. I wish we had the chance to try the oyster motoyaki but they had run out already and it was only 5:45 (they open at 5:00)! The food was great, the service was attentive. Even though the restaurant is small, I like the ambience because it's cozy. I felt a bit like a goldfish in a bowl however as we were seated by the window and there quite a few people outside waiting for their own table gazing at what we were eating. It was a bit distracting because you could feel eyes on you as you ate :D Regardless, I love this place.