Alright. Time for me to get excited … again.
I really am dying to tell you about this new restaurant in Richmond which I am quite sure will make some of you want to sit up to take note of.
Look at the food above. Guess how much all the above costs.
In the first picture is congee and noodles.
In the second picture is yam fries, squid, panko scallop and miso soup.
In the third picture is beef noodle soup, egg, toast and tuna salad.
Guess how much. Just guess.
Less than $15? Less than $10? Less than $5?
If you guess less than $5, you are right … not for each of them. It is less than $5 for ALL of them!
Toyotomi is located on Anderson Road. That is the small deserted road just across from the Richmond City Hall. When we visited them, they were opened for only the second day. They opened the day before for dinner only. We were there for their breakfast because we wanted to see what a Japanese breakfast is.
He he he … technically speaking Suanne and I were their first breakfast customer. We were the … first in line when they opened.
Suanne and I had that cheapest breakfast ever at the new Toyotomi Japanese Restaurant in Richmond.
OK OK … by the time you read this post, their grand opening 50% discount is over. That coupon above was only available for the first few days. But still, the breakfast we had was less than $10.
See the part on the ad above that says that they serve “Japanese Royal Family Menu”. I wonder what that is.
Although Toyotomi touted themselves as a Japanese restaurant, they are Chinese operated. Or at least everyone that we see are Chinese and speaks perfect Cantonese.
Their prices are cheap. Their cutleries and cups and everything is cheap too. Not that we fault them for it. It was just an observation. After all, we are not food snobs.
The restaurant was surprisingly HUGE. I estimate that they must be able to hold at least 150 people. The tables are all partitioned with 4 feet high partitions that you can’t see much when seated. Lots of privacy in the booth though.
The above is their very simple breakfast menu. You may click on it to display a more legible image.
I had never had Japanese breakfast before nor know what Japanese normally have for breakfast. However, the so-called Japanese breakfast above reminds me a lot of the combo options in a Hongkong Style Cafe. The names of the dishes sounded Japanese though.
As you can see above, the breakfast combo is just $4 for a selection of two items. Additional sides are 25 cents to $2.
Once we were seated we were given a full color order form for us to mark our order.
Suanne ordered from the Washuku Asa Gohan section of the menu, whatever that means. The name sounded great don’t you think?
For just $3.99 combo, she chose Pumpkin Salmon Congee and Yakisoba.
The Yakisoba was decent and has a sweetish Teriyaki taste. He he he … we overheard two customers asking for “lat jiu jeong” from the waitress. To the Chinese customers, it is just too bland and they needed some chili sauce to spice it up. I was telling Suanne “mo lat jiu jeong, mo ee see”.
The Pumpkin Salmon Congee was interesting. It was quite unlike the Chinese style congee. Instead, it was creamy and not salty at all as we come to expect congee to be. There is definitely a distinct taste of pumpkin and salmon.
My order is more substantial than Suanne’s although the price is the same ($3.99).
This is from the Yoshuko Asa Gohan … nice name too. The beef slices look like they were lightly grilled.
Can’t complain for the price. There are lots of noodles and the beef slices were respectably sized. Just don’t compare to Kintaro’s ramen soup. The soup here has a mild flavour. Food snobs can forgo this … for everyone else this is decent food. LOL!
You can get the choice of noodle between ramen, udon and spaghetti.
I love the side that came with the beef noodle soup. This is called the Tuna Sandwich Salad and topped with a sunny side up egg.
The shredded cabbage salad also had raw onion in it. As for the dressing, we can’t quite pinpoint what it is. There were chunks of tunas in the salad too.
With the toast on the side, I piled the tuna salad on it and broke the egg yolk over it. Super! I love this.
Since the meal was so cheap, we decided to get a few sides to try. The miso soup was just 25 cents. While miso soup in some other places are free, this 25 cents soup tasted very good … it looked and tasted a lot more richer and darker. However, Suanne complained it was rather salty.
The Panko Scallop was $2.00 for two pieces and came with some deep fried squid rings.
We like the scallop although it wasn’t very fresh tasting. What could you expect, right … for that kind of money? I must add that the scallop and squid is very oily.
We also had Yam Fries for $1.00 which is served with mayo.
Suanne did not like it because she said it was not crispy to her liking. Yeah, it was limp but still I like it.
So there you go … $4.71 only. If we were to tip 15%, it would come to only 70 cents. So being such generous people as we are we tipped almost 30%. Who dare say now that we are poor tippers, huh?
Toyotomi accepts only cash for now. They are having teething problems. I heard that they are forced to close today because of “plumbing issues”. Come to think of it there are quite a lot of restaurants I heard that is closed because of “plumbing issues”. What is the deal with that? Let me see … the ones that I know of are:
Toyotomi has another location on East Hastings in Burnaby by the way. For this Toyotomi in Richmond, they serve:
- $4 set menu for breakfast
- $6 set menu for lunch
- $22 AYCE for dinner, and
- $13 AYCE for late dinner
We will definitely be back some day to check out their “Japanese Royal Family Menu”. Their take out menu looked very normal though.