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Jul 26, 2004 11:35 AM

Best Teppanyaki in the GTA

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As we all know, sushi bars/restaurants are a dime a dozen in this town, but good teppanyaki is hard to find. At one end we have been to Benihana and found it horribly overpriced for what you get, and at the other we have been to Memories of Japan on Don Mills Rd at Eglinton which is inexpensive but the quality is very inconsistent. Any better suggestions?

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  1. I have been to Yamato on Bellair (between Cumberland Av & Yorkville Av). I have found it to be a pretty reliable place -- I have never been blown away, but also never disappointed. It is a bit expensive for dinner, but good value for lunch. My wife & I will often go, both order their Chicken & Shrimp combo (includes soup & salad) and walk out for less than $25 (including tax & tip)!

    Let me know what you think...

    1. Haha.. funny question.

      Seriously, anyone ever been to a Tep. joint where the "chef" isn't a student working part time?

      Or one who can actually speak fluent Japanese?

      1. There are a couple of Akasakas around. I've been to the one at Empress Walk, and while I didn't have teppanyaki, they do serve it. The food I did have was exceptionally good, so I'm fairly confident the teppanyaki would also be good. It's pricier than Memories, but I would assume more consistent and since the staff was wonderfully professional, I would assume that unlike Memories, I'd have to neither ask for water 4 times before I received it nor argue with the chef about whether women should remain uneducated housewives.

        1. Yep, there aren't many around. The best of the handful I've been to is Akasaka at Empress Walk in North York. Yamato in Yorkville is decent as well but doesn't offer the selection of seafood that Akasaka does.

          1. I posted this as a new thread but got no replies thus far so thought I'd tack it on down here too.

            We want to have Japanese Teppanyaki for our 3rd anniversary. So, on doing research on what few Teppanyaki places we have in town, we've narrowed it down to Akasaka vs Aki Da. Their teppanyaki menus are very similar as are the prices so we can go either way. Which is the better of the two? We live on the far east end of town so they're essentially equidistant to us. Thank you for any and all advice. We are not sushi fans so do not waste bandwidth comparing their sushi bars. Compare their teppanyaki only.

            Aki Da: