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Omurice, Curry, Katsu-Don, Japanese Diner-type restaurant?

Raith09 Feb 21, 2009 09:14 PM

Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone knew any good Japanese Restaurants in Toronto that serve diner type meals like, Omurice, Curry, Katsu-don, Oyaku-don, etc. Basicly the kind of foods you'de find in small cafes around Japan.

I was watching Lunch Queen which is a Japanese drama and have been having a craving for Omurice and Curry!!! Any help at all would be fantastic, thanks!

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    tjr RE: Raith09 Feb 21, 2009 09:31 PM

    Ematei, Manpuku, the restaurant in J-Town. etc... A lot of the Chinese/Korean-owned places do katsu, though not well... These are all fairly easy dishes to do at home if you don't find a place that tastes right. Have you had these dishes in Japan before?

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      Notorious P.I.G. RE: tjr Feb 21, 2009 10:58 PM


      If you make it at home do a Curry Katsu with melted cheese. So good.

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      katana750 RE: Raith09 Feb 22, 2009 05:58 AM

      where about is your location? There are lots of places. Some restaourants that don;t have it for dinner sometimes have it on lunch menu, (Take sushi as an example). Downtown, Tokyo Kitchen, Tokyo Grill, Ematei, Toshi Sushi etc.... North Toronto, Inakaya, Takarabune, ........ East Zen, Kobo, Cafe Michi....... and many others....I didn't like Mampuku's curry that much , but it is cheap. There was no body is the flavour of curry. As for Katsu and other fried things It isn't hard to make at home but I personally don't make deep fried things at home because of the clean-up and smell of oil in the house.

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        hippotatomus RE: katana750 Mar 6, 2009 10:17 AM

        Even though I don't like Ajisen Ramen.... my SO recently picked up some take out from there. It was a curry with fried shrimp and I really enjoyed the curry.

      2. Teep RE: Raith09 Feb 22, 2009 06:02 AM

        Of the items you listed, only Omurice is hard to find. I've seen it at the cafe in J-town (as tjr said) and the menu of Sushi Tomato on Steeles.

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          tksh RE: Teep Feb 23, 2009 08:08 AM

          The Taiwanese katsu-don place on Silverstar by Pacific Mall does omurice too.

          I wouldn't recommend the curry rice at ematei, it's very plain.

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            vincechan RE: tksh Apr 17, 2009 02:10 PM

            tksh, could you elaborate more on this katsu-don place? It's not the bubble-tea spot right?

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              tksh RE: vincechan Apr 23, 2009 11:52 AM

              It was just beside Destiny but it looks like both Destiny and the kastudon place are closed for renovations now (same owners). Wonder what'll it be when it re-opens.

              On a side note, I had a curry katsudon at Ematei a few weeks and it was very average.

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                katana750 RE: tksh Apr 24, 2009 09:42 AM

                you mean Katsu curry? Curry and katsudon is are not one item. I had katsu curry a couple of weeks ago and the sauce seemed weak to me. Haven't had katsudon in a while.

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                  tksh RE: katana750 Apr 24, 2009 09:47 AM

                  If katsudon is katsu on top of a bowl of rice with an egg then I meant curry katsu. My bad.

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            hippotatomus RE: Teep Mar 6, 2009 10:17 AM

            Soban at Yonge and Finch has omurice.. but it's like Korean style I guess. Can't say it was all that great.. but they have it.

          3. Notorious P.I.G. RE: Raith09 Feb 22, 2009 12:03 PM

            You can actually find Omurice at Ka-Chi on Bloor St. West. Albeit Korean style. It's pretty good.

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              CoffeeAddict416 RE: Notorious P.I.G. Feb 22, 2009 12:04 PM

              what i wouldn't give for some of my mom's omurice right now!
              and her tonkatsu!
              and her japanese-style curry!

              all with a korean touch of course :D

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                Notorious P.I.G. RE: CoffeeAddict416 Feb 22, 2009 12:36 PM

                What I wouldn't give for some of your mom's omurice right now!
                and her tonkatsu
                and her japanese style curry.

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              tribe RE: Raith09 Feb 22, 2009 01:38 PM

              They have average curry at Sushi Garden on Yonge north of St. Clair. Bad curry at Tokyo Kitchen

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                Bobby Wham RE: tribe Mar 8, 2009 06:06 PM

                Hm, what makes it bad?

              2. Bobby Wham RE: Raith09 Mar 6, 2009 09:54 AM

                Tokyo Kitchen at Yonge & Chales has really good Omelette rice with beef curry, their croquette curry is good too

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                  dimsumyum RE: Bobby Wham Apr 10, 2009 08:26 PM

                  Tokyo Kitchen is a great place. It's the only place i've been able to find in Toronto that has decent home cooked stuff that makes me think of japan. it's a no frills place. super simple. Good kare raisu, oyakodon, and katsudon. authentic. only thing is that the place doesnt have a bathroom in the restaurant and you have to get the key and use the restroom in the green P parking lot next door. but dont worry - its decently clean.

                2. aser RE: Raith09 Mar 6, 2009 08:02 PM

                  Most well rounded for cooked food in Toronto is Ematei, no doubt in my mind.

                  Tokyo Kitchen is homey, but beware of the heavy deep fried oil smell permeating the entire restaurant. The kitchen is tiny afterall....

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                    CoffeeAddict416 RE: aser Mar 7, 2009 05:26 AM

                    just a quick note that Tokyo Kitchen is just finishing renovations right now
                    they may or may not be open this week

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                    elrik RE: Raith09 Apr 24, 2009 10:14 AM

                    I don't remember the name of the place, but there is a fast food japanese place in the T&T at Steeles just west of McCowan that has some tasty stuff along the lines of what you are looking for. My wife and I always go for the soft tofu soup of the Korean place next to it, but we have gotten the omurice on several occasions for our kids to share, and we have gotten a few other dishes for ourselves from there as well and all of it was very tasty.

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                      vincechan RE: elrik Apr 24, 2009 08:17 PM

                      Yup.. the T&T foodcourt has a stall that sells okonomiyaki and takoyaki... didn't see the omurice, but I might have to check that out!

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