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Best place to go for teppanyaki in Toronto?

.alias Apr 3, 2011 07:51 PM

Price range at around 30-40 per?

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    TexSquared Apr 3, 2011 09:16 PM

    Akasaka in Richmond Hill is the best I've been to for teppanyaki:


    Worst place to go is Memories of Japan (Don Mills north of Eglinton).

    1. justpete Apr 3, 2011 10:18 PM

      Admittedly, I have only been to three or four teppanyaki restos in the gta, but that's because whenever I'm in the mood for it, I go to Benni-hanna's in the royal York. It's a chain, I know, but they have had a consistent, solid product going on 20 years now. They also have good sushi.

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        .alias Apr 4, 2011 01:47 PM

        I may not have a car, so anywhere downtown or northyork/scarborough?

        I heard good things about yamato.

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          justpete Apr 4, 2011 01:59 PM

          Benni-Hanna's is in the Royal York, across the street from Union station.

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            sweetie Apr 5, 2011 06:12 PM

            Depending on if you are planning to have lunch or dinner Benihana's may not fit into the OP's price range.

            100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

            1. re: sweetie
              justpete Apr 5, 2011 07:54 PM

              It also depends what you order.

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                sweetie Apr 6, 2011 09:26 AM

                Well not really....$36 for an assortment of vegetables, kind of puts Benihana out of the 30 to 40 pp range

                100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J1E4, CA

                1. re: sweetie
                  justpete Apr 6, 2011 11:21 AM

                  I'm not certain - was that with or without tax? Did the OP specify? Did he include tip in that price range? Drinks? Wine? Is $40 the absolute max the OP will spend including all in? Oh rrrrrrrrrright. He didn't say. He just gave us an *approximate* range.

                  "Priced at *around* 30-40 per"

        2. Platoputas Apr 5, 2011 12:03 PM

          If you're downtown, I recommend Yamato in Yorkville, particularly at lunch. The prices are super reasonable, generally $8-$12 for a meal that includes an onion soup, grilled vegetables, your protein of choice (beef, chicken, shrimp, scallops, pork or salmon) and steamed rice.

          At dinner, the tepannyaki dinner also includes a green salad but prices more than double. For example: the Tori Teppanyaki (Chicken) is $9 at lunch, but $22 at dinner. I enjoy the two dipping sauces, one's mustard-based, the other ginger.)


          18 Bellair, Toronto, ON M5S1M8, CA

          1. elvisahmed Apr 5, 2011 12:49 PM

            Ten Ichi In Scarborough has reasonable Teppanyaki. Not High end but decent and its AYCE so a good value IMO.

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              Tony8952 Apr 5, 2011 09:43 PM

              You can stretch your dollar by going for lunch at Yamato (instead of dinner). And then complimenting to the experience with a nice walk in the Yorkville/Bloor Street area.

              Arguably, the teppanyaki is slightly better at Benihana (Royal York hotel) in downtown as well as at Katsura Japanese Restaurant (Westin Prince hotel) in North York. But both are dinner only and more pricey than Yamato's teppanyaki dinner. Regardless, both are not truly great teppanyaki restaurants.

              Cheaper alternatives: In Scarborough, maybe Ten-Ichi Japanese Restaurant. In North York, maybe Tako Sushi Japanese Restaurant. In Markham, maybe a Taste of Japan.

              Has anyone tried the Teppanyaki Grill, Queen St West? Any good?

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                .alias Apr 5, 2011 10:27 PM

                Wow Yamato really has huge fluxuations in prices between lunch and dinner. 28 for lobster/ribeye at lunch, and 28 for only ribeye at dinner... Looks like I'll have to go there for lunch.

                18 Bellair, Toronto, ON M5S1M8, CA

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                  FrankD Apr 5, 2011 10:57 PM

                  Seriously, why don't you try the robota bar at Nami on Adelaide? They cook right in front of you, but they just cook, instead of putting on the fake show. I'd rather have Nami's salmon belly than any bland shrimp/chicken/beef nonsense at either Beni-Hana or Katsura.

                  55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

                  900 York Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3B3H2, CA

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                    justpete Apr 5, 2011 11:28 PM

                    That's Harsh. I've been going to Beni-hana's at the Royal York for 20 years and have never found it bland whatsoever. They may be a bit tacky, and their steak isn't close to the best you'll find in the city, but their product has always been of a consistent and very respectable quality - never compromising.

                  2. re: .alias
                    Tony8952 Apr 6, 2011 07:00 AM

                    Poorboy's suggestion is good about Katsura's $35 Sunday special (last page of menu), which I've not tried. Katsura should give a superior Japanese ambiance, traditional and sensory experience compared to the relatively more casual Yamato, if you're willing to restrict yourself to a limited but decent menu (though it would probably be more than enough food for your SO) and to just a restaurant visit. Personally, I'd go to Katsura for that price.

                    Either way, you won't go wrong and are doing the smart thing. The money saved can go towards eventually taking her to Kyoto for a unique kaiseki dining experience in a traditional ryotei (such as Kikunoi). Thereafter, you won't need to bother about the nonsense we get at most Japanese restaurants here :)

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                  kweenshaker Apr 6, 2011 04:49 AM

                  Aki da in the beach is quite good. http://www.akidasushi.com/teppanyaki.php

                  1. pinstripeprincess Nov 13, 2011 07:19 AM

                    who has the best show? friend is feeling nostalgic and i don't want to have to send them back home to get it.

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