The Spend A Lot list is Joanne’s sky’s-the-limit guide to dining in the big city.

#13 Shoushin


Walking into Shoushin is like entering a Japanese zen garden. Choose to sit either at the sushi bar, one of only 2 in North America made of rare Japanese Hinoki wood, or rest your bare feet on river stones in a recessed Tatami. Outstanding service kicks the experience up a notch, but the food is why it made the list. Octopus is more tender than I’ve ever experienced (I’m told it gets this way by spending hours in a washing machine on spin cycle – I’m sure something was lost in translation but whatever they did worked wonders). Tuna trio boasts 3 versions of fattiness, impeccably fresh and cut in generous portions. Cooked dishes are quite good too, notably the bonito-spiked miso soup with sweet baby clams. Omakase comes in $80, $120, and $250 versions. If you’re hungry go for the middle one, but unless you’re into waygu the top option isn’t worth the money.

  • Shoushin
  • 3328 Yonge Street, Toronto (map)
  • 416-488-9400

  • Chef: Jackie Lin
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Cost of dinner for two: $200
  • Hours: Tues. to Sat. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly:
  • Wines available: 45
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $35
  • Private party area: Semi-private
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking, Green P nearby and valet service Friday and Saturday
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