Toku Japanese Restaurant: Unagi Don and Tempura
Toku Japanese Restaurant is located in Lansdowne Centre, directly across from Earls (on the north side of the mall). It’s a surprisingly large restaurant with high ceilings and call buttons located on the tables (similar to what you’d find at many Korean restaurants). Being the polite and reserved Canadian people that we are, we didn’t even try to use the call buttons during our meal but we didn’t have to as service was pretty good and it was easy to get the attention of the servers.
We arrived for lunch during a weekend in late May and found that the place was fairly busy but managed to get a table. Their menu is fairly extensive so it was a bit difficult to decide what we were going to order. We wound up with the Sashimi Set ($18) which included 8 pieces of assorted sashimi, 5 pieces of tempura, miso soup, 3 piece California roll and an appetizer dish. The appetizer dish was the first to arrive at the table and contained a bit of edamame beans as well as seaweed salad. That was promptly followed by the freshly fried tempura which consisted of 2 pieces of prawn tempura, eggplant, zucchini, and potato with a bit of daikon oroshi (grated daikon radish) on the side.
The sashimi, consisting of 3 pieces of salmon, 3 pieces of seared tuna, hokkaigai (surf clam), and hamachi (yellowtail) were just okay. I found the salmon to be a bit stringy (which typically means it was not cut properly).
We also ordered the Unagi Don ($18.50) with pickled radish and miso soup along with the Oyster Motoyaki ($10) which came served in the shell. The melt-in-your-mouth unagi was one of the highlights of our meal here and we wound up using the rice in this dish with our creamy motoyaki.
Overall, we found the freshly fried and hot tempura as well as the unagi and motoyaki to be fairly solid dishes here.
5300 No 3 Rd #221 (Lansdowne Centre)
Posted on October 29, 2018, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged Food, Japanese, Oyster Motoyaki, restaurant review, Richmond, Sashimi, Sushi, Tempura, Unagi, Unagi Don. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.