Friday, July 2, 2010

Izakaya/Sushi Bar @ Inakaya, Willowdale Avenue

For some strange reason I've never noticed the existence of Inakaya despite being a couple of streets down my Church. It was Calvin who brought me to this small restaurant a couple of weeks ago.


Operated by real Japanese Chefs (a rare find in North York), the restaurant offers a variety of grilled items from their Robata Grill, premium Sushi and Sashimi and Izakaya style dishes.

Seaweed Salad
Seaweed Salad

The Seaweed Salad was tossed in a sesame based dressing and had a meatier texture than the one's we usually have. The seaweed was intentionally cut in larger strips

Seafood Salad
Seafood Salad

Inakaya's seafood salad is probably one of the best I've had in Toronto. The Salad included shrimps and scallops and came with an apple vinaigrette that had a nice tangy flavor

Assorted Sashimi
Assorted Sashimi

The sashimi was really fresh particularly the Salmon. The flavor of the Salmon reminded me of Hama's except for the minuscule size. If only they cut it bigger, this would have easily been the best Salmon I've had in a long time

Hamachi Kama Shioyaki
Hamachi Kama Shioyaki

The Hamachi was grilled really well. It had a nice crisp skin and the meat was very moist. It was however a little over salted around the edges of the fish.

Bluefin O-Toro Sushi
Blue Fin O-Toro Sushi

I've had better O-Toro in Asia but the one served here was still good quality and melts in your mouth. The sushi rice however wasn't as vinegary as I'd like

Yellow Tail Tataki with Apple Dressing
Yellow Tail Sashimi with Apple Dressing
Yellow Tail Sashimi with Apple Dressing

My favorite dish of the night. The Yellow Tail was seared very gently and had a very soft texture. The Apple dressing was a good mix of sweet and sour balance which went well with the neutral flavor of the fish

The food in general at Inakaya was very good. The price however can get very steep especially when you order their daily air-flown fish or Toro. The service can get a little slow at times despite the limited number of diners as there are only 2 wait staff serving about 50 diners. Our meal came up to CAD $120 including tips and taxes for the two of us.

Ambiance: 3.5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Price: $$$$ (Under USD $60 per person)

Contact Information
Contact Information:
Address: 126 Willowdale Avenue, Toronto, ON
Tel: +1 (416) 224-8881‎

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1 comment:

Therese said...

Kwong I'm going to try this tonight! this is near where I am