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Blueicus Apr 29, 2008 08:17 PM

Apart from Japango, does anybody have recommendations for Japanese in the downtown core? We have to go to a show after so it can't be too far from Yuk Yuk's.

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    Blueicus May 2, 2008 10:24 AM

    So I went to Ematei from the suggestions I got and just a quick "review" of the things I tried.

    Tempura appetizer: A good rendition
    Chicken leg meat yakitori. Not bad, though a bit dry (sort of telling for dark meat).
    Grilled Yellowtail (salt). Nice crisp skin, good meat, one of my faves that night
    Duck breast stuffed with spinach. Best dish of the night, IMO. still medium on the inside and the skin was crisp. I like the simplicity of the dish.
    Gyoza. Liked to see it was pan tried as opposed to deep fried at most places, which is a plus. Otherwise reminded me of gyoza everywhere else
    Tekka Maki. A good rendition.
    Uni sushi. Really liked it. Uni was fresh, rich and good. The sushi rice was also generally pretty good
    Spider roll. Used to spider rolls with more stuff than just the crab, but the crab was good though the rice for the larger rolls are a little loose.
    Tuna and Cheese roll. Hahaha, maybe my friend "asked for it" by ordering this but IMO it was an unsuccessful dish. Basically it was nori stuffed with tuna and what appeared to be mozzarella, tempura fried and stuffed in a maki roll. Unfortunately cooked tuna reminds me of canned tuna so it wasn't particularly great.
    They forgot to write down our order for the salmon korroke so I can't comment on them.

    Dinner for 4 came to around 21 each after taxes. I would like to come back to try the ramen and other dishes that aren't available elsewhere.

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    1. re: Blueicus
      jennjen18 Jun 7, 2008 05:45 PM

      Ramen at Ematei isnt that great... noodles were very instant-noodle-like. Not even. It had no oomph, no bounce, not al dente, very .. out of the package. The soup was not flavoured either. The meat wasn't fatty, not that it should be, but I think I would prefer a little fat so that it's nice and moist and not dry. The pork was cut really thick too, so it stuck to the teeth as well. I give it 4/10.

    2. Bobby Wham Apr 30, 2008 03:20 PM

      Yeah, Ematei, My mans Nao, Yuji and Phillip can slice a mean maguro, their saba is really good. Please don't even mention Ho-Su, My friend knew a chef who worked there, they re-use their pan chan. GROSS

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      1. re: Bobby Wham
        foxymoron Apr 30, 2008 04:13 PM

        Pardon my ignorance please, what is pan chan?

        1. re: foxymoron
          Dimbulb Apr 30, 2008 04:58 PM

          free pickles

          1. re: Dimbulb
            Googs Apr 30, 2008 05:00 PM


            To expand on Dimbulb's post:

        2. re: Bobby Wham
          Blueicus May 2, 2008 10:12 AM

          Been to HoSu twice (one on Queen and one on Yonge) and both times were pretty bad. Chose to go to Ematei.

        3. Teep Apr 29, 2008 09:00 PM

          Not sure where exactly is Yuk Yuk's, believe it's in the "theatre district"? How about Ematei on St Patrick North of Queen, they're authentic. Last year I also enjoyed Asakusa, on King East of Spadina, which was run by a young Japanese couple, but I can't find them on yellowpages.ca .

          Why not Japango?

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          1. re: Teep
            LovelyAsia Apr 29, 2008 10:58 PM

            Only one block north of the downtown Yuk-Yuk's is:

            Ematei (as Teep mentioned above)
            30 St. Patrick St. (at Queen St. W.)

            or you could go a little bit west to:

            Toshi Sushi
            565 King St. W. (at Portland St.)

            Ematei is more traditional style Japanese, and Toshi Sushi more modern/gourmet style.

            Both are Japanese owned and operated... if you are looking for something cheap and fast go to the Korean owned Ho-Su which is also close to Yuk-Yuk's:

            254 Queen St. W.(Queen & John Across from City TV)

            1. re: LovelyAsia
              foxymoron Apr 30, 2008 02:20 PM

              If you want something cheap and fast, I'd recommend Crispy Roll over Ho-Su. I've had three bad food experiences at Ho-Su (hair in my food twice, strange tasting beef) and wouldn't go back again. Crispy Roll is on the southside of Queen just east of Duncan.

            2. re: Teep
              Teep May 1, 2008 08:16 AM

              Just passed by and saw that Asakusa is still open. I'll be visiting again. (I think it's 389 King West)

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