Toronto’s AYCE (all-you-can-eat) sushi destinations are utilitarian by design. Devoid of pretentiousness, they’re the secular churches of sushi consumption, ready to fill your plate without (too much) judgment while you plow your way through as much rice-paired raw seafood, vegetables, and/or fruit as you can take. This is your guide to the best AYCE sushi in your neighbourhood.
With a few outposts scattered across Toronto, Aji Sai is one of the city’s most reliable chains for affordable, plentiful, sushi. Offering more than 100 items at their Queen West location, their all-you-can-eat menu isn’t limited to sushi, either, also serving several varieties of grilled fish, hand rolls, maki, nigiri, sashimi, seaweed salad, tempura, teriyaki dishes, and desserts.
You might not expect to find a high watermark for AYCE sushi above a Fat Bastard Burrito Co. franchise in the club district, but there are dedicated patrons willing to label Urawa’s the best quality AYCE sushi in the province. Buffet lunch is just $12.00 and doesn’t end until 5 p.m.
Sashimi Island brings a tiered AYCE system to a Little Italy busy with sushi options. Offering AYCE menus at three different price points (most rolls, all rolls plus hot dishes, and all the bells and whistles plus their namesake sashimi), this place caters to all sushi-related cravings, but the entry-level buffet option encompasses all of the classics, offering some 50 salmon-, shrimp-, tuna-, and eel-based items.
While sushi offerings in the Annex definitely aren’t limited to the the AYCE variety, it is perhaps the neighbourhood in the city most well-equipped for the epic sushi mow down of your dreams. Find a plenty of rolls, tempura, maki, and sashimi options at Noka and Sakura Japanese.
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In an area boasting plenty of higher end dining options, Sushi Gen makes a case for humbler digs, offering over 120 items of decent quality sushi. One caveat: the AYCE lunch buffet (almost half as cheap) is only available on weekends; they’ll let you order AYCE dinner any day of the week, though.
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Keeping Yonge & Dundas’s AYCE sushi game strong alongside Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant and Sushi House, Spring Sushi stands out with a multinational (iPad) menu that places Japanese dishes next to fare originating from Thailand and Korea.
Ruled under the head chef Michael Lee, formerly the executive chef at Donald Trump’s International Hotel in Manhattan, Fushimi isn’t your average AYCE. Promising Japanese fusion on a whole new level, expect Teppanyaki performances and unique sushi offerings like white tuna with truffle sauce, spicy tuna tar tar, and a salmon ceviche with green salad and tomato sauce.
It’s slim pickings on Bikkuri’s AYCE menu, but what it lacks in selection it makes up for in pricing. As the only AYCE sushi option in the Beaches, it’s still a spot the neighbourhood swears by.
(Main photo by Ames Lai via Flickr)