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.
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.
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?
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:
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)