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Jul 3, 2006 07:14 PM

Japanese BY Japanese

I am so tired of going to Japanese restaurants only to be served by Korean and Chinese. I don't think they do Japanese as well as actual Japanese people do - can anyone tell me of Japanese restaurants in Toronto that are owned/operated by Japanese people??

If so, are any of them large enough to allow a group to eat together? I'm trying to plan my friend's birthday and want to give her good Japanese food..

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  1. ematei off of st. patrick
    japango on elizabeth street

    for more low key everyday kind of japanese eats.

    hiro sushi on king st w
    kaji in etobicoke

    for your more high end needs ;)

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      I read rumours that Kaji is partner (working lunch) in a place in Scarborough. Cafe Michi on Pharmacy just south of Sheppard.

      1. re: kerwintoronto

        'tis no rumour, you will see him working there some days. i think the real rumour is that Kaji may be using Cafe Michi as a spring board for creating a mini-chain of high quality but informal small sushi joints.

        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          Kaji-san might be a partner at Cafe Michi but it is NOT a strictly Japanese Restaurant!

          1. re: LovelyAsia

            What do you mean by strictly Japanese restaurant ?

            FYI, Kaji is no longer involved in Cafe Michi for a few months.

    2. There is also Konnichiwa in Baldwin village. Nice homey place serving pretty good ramen and other japanese comfort food.

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      1. re: deabot

        Plus, lots of really good, fresh, cooked fish dishes at Kon-Nichi-Wa. Their grilled Flying Fish is great. If you go to Kon-Nichi-Wa you must also have the Unagi. Hands down the best eel I have had since Kaji. Their gyoza at top notch too. They also actually do Nigirzushi -- including one with Umeboshi in it. Fantastic (if you like Umeboshi).

      2. tokyo kitchen east of yonge on charles (ramen noodle soup is fantastic) and okonomi house (very authentic) both run by japanese

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        1. re: Apple

          Do you know the exact address of Tokyo Kitchen? Does it have a website? Or anything that has a menu of it?

          1. re: jennjen18

            I don't know the exact address... if you walk east on Charles, it is one of the restaurants in the parking garage building. It is not super sophisicated but Japanese ppl seem to find it pretty readily... it has ramen and tempuras and nice bento boxes for lunch. the sushi is not extensive but very japanese - small rolls with the right amt of fish & rice.

          2. re: Apple

            As well as Tokyo Grill on Yonge just a few stores north of Wellesley. Sushi there is an afterthought and extremely limited, as they focus on teriyaki kind of dishes. My fave there is tofu steak (a big hunk of grilled tofu wrapped with an omelette) - don't know if that's a Japanese dish or not, but the cooks and owners are Japanese (at least still were I was there a couple of months ago.)

            1. re: Teep

              Thanks for this tip. I live minutes from there, and will give it a try.

          3. Kumai sushi and Jimbay's (both in Mississauga) are also run by Japanese.

            1. Hamasushi at Market Village and the oft mentioned Hashimoto are 100% Japanese owned. Refer to this listing, most of these are Japanese owned. Notice the absence of Sushi on Bloor and such......


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              1. re: aser

                I find Hamasushi over-priced for what it offers - quality of fish, presentation, menu breadth, ambience - although the fish portions are huge on the nigiris.