Japanese restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, groceries, etc in [Toronto]

I’m of Japanese background, but we don’t end up going out much for Japanese. This is partly because for the more casual, “home-style” dishes, I’ll just make them at home (and much of this stuff isn’t what is served at restaurants). Also, we try to eat sustainable seafood as much as possible and most of the better restaurants serving sushi/sashimi emphasize quality over sustainability.

In addition to trying Chotto Matte recently (more Peruvian-Japanese), we also tried Minami, the sister restaurant to Miku. It was quite good and had a decent sized patio. Here is the link to that report. Miku was also good when we went, but that was pre-pandemic and we haven’t tried their patio. We haven’t been to Saito and haven’t been to Kaji in a long time. We do love Kaiseki Yu-Zen Hashimoto for special occasions.

We also love Manpuku for casual comfort food, but haven’t been during the pandemic.

We like many of the ramen places: Kinton (my favourite noodles), Santouka (best pork), Sansotei, Raijin, Isshin, Ryus (the vegetarian miso is very good), Oji Seichi (just went again yesterday). We haven’t tried Konjiki yet.

For sweets, we like Uncle Tetsu of course, Hattendo, Isabella’s Mochi Donuts, Fuwa Fuwa for pancakes, Sasaki in J-town for mochi, and we greatly lament the disappearance of Beard Papa from Pacific Mall a number of years ago.

For groceries, we mainly go to either Sanko on Queen St. W. or J-Town. At J-Town we buy goods primarily at Heisei, baked goods from Nakamura, sometimes meat from Famu. We by takeout food form Famu, Niwatei, Tanuki, and Cafe Green Tea (most of which are available in Heisei.

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Thanks for sharing your fav spots. I totally forgot about FAMU oh boy some of their Shabu Shabu and Sukiyaki Wagyu sets are so beautiful I want to frame them if it was socially acceptable. Nakamura hmm I enjoyed it on occasion but not recently.

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Anyone tried Ramen Yutaka?

Hanamaru market on Pape has a decent selection of items.

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Looks like Michelin answered my unanswered question with a star…. Another on my list to visit besides Masaki Saito which scored 2*

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Let us know how it goes!

I don’t really spend more than $100 per person on any meals anymore, so I’ll never know!

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I guess folks on this board generally don’t respond to questions …. And appreciate nor acknowledge restaurant tips

I posted this yesterday. Guess you did not notice?!

Exactly my point… I guess you didn’t get my snarky response

Unlike ’ chowhound ', Ontario/Toronto members on this board are sparse and few! Guess one has to get used to the occasional ’ no-response '!

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I had tried neither Shoushin nor Ramen Yutaka, so had nothing to say. I do try to respond if I have something relevant to add.

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I think it depends on whether one is interested in the threads. A handful of us post about baked goods, patios and take-out a lot.

I don’t post about other restaurants that don’t do patios or takeout because I don’t dine indoors anymore.

Hawk and Chick on Dundas West just east of Dufferin . Looks interesting, haven’t been yet.

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Oh I forgot to add Patisserie 27 along with MonK Patisserie. MonK has been hit and miss at times. Patisserie 27 is still memorable as their croissant is very unique and dense and the freshly made mille feuille is pretty much unmatched (I have tried the Alo bar version though not Giuletta). Lots of Japanese influence at both spots

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I tried a hot specialty coffee (Okinawa Brown Sugar Macchiato) at Hazukido on Bay yesterday. It was too sweet for me, and didn’t have enough coffee flavour, so I’ll try something else next time.

I enjoyed the coffee I had in Japan in Jan 2020. I guess Neo or Nine Tails are the better Japanese-style or inspired Cafés downtown. I find the lattes at Fuwa Fuwa and a Little Pebbles to be very sweet and very milky, without enough coffee flavour.

Croissants don’t agree with me, so I’m unlikely to try them, but I might pick some up for friends at some point. They open at 10 am.


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Tsuchi, a vegan café
https://tsuchicafe.lightspeedordering.com/

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Not an all Japanese bakery per se but we like Mon K when we used to live in that area. I used to walk there for our morning baguettes. During the early shutdowns, the lines were long before opening time. We actually prefer the softer texture of their baguettes to Bonjour Brioche which I also used to walk to many moons ago. Their mini slices (which changes periodically), cream puff, and chestnut “cake” were always hits when entertaining.

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Technically Japanese beef so sharing here. Eataly has 30% off A5 till tomorrow

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This new-found place is pretty decent…albeit a touch expensive." ATO Sushi, 16 Vogell (Leslie & 16th Ave), Richmond Hill " - An enjoyable lunch at a new-found, hidden, Japanese restaurant...only 5 minutes drive from home!

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Good to hear!