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In Richmond Hill, The Host or Bombay Bhel?

Which is better? I need to feed a group this weekend and I've heard bad things about The Host.
Thanks everyone!

Nov 02, 2009
shogun in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Good Restaurants in Don Mills

Need some recommendations on good restaurants to entertain a group of 12-15 people in the Don Mills area (Don Mills & Eglinton up to York Mills & 401). Food should be tasty but not outrageously priced. Even pub fare is OK if the place is renowned. Thanks, guys.

Feb 16, 2009
shogun in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Inaho: a pleasant surprise!

As I've posted recently, was looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant in GTA. I have lived in Japan for 5 years and been to many places. My wife is Japanese so I eat Japanese almost every night.
I was disappointed to see so many fusion and Chinese- and Korean-run places with all manner of strange concoctions.
Well, we just had lunch at Inaho in Richmond Hill. We went in there with low expectations and were we pleasantly surprised. It is fine. Now granted, it is not a high-class establishment with 10 waiters and flying fish in from Tokyo Bay every day (which means little since every Japanese person knows that Tokyo Bay is filthily polluted so eating fish from Tokyo Bay is not as appetizing as it appears to people who have never been to Japan) like some other places which charge you $150 a head.
Anyway, think of Inaho as your friendly neighbourhood mama-san (or nomiya or the old-style izakaya on the street corner). If you have that image, then you know what you can expect. A place where you can go to relax, drink, eat some sushi, have few laughs, talk to the chef, drink more, eat more, laugh more. Inaho is a family-run little eatery/pub (Japanese-style, of course) owned and operated by a Japanese man and his Chinese wife. They are friendly and the food is nice, well-prepared, and tasty. The place is tiny and seats maybe 20 people. But what it lacks in grandeur, it more than makes up for in coziness. The chef has many regulars who he knows on a first-name basis and I guess, like in Japan, they come in to unwind and have a beer and enjoy some food. They stay, chat, laugh, drink, eat, all in a cozy, family-like atmosphere where you are treated like a friend and not a wallet. 5 stars for authenticity!

Mar 24, 2008
shogun in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

REAL Japanese food in GTA/north end

New to the board and the GTA. Lived in Japan for 5 years. Where is there REAL authentic Japanese food in the GTA or north end like Richmond Hill, Hwy 7, or north of the 401? No fusions, no Chinese- or Korean-run quasi-Japanese restaurants. I am looking for the real deal, with a real Japanese chef. Where does the Japanese community in the GTA eat?
Thanks in advance. Cheers!

Mar 22, 2008
shogun in Ontario (inc. Toronto)