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Inatei Japanese Cuisine, Richmond Hill - A simple 'Prawn centered' meal

Charles Yu | Oct 5, 201306:15 PM

Home alone on a Saturday night with only Japanese instant noodles in the pantry, I decided to venture out in search of something crispy, crunchy and savory for dinner.
Ended up at Inatei on Leslie just north of Hwy#7 for some long overdue decent Tempura.
My simple meal consisted of:
- Bontan Ebi Nigiri Sushi
- Shitake Mushroom and crab meat Chawamushi egg custard.
- Prawns and mixed Veggie Tempura
- Complimentary Miso Soup, House salad with ginger dressing and Cream Caramel with orange liquor

I was surprised to see how pristine fresh those Bontan Shrimps were when they arrive! Glittering under the light, the flesh were firm, fresh and sweet. For awhile I thought I was eating at Sushi Dai in Tokyo's Tsukiji market!! The fried heads were crunchy and good. Great with a beer but bad for the arteries!! :)
The $3.99 delicate Chawamushi was a nice interlude. Just the right palette cleanser.for the heavier Tempura to follow.
After enduring some greasy, heavily battered and 'small' shrimp Tempura from Bushi Udon Kappo, I was so glad to see a more than decent platter of the same when placed before me. First off, those prawns were huge!! Must be at least 8/12 in size!! Comparing to the BUK offering, its like David vs Goliath!!. Again, the flesh was firm and crunchy and full of prawn flavor. The Tempura batter was still a little too heavy and excessive for my liking. However, they were relatively grease-less!
BTW, the attentive and professional owner/floor manager automatically offered me an extra bowl of dipping sauce for the Tempura without my asking! A very nice touch!!

Overall, a very pleasing and enjoyable meal coupled with the discovery of one of GTA's better Tempura offering!

Lastly, if you are not too environmentally conscious, they offer 'Blue Fin Tuna' O-Toro!!! And if you are not too health conscious, they also offer really marbled A-5 grade Wagyu Beef from Japan!!

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