The Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant, located in Whitby, Ontario, has one of the best sushi buffets I’ve ever seen and experienced. I went to Kyoto House recently while traveling through Canada, and I highly recommend it to anyone staying in the Toronto area.
The Kyoto House is not much to speak of, at least if one is looking at it from the outside. Located in a mini-mall, the bright green sign simply announces the name of the restaurant. Stepping inside, however, one is greeted by the small and cozy restaurant interior. Several curtained booths line the left side of the restaurant, while tables fill the open area. A medium-sized sushi bar stands in the back.
I went to Kyoto House with a party of four other persons. We arrived around 6PM, and were seated immediately in one of the restaurant’s booths. Our waitress offered us the regular menu and the buffet menu. It didn’t take us long to figure out that we all wanted the buffet; a good half of what was on the regular menu was also offered on the buffet menu.
Some Japanese restaurants offer a decent sushi buffet, but that’s pretty much all you get with the buffet. Not so at Kyoto House; one can take all kinds of sushi and sashimi, yet there are also selections of teriyaki, salad, stir fry, fruit, green tea ice cream, and even BBQ pork ribs.
My party quickly ordered up at least five trays-worth of maki, sashimi, and nigiri. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the place even offered white tuna, which is rarely served on a buffet. We also ordered green tea, salad, and gyoza.
The sushi took a bit of time to arrive, which was not unexpected given the amount we had ordered. Our other food arrived much more quickly. I did enjoy the gyoza, and the fruit I ordered (orange slices) was a welcome respite from all the salty-sweet rice and fish meat.
Our sushi arrived in due time and was wonderful. The pieces of salmon and white tuna sashimi were tender and not frozen, and my rainbow roll was topped with thick slices of various fish. I even got to try some eel-filled rolls (I’m not a big fan of eel). Our waitress was very attentive, coming by several times to refill our cups with green tea and to clear trays.
Despite our huge repast, we ordered seconds. I simply had to have some additional pieces of salmon and tuna sashimi, and a tuna and avocado roll. We casually ate our second sushi feast, then called it a night.
Our bill came to about $20 a person (Canadian dollars, of course). That is certainly not a bad price, especially for someone coming from the U.S. I’ve often paid much more for much less in the States.
I would certainly come back to the Kyoto House, should I be traveling through Canada again in the future.
Here is some additional information about Kyoto House:
Kyoto House Japanese Restaurant
443 Brock Street North
Whitby, Ontario, L1N 4H8, Canada
Phone: (905) 666-9400