Toshi

Toshi

Budget-friendly Japanese/pan-Asian joint in the Grand Millenium Al Wadha Reviews

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Toshi was off the radar for a while (we heard it was having a facelift) but now it’s back, and it seems to be back with a vengeance. The snazzy red and black theme, heightened in the evening with all the red lantern business going on, makes this a very stylish place to dine. We appreciated the attention to detail; from the Chinese etchings on the silver ends of your chopsticks to the flask shaped soy sauce holder with its glass stopper, and the music, which varied between tribal ambient and soulful Japanese, it all felt tastefully thought out.

Wait staff here are not only friendly and attentive, they’re also very clued-up. When we suffered an indecisive moment about ordering a bowl of rice with our sashimi, our waitress was quick to suggest that we’d probably not need it. She was right. The sansyu sashimi needed no rice with which to be enjoyed. This was three generous slices of tuna, salmon and mackerel on beds of grated radish. The tuna was prime-cut (the fatty kind) and chewy with a hint of something woody that lingered like an aftertaste. It suggested that this fish was semi- smoked, but it wasn’t – we know this, because we asked. In spite of our inquisitiveness, we’re still none the wiser about what the tuna had been subjected to before ending up on our plate, but whatever it was, it tasted great. The salmon was also terrific; fresh and melt-in-your mouth tender. And the mackerel deserves much praise, particularly because mackerel is normally a very oily and heavy fish, but this one had been treated to something lemony which lightened the fishy taste and made it more pleasant.

Along with the sashimi, we ordered two of the chef’s specialty maki rolls. Both of them were best enjoyed without soy sauce to better appreciate all the different flavours at play. The King of the Sea, was a combination of crispy salmon skin, king crab, mango, avocado, pickled radish and cream cheese. It was a chewy mouthful of sweet and sour that worked well with the crab and seaweed. The Korean ConFusion was a maki made of smoked eel, kimchi, pickled radish and Japanese mayo. It was crunchy and sweet, with a kick from the kimchi and a hint of mayonnaise which, thankfully, it wasn’t swimming in (this seems to be the case with a lot of sushi places in Abu Dhabi, when they try to be imaginative with maki rolls – ahem, hint hint guys).

After such a satisfying meal we expected the bill to make us flinch a little, particularly when we’re so used to all our favourite Japanese joints being on the steep side. Refreshingly, this wasn’t the case.

The bill (for one)
King of the Sea
Dhs40
Korean ConFusion Dhs30
Sansyu sashimi Dhs45
Total (excluding service) Dhs115

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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Details

  • Location: Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Al Wahdah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 443 9999
  • Travel: Hazza Bin Zayed Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: Peter Maas on 16 Jan ' 14 at 04:45
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We have been there about 10 times last year for the dinner buffet on Thursday nights. The service is super friendly, and the choices of food are very good and plenty.
The price including drinks (even Sake) is very competitive
We will certainly go there again.

Posted by: Ned Block on 05 Mar ' 13 at 19:09
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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This place has a buffet 4 nights per week and an ala carte menu the other nights. The buffet is truly dreadful. The one halfway decent item is the sashimi but there was hardly any there. When we asked them for more they put on 8 pieces of sashimi that disappeared in an instant. The patrons hovered waiting for more sashimi and the put in dribs and drabs. The cooked dishes and sushi were amateurish. One star is an exaggeration for the food but it wouldn't let me give zero stars.

Posted by: melody on 26 Feb ' 13 at 12:19
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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I've been here for almost every week now, I love this place.The friendly and absolutely accommodating staff. The wide range of choices and of course the best sushi in town. Already recommended the place to my friends.

Posted by: Bruce on 06 Jan ' 13 at 06:06
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food, the staff and decor are just awesome! The sushi, oyster on the half shell and main line were just delicious and fresh. The sushi is the best I've tasted in town. The fine cuts of sashimi (raw fish) was tasty as well. The staff is diverse and come from many different Asian countries. They are very friendly, courteous and professional. Never had to call them to refill my glasses or clear the table. They do service well. If you've never been there, the hostess will show you around the buffet. As long as they don't change anything, this will definitely be my place to return and recommend to my friends.

Posted by: Devendra on 11 Jun ' 11 at 17:31
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Nice food and great service, should come and try don't miss it

Posted by: Ana on 19 Dec ' 10 at 05:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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