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Located near Yonge and Sheppard, Sushi Moto is one of my go-to sushi restaurants in the North York area.

Kaiso Salad

The prices here are a little on the higher side to match its upscale feel. The restaurant occupies a large space which has a slick and modern feel to it with its dark wooden banquettes and décor. There are booths all along the sides of the restaurants, with tables and a sushi bar in the middle of the restaurant. I recently sat near the back of the restaurant and discovered the restaurant is a lot larger than I originally thought. After eating at so many restaurants with tables inches apart, it’s nice eating at a spacious restaurant.

At Sushi Moto, they always start you off with a complimentary amuse bouche, consisting of a small bowl of noodles in soup. Every time I have this, it’s never very hot and the noodles are on the softer side. But hey, you can’t complain about free stuff!

They have a pretty extensive menu with various sushi and sashimi combos. They also have a large menu full of rolls, some of which have interesting names such as the “Electric Banana” and “Erotica” roll.

Maki Combo 3 - A California roll, dragon roll, rainbow roll, salmon maki and a spider roll

Sometimes we start with the Kaiso salad – seasoned green seaweed salad ($5.95). Despite how much I love seaweed salad, I don’t always order this here because at six bucks, it’s pretty steep for what you get. But sometimes, I just can’t resist it.

When we’re feeling hungry, Mike and I often go for one of their combos. On one occasion, when we were feeling particularly ambitious, we ordered the Maki Combo #3 – a California roll, dragon roll, rainbow roll, salmon maki and a spider roll ($44.95 for the 36 pieces). This was all just for lunch, too. Needless to say, we had a tough time finishing all this. All the rolls were solid but we ended up leaving most of the California roll, which wasn’t anything special.

Spicy Scallop Roll

What I love about this place is how much effort they put into their presentation. Whenever you order a few rolls, they always plate it so nicely with a design consisting of three different types of sauce, which makes for a great dipping sauce I might add!

We’ve tried the Spicy Chopped Scallop Roll ($7.95) a few times. Taste-wise it’s pretty solid but, like most things here, the price is a little high for what it is.

We’ve also had their Matsu Sushi Combo – 13 pieces nigiri sushi, California roll and a salmon maki (25 pieces for $24.95). The nigiri sushi consisted of salmon, tuna and cooked shrimp. The fish is always fresh and their sushi doesn’t come with a ton of rice, so the ratio of fish to rice is quite high. Their nigiri already has wasabi in it, so you might want to request it to be left out if you’re not a wasabi fan.

Spicy Combo - spicy crab, spicy salmon and spicy tuna rolls

On another occasion, we ordered one of their lunch combos – the Spicy Combo – spicy crab, spicy salmon and spicy tuna. All the spicy rolls came with “crunch” (aka tempura flakes). I feel like most sushi restaurants include this “crunch” in their spicy rolls, which I don’t actually prefer. Nevertheless, the rolls individually were pretty good. I just wish we hadn’t ordered this spicy combo since they all tasted so similar.

Like I said, this is one of my go-to sushi restaurants. The prices are on the high side (especially for their appetizers and small rolls), so I’d recommend going with one of their combos. Bottom line – good food, but only if you’re willing to spend a few more bucks.

A spicy scallop, spider and black dragon roll

At a glance:

  • Good but pricey
  • Located near Yonge and Sheppard
  • Open late – till 2am
  • Ratings (out of 5):

  • Food: 4 stars
  • Service: 4 stars
  • Atmosphere: 4 stars
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