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Teppanyaki in Toronto

katesalter Jan 17, 2009 10:08 AM

Can anyone recommend a place to experience Teppanyaki in the GTA?

Thank you :)

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    TexSquared RE: katesalter Jan 17, 2009 10:46 AM

    The first step is to totally avoid Memories of Japan.

    If you want cheap, Tako Sushi on Don Mills Rd. isn't bad. Not good, but not bad.

    If you want better, one of my favorites is Akasaka in Richmond Hill:

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      summ3r RE: TexSquared Feb 21, 2009 07:59 AM

      I am completely seconding the advice to avoid Memories of Japan. My dh took me there for Valentines dinner because our first choice was totally booked. Should have stayed home.
      It was so underwhelming I actually came here today to see if I could find somewhere nice to go the next time we want teppanyaki.

    2. sweetie RE: katesalter Jan 17, 2009 11:44 AM

      I have always enjoyed the show at Taste of Japan on Woodbine just north of Esna Park ( in Markham). Although I have to admit some of the chefs are more engaging then others. Doing things like flipping food in to peoples mouths, letting patrons crack the egg for the fried rice. In my experience the food is average, but the chefs make the meal fun.

      1. Poorboy RE: katesalter Jan 17, 2009 12:38 PM

        I am partial to Katsura at York Mills and Don Mills.
        While some of the long time chefs have moved on, there is still some of the old boys around that can do a wonderful job.
        They also have certified Wagyu on the menu.

        1. Poorboy RE: katesalter Jan 17, 2009 12:47 PM

          Sorry, this is link

          900 York Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3B3H2, CA

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            aser RE: Poorboy Jan 17, 2009 06:46 PM

            I haven't been back since the Prince Hotel was sold and the old chefs were purged. Still good? I guess not all of them were let go?

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              katana750 RE: aser Jan 17, 2009 08:02 PM

              It used to be my favorite until they closed the Robata and moved the Sushibar downstairs. However the menu remains the same. I never liked the teppanyaki sauce though.

          2. sumashi RE: katesalter Jan 18, 2009 01:38 AM

            I think the teppanyaki at Yamato in Yorkville is pretty good. I've been to Taste of Japan as well, but the presentation and food was better at Yamato.

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              LTL RE: sumashi Jan 19, 2009 08:37 AM

              I've only tried Yamato and was unimpressed. Flavours were generic and not exciting. Fun different experience, but not good value for what I paid.

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                exquisite RE: LTL Jan 19, 2009 01:57 PM

                I agree. Yamato was a bit of a letdown. I've also been to Benihana (multiple times) and Katsura (once), and I do have to say that by far Benihana was the best experience out of the 3. Katsura was also pretty decent, and if you are more uptown-ish, I would recommend it.

                I've been to Akasaka in Richmond Hill but not for teppanyaki. Should try it soon...

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                  cakelover36 RE: exquisite Feb 23, 2009 01:23 PM

                  I guess I'm in the minority but I love Yamato. A must order is the upgrade to garlic fried rice for $3.

            2. genie81 RE: katesalter Feb 23, 2009 07:19 PM

              My first choice is Benihana at the Fairmont Royal York hotel. http://benihana.sites.toronto.com/men...

              Second choice would be A Taste of Japan (as mentioned by sweetie).

              100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

              A Taste Of Japan Restaurant
              7501 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R2W1, CA

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                kweenshaker RE: katesalter Feb 28, 2009 07:01 PM

                In the beach.

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