3403 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4N 2M8
One of the better sushi spots you'll find in the GTA.
Shinobu Sushi is a tiny quaint little restaurant on Yonge near Lawrence. On this tiny strip of street, you'll find a place that seats about 20 people serving up very good sushi. You have to make reservations if you expect to get seating at the place, especially during the weekends.
For plates, we tried their Conch with Miso, Seafood Yakisoba, and their Toritan Nanben, which is essentially panko breaded fried chicken with tartar sauce. The conch was a daily special and it was alright. The conch was good, but the miso made it a bit bitter. The Seafood Yakisoba was decent, but I wasn't a big fan of the seafood (small shrimp, cut up tiny squid). The noodles were great though. Their very popular Toritan Nanben seemed a bit overrated to me. The fried chicken was a bit greasy and there's nothing too special about it, other than the fact that it is served with tartar sauce.
Though the hot food wasn't the greatest, the sushi was incredible. With regards to the sushi, we had the Volcano Rainbow Roll ($10), the Supreme Assorted Sushi, and some extra Uni sushi on the side. The Volcano Rainbow Roll was fantastic. The rice tasted so good and the roll just blended so smoothly together. You can tell it was put together well and is topped with honey sauce, which worked real well.
The Supreme Assorted Sushi platter ($32) was just as amazing. The sushi pieces were well put together and most of them had some kick to it, whether it be wasabi under the fish or minced ginger and onion. The salmon is my absolute favorite as they got this elongated fatty piece of salmon that made me wished I spent all my money on getting more of it. The sweet shrimp was enormous! Meaty shrimp make me realize those AYCE sushis are so mediocre. The Uni was creamy and melts in your mouth like butter.
Shinobu serves excellent sushi and some of the best in the GTA. The place is nice and small. The service is uber friendly and they shout at you when you walk in and when you leave (in a good way and not nearly as loud as any izakaya). There are some better places downtown, but if you're up north, you should definitely give it a shot.
Ambience: B | Service: A- | Price: B | Food: B+