Sunday, February 13, 2011


Yamato Japanese Restaurant
Tucked away quietly on Belair St. in Yorkville is the long-standing Yamato Japanese Restaurant, known perhaps best as one of the few proper Teppanyaki restaurants in Toronto. Teppanyaki.... you know, when the Chef cooks your meal in front of you on an Iron Grill? Known as a Celebrity Haunt around TIFF every September, the two-sided restaurant - one side for Sushi, one side for Teppanyaki - possesses an elegant and earthy decor which is one-part traditionally Japanese with its dark wooden walls and carpets also resembling wood.  Lighting is dim and intimate.  And yes, Megan Fox and George Clooney have been known to frequent Yamato.

Prime Rib Entree
Yamato nails all essentially points - dishes are affordable, of the freshest quality, flavourful and presented with flare. Offering a variety of Entrée options, the focus is on their Beef (Prime Rib, Filet Mignon, Sirloin and more) which can be combined with Lobster Tail, Shrimp or Scallops - most in-and-around the $10-$15 price range. Yes.

Sushi and Sashimi options are available, but do not expect your typical Bento Box or Sushi Combo fare at other Japanese restaurants in the area, like the economical and tasty Sushi Inn on Cumberland. Chef's Selection Platters are available around the $10 price point with 8 pieces of Fish. À la carte Sushi options also are on the Menu coming in orders of two pieces.

Chef's Selection Sashimi
Enjoying my meal thoroughly, with the Chef preparing my Sirloin Entrée right before my eyes with a few tricks to show off, was a fun experience. My Beef was done just right and I walked away just-satiated. My only beef, pardon the pun, was that the Fried Rice add-on at $4 extra, was a little heavy-handed on the Soy Sauce.  Above this, Yamato is one of the fewer Japanese restaurants in Toronto which is actually Japanese-staffed.  Kudos.

Check out some Photos from the experience below:
Uni (Sea Urchin) Sushi
Fried Rice

(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)

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