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Japanese Grocer

I'm expecting my lovely wife (who is Japanese) and my daughter from Japan any day now (visa issues) and she has given me the mission of finding 'real' Japanese groceries in the GTA. We will be living in Brampton, but if anyone knows a good Japanese grocer in the GTA I would appreciate if you could pass it along.

In particular I'm looking for:

mugi-cha
natto
rice
and apanman bread, which is a sweet bread for kids (which my daughter loves)
tofu

My wife also heard unconfirmed rumours (through an Internet chat site) that some No Frills sells natto. I checked at my local No Frills but couldn't find any, and I find it hard to believe that No Frills would stock it. Perhaps in some locations. Any leads?

Thanks

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  1. Sanko on Queen St. W. has it all, if you feel like coming downtown.

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    1. re: childofthestorm

      That place is all right, but the owner was rude to my wife a few years ago when we were in Toronto. She wasn't my wife then, but we were dating and he told her to ditch me and marry a nice Japanese boy. He also said she should leave Canada and go back to Japan, because Canada wasn't a good place to live.

    2. Wakame at Jones and Danforth has most of this if you are in East End.

      1. try Jtown at Steeles and Woodbine. They have 5 stores in one. You can get everything there that you are looking for. As well they have a small Japanese resteraunt that has real Japanese food.
        There is a Japanese bakery called Nakamura which makes the
        apan bread.
        The grocery store is called Heisei, they have the natto and the mugi-cha, but that you can also find in some chinese stores.
        They have alot of rice that you dont find in other stores, but is expensive.
        There is a jeweler there as well as fish market, that makes the sushi as well.
        Check it out they have so much there.

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        1. You could try Little Tokyo on Augusta Street in Kensington Market. It's a small Japanese grocery store that sells a variety of things that seem to be straight from Japan, though I can't say for sure whether they sell the specific things you listed.

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          1. re: Gary

            owners are exceptionally nice at Little Tokyo! always am treated exceptionally well and remembered everytime i visit. the owner @ sanko was rude to me as well. i guess a tattoo'd eurasian kid who likes high end incense would surprise some people....lol. i can also highly recommend J town. you can order japanese groceries online like i used to, when i wanted the Ito-en green tea in BULK ( no cals so i drink like 4 a day), but T&T on lakeshore/cherry has a good selection.

          2. Though overwhelmingly Chinese, T&T has a decently-sized Japanese section for groceries. There's a location in Mississauga.

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            1. re: xtal

              What's the full name of T&T? Phone number? Address? I can't seem to find it in the Mississauga phone book...

              1. re: thedarkcanuck

                T&T supermarket has a website you can check: http://www.tnt-supermarket.com/

                The closest location to Brampton is the Mississauga (Central Parkway) store. Intersection is: Central Parkway W & Mavis Rd.

                Address:
                715 Central Parkway West,
                Mississauga, Ontario
                L5B 4L1
                Store hours:
                Sunday - Thursday
                9:00 am - 10:00 pm
                Friday - Saturday
                9:00 am - 11:00 pm
                Phone: 905.848.8113
                Fax: 905.848.9113

                Yes they do have a lot of Japanese products, although I'm not sure if they carry specific things you listed. Their stuff is certainly cheaper than JTown's. I have just come back from my Japan trip, so when I compare the prices, JTown's is at least 2x more expensive than in Japan!

                Otherwise you can also try PAT Korean Supermarket on Dundas St close to Cawthra. They should also have some Japanese products.