Takara Bune 寶船

Takara Bune 1Sometimes I ask myself, “What the hell am I doing here? Wasting time writing a whole bunch of stuff online… who cares.” Silly girl… but I just can’t help. Maybe this is just what I like to do – whenever I experience a good restaurant or good food, I wanna share with other people. This is exactly how I felt when I went to Takara Bune last Friday. Remember I had lunch on Tuesday at JP2 with my ex-boss. That day he also mentioned a pretty good Japanese restaurant near Victoria Park and Sheppard. Therefore, there I go… I went to this restaurant for the very first time. If it was not his recommendation, I would never notice that there’s a Japanese restaurant at this plaza. From outside, it just does not look like a Japanese restaurant… unless you really pay attention to the logo – where it says “Japanese Restaurant”. To me, it looks more like a Western Chinese restaurant – not authentic Chinese, and not cheap either.

When we stepped into this restaurant at around 8p.m. There was a group of 8-10 customers sitting on the right side, and another person at the bar. Immediately, I doubted if this was really a good restaurant. You know, it was FRIDAY, which is supposed to be the busiest night of the week. Upon arrival, a Japanese waitress led us to a table in the main dining room. The restaurant wasn’t big – about six 4-person tables, a bar + the compartment on the right (i.e. max. 40 persons).

Looking at the menu, what a wide selection! Sometimes, having too many options can create headache too. Therefore, we decided to stick with our usual stuffs.

Start with a sushi pizza. This time we ordered the spicy salmon pizza, which “looked” kinda overfried on the outside. (OMG… due to the unpleasant experience I had recently. I really didn’t wanna be disappointed by sushi pizza again!). Had a bite, HUMMMMMM it was actually fried just right. The rice wasn’t too thick and the taste was good. Some people may find the taste a bit strong – because it is a spicy salmon sushi pizza. I’m sure the regular salmon/tuna pizza should taste lighter.

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Takara Bune 3Then, the katsu don came, the portion was just right. Not too big, not too small. The taste was also very good.

I also ordered the Matsu set course, which came with 9 Assorted Sushi (Sake, Tuna, Ebi, Hamachi, Ika, Tako, Tamago, Kanikama, Tobiko & Sake Roll 6 pcs), Miso Shiru, Green Salad, and dessert. The miso soup was so-so. The taste wasn’t fantastic, but was at least fresh hot. Green salad was good, but I found the sauce a bit too thick. Dessert was ice-cream. Unlike most of the other restaurant where you usually have a choice of green-tea, red bean or mango ice-cream, here you can also get the chocolate ice-cream. So, that was what I got. It also came with two little wooden spoons imported from Japan.

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Talking about the set dinner, the sushi/nigiri were fresh and good. The rice portion was filling, but not especially large. Another worth-mentioning point is that the proper seaweed sheet (nori) was used to wrap the sushi. Just from this seems-to-be-minor element, you can feel the effort that this restaurant has put in.

The total was about $46 before gratuity, which is not expensive at all!!! Good food, wide selection, good location (lots of parking space and close to fairview mall so you can go there after shopping), good service, and delivery also available to the nearby area. You can check out their website for more info… I don’t know how long this restaurant has opened, but I definitely think it deserves more customers than 10 people on a Friday night. I also heard that they offer lobster sashimi if you order in advance… YUMMM I’m gonna try that next time. (Compared to a lot of the non-Japanese-operated Japanese restaurant, I think Takara Bune does a pretty good job).

FYI: Takara Bune 寶船
2450 Sheppard Ave. E., Unit #106, North York
Tel: 416-491-6688

13 thoughts on “Takara Bune 寶船

  1. “What the hell am I doing here? Wasting time writing a whole bunch of stuff online… who cares.” Margaret, all that really matters is that you care and enjoy doing this! Too many people in this world have uninspiring careers, regretful marriages, and unrealised dreams. You are doing something that not only you enjoy, but have a natural and creative talent for. Today it is carbonxiv.com, and tomorrow it may be foodie reviews in the commercial media or your own business venture!


  2. This restaurant is only 5 mins away from where I live, but I have not set foot in at least once (did try the steakhouse next door though). It’s nice to know that they have a website so I can study the menu beforehands. I did almost go in at one time, but the party I was with did not want to go in due to the lack of patrons inside. I think I will check it out in the near future; at least find out what the waitresses look like. Thanks for the review!

  3. Hi Springroll!
    Ya, just give it a try next time. Plus they have delivery too!!! (In case you don’t wanna go out, you can order delivery :))

    Hey Bubu,
    怎麼不會肥? 我肥了好多喔。只是要努力做運動。今晚又有training session。要加油喔。。。 四月份到香港的時候,更要好好去吃,多多逛街,就不怕肥了。

  4. Thank you for commenting on our restaurant. Hope to see you soon. From Takara Bune Owners

  5. Thanks for visiting my site. I was just blogging about my personal experience 🙂 Can’t help sharing it w/ others. Cya.

  6. Thank you for sharing your experience. I was surfing on the net today and somehow linked to your site – a great one! I also love trying different restaurants. Tonight my girlfriend and I wanted to try Cafe Michi but they’re closed for holidays!!! So we went to this one as I saw you recommend it. It’s quite good. We both enjoyed the food. Thanks again. Will spend more time to finish reading all your articles so that I know what’s next to try!

  7. Hi Alice, I’m glad that the info was useful to you 🙂 (didn’t know Cafe Michi is closed for “holidays”!!! argh)

  8. Just found your site. Wanted to recommend that if you are in that area, you should try Aoyama on Vic Park. It is Japanese run and the prices are cheaper than Takara Bune. The chef use to work at the Japanese restaurant in Prince Hotel and the sushi quality is excellent.

    Great reviews btw.

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