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Pork Katsu Curry

Since it was negative 15 degrees outside with wind chill, we all agreed to order the Pork Katsu Curry ($11) when Mike suggested it. It came in a large square bowl filled to the brim with curry. My first impression was that there wasn’t very much rice for the large amount of curry but there was surprisingly a lot of rice in the bowl… it was all just swimming underneath all the curry.

The curry didn’t come with any vegetables – it was just curry, pork and rice. The curry had a nice flavour and the rice tasted great soaked in it. The pork was crispy and was moist and tender on the inside. We all really enjoyed the dish.

The last dish that arrived was the Wafu BBQ Duck – Japanese style BBQ duck ($10). The skin was a little crispy and the meat was moist and juicy. Unfortunately, the duck was way too salty, as if it had been soaking in pure soy sauce. It might have been a little better if it was served with some rice but it was just too salty to eat on its own.

Wafu BBQ Duck

After finishing off our dishes, we inquired with our server about the dessert menu. She informed us that the kitchen had already closed (it was around 10:30 at this point) and that the only thing we could order was ice cream. That was a little disappointing. Our server really should have warned us when it was last call.

Despite this, we enjoyed our dinner here. The food, for the most part was solid. However, I’d recommend sticking to the hot food from the kitchen instead of the sushi bar items. Since the portions are smaller and are meant to be shared, I’d also recommend coming with a few other people.

Ematei interior

At a glance:
• Izakaya-style restaurant (Japanese tapas)
• Stick to the hot from the kitchen; sushi bar items were so-so
• Around $85 before tax/tip to comfortably feed 4 people
• Located near Osgoode subway station

Ratings (out of 5):
• Food: 4 stars
• Service: 2 stars
• Atmosphere: 3 stars

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  1. Cindy (Reply) on Saturday 14, 2012

    I love Ematei! Their black cod is my favourite item. They also have delicious bento boxes during lunch hours too.

    • Jess (Reply) on Saturday 14, 2012

      Yeah, I heard their bento boxes are really good. I’ve gotta drop by for lunch one day!