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#45 Solo Sushi Ya

Solo Sushi Ya

One of the best Japanese restaurants in Toronto is in Newmarket. Put yourself in the hands of sushi artist Jyo Gao, from Yokohama. His omakase is almost overwhelmingly pleasurable. There are often several kinds of raw shrimp, from differing depths of water and hence with different tastes. Mr. Gao slices raw sushi fish on the diagonal for great flavour and texture; he sources sweet, almost crunchy, wild white clams from Eastern Europe for sushi, and the freshest smoked mackerel. Even his sushi rice is ridiculously fine, the rice grains warm and moist. Deep-fried tofu becomes poetic topped with a flurry of smoked shaved bonito. The dough on his dumplings is gossamer, his chawanmushi (savoury egg custard) is the texture of silk underwear. Inhale.


  • Solo Sushi Ya
  • 291 Davis Dr., Newmarket (map)
  • 905-898-6868
  • www.solosushiya.com

  • Chef: Jyo Gao
  • Sous Chef: Mitsu Ru
  • Cuisine: Japanese,Sushi
  • Cost of dinner for two: $130
  • Hours: Wed. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wed. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes (with advance warning)
  • Wines available: 10 wines, 20+ sakes
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $20
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes (no American Express)
  • Parking: Free plaza parking
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