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[Japanese] Inatei


Restaurant: Inatei
Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Richmond Hill
Address: 9021 Leslie St
Price Range: $15~25

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent

Food: 5
Service: 4
Ambiance: 4
Overall: 4

Extra information:

* Lunch special
* Open for lunch and dinner
* Parking at the Plaza

It's a given fact that all amazing Chinese restaurants are up in Richmond Hill/Markham area, but how about Japanese food? I think it really depends on what type of Japanese food you are looking for. I still have couple authentic Japanese restaurants in downtown of Toronto that I need to visit (one of the reasons it's taking me awhile to visit them all is because they are mostly on the pricey side) but I heard lots of good things about Inatei, so I decided to check it out.

It was a hot day, so walking in- it was nice to see a brightly lit restaurant that was well air-conditioned with high ceiling with colorful decoration everywhere.

They even have a oyster bar on one side and a beautifully decorated wall with sake bottles.

Table Setting

Tea pot & Tea cup

Quick glance at their lunch menu (fyi I didn't order anything off from the lunch menu)

Ordered: Spicy Salmon Maki 5/5

* Spicy salmon chopped up mixed with green onions $3.99 each
* This is a very simple dish with only few flavors that depends heavily on freshness of the fish
* If the fish is not very fresh, restaurants tend to over-do the sauce
* There was plenty of chopped up fresh salmon pieces inside
* Chopped onions and little fish eggs were added to the mix
* There was just enough rice and the fish to rice portion was perfect
* My mom actually ordered another one after finishing hers
* For the price you pay, it's very much worth it

Ordered: Negi Toro Roll 4/5

* Minced green onion with tuna belly for $8.99
* Noone in my family like toro for some reason but I love it
* They find it the fish a little too heavy and rich (personal preference)
* For some reason this came with the rice a little too warm
* Otherwise, toro was very smooth
* Toro is a expensive fish, but $8.99 for these little rolls a little stiff

Ordered: Sashimi Moriawase 4/5

* 15 pieces of assorted sashimi for $27.99
* I loved the long dish and the way they presented the sashimi platter
* It came with 9 different types of sashimi

* Salmon, tuna, squid, scallop, sweet shrimp, mackerel, tako and more
* All the sashimi pieces were super fresh


* I didn't really like the little squid rolls (found it too slimy/sticky)

* They asked us if we wanted the shrimp heads deep fried, yes please!
* For a fresh sashimi plate at $27.99, it's a good portion to get a taste of everything

Ordered: Spider Roll 5/5

* roll with deep fried soft shell crab for $7.50
* Surprisingly spider roll was cheap compared to other rolls

* These were huge with lots of soft shell crab inside
* Soft shell crab pieces were crispy and fresh

* Accompanied with creamy avocado pieces and spicy mayo on top as well as teriyaki sauce
* This was probably one of the best spider rolls I've ever had

Ordered: Zaru Soba 1/5

* Cold noodles for $7.99
* Basically you dip the noodles into the cold broth (almost like light soy sauce) and eat it
* This was the only disappointing dish out of the meal
* Noodle was way over cooked and it was too mushy
* We actually left half of this because it was so bad

Ordered: Gindara Saikyu Yaki 4/5

* Grilled black cod in miso paste for $9.99
* This is normally done quite well at most place
* The fish was fatty and very moist
* Good balance between fish and the miso paste, it did not overpower the fish
* This is good to have with a bit of rice

Complimentary Dessert: Lychee Pudding

At Inatei, they always give you complimentary dessert at the end and they are all made in house! We were given lychee pudding and it was delicious (might have been more so because it was free)- apparently the desserts constantly change, more reasons to visit often?

Summary: Inatei is a authentic Japanese restaurant and you want to stick to what they do well. They serve fresh sashimi and rolls at a reasonable price so do explore even with the regular menu. Service is excellent and the restaurant is exceptionally clean. Do visit when you are in the area!


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Reader Comments (2)

Inatei is by far my favourite japanese restuarant in Toronto! If you do happen to go there again, I definitely recommend the ramen noodles over the soba noodles! Thanks for sharing your experience!
August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRen
You keep saying its authentic but from your post I am guessing they are Chinese right?
February 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

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