DH took us last night to a new all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant, Big Meal! It’s in a space previously occupied by a short string of Japanese-themed failures (including Jade): 1883 McNicoll Ave., just west of Kennedy (Tel: 416-258-3333)
The dinner menu was a triptych of over 150 items, ranging from a good selection of sashimi, special dishes (baked scallops, red tuna, deep-fried prawn with quail egg), creative rolls, temaki and nigiri, cooked dishes (shrimp tempura, salmon belly, beef short ribs, beef-enoki mushroom rolls, garlic and beef cubes) and desserts (eg mango pudding, fried banana, sesame ice cream, fruit salad). For calorie-counters, there were also 4-5 nice salads (I had the mango salad, see picture). I haven’t been to Ten-ichi in years but from what I remember, the menu is similar but much, much better.
Friday and Saturday evenings, dinner is currently about $23 and that includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. My 12yo son was very happy about that. He thinks that paying $2+ for soft drinks at Dragon Pearl and Wasabi is a rip-off.
The quality of the food was excellent. I know a lot of regular Japanese restaurants where the food is not as delicious or as fresh. Table service was very good and the décor was rather elegant. Tables were nicely spaced apart and there was no pressure to eat and run.
We’re planning to host our annual family X’mas dinner at Big Meal. Now that I’ve written this review, I’d better go and confirm the booking before everyone else beats me to it!