About touchaku

Touchako means 'arrivals' in Japanese. We've arrived somewhere on a trip. This blog captures our experiences.

Golden Fish & Chips

Located along the downtown strip in Georgetown, Golden Fish & Chips have been operating for over 25 years. The place itself is not modern by any means but it has a nice old cottage like feel. Their fish is their success story. We have eaten here many times including bringing out of town guests there too. Their halibut and chips are the best in the Greater Toronto Area. It may not look like the prettiest plate but it is one of the tastiest.

What I like best is the thin crispy batter. It is not thick and spongy like some other places. The thin crispy batter compliments the fish nicely. Their fries are less impressive but the fish is so delicious that the fries end up being decent.

Friendly servers, quick service and a cottage like atmosphere make this a great place to enjoy one of the best fish and chips around. Prices are very reasonable. Please note they do not accept credit cards but do accept debit in addition to good ol’ cash.

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John’s Family Restaurant

We have been to John’s Family Restaurant several times now for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located in the north west area of Brampton, John’s is a comfortable place to eat with friendly service and affordable pricing.

Our favourite there is the souvlaki. Outside of Greektown, this is the best place! Whether it be the chicken or pork souvlaki, the meat is tender and nicely cooked on the skewer. Delicious flavour. Served with Greek salad, rice and potatoes. This is a HUGE meal!!! I always leave with a take out box.

If you like calamari, this is also one of the best places. The calamari is nice and tender with crispy batter. Served with a leafy greens salad and balsamic dressing. Absolutely delicious!!

If you’re going for breakfast, a favourite of mine is a western omelet. Nice fluffy eggs with lots of ham, peppers and onion. Accompanied with home fries. Again, this is HUGE! It’s a big breakfast to say the least.

Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, John’s is a great affordable place with good service.

Konjiki Ramen Toronto

Konjiki Ramen has two locations, Toronto and Tokyo. In Toronto they are located near Yonge and Sheppard. In Tokyo they have a new location in Shinjuku.

Typically, I am more of a sushi and sashimi person but on this occasion we thought we would try ramen. Our search found Konjiki with good reviews. They do not take reservations so we chose a late lunch on a Friday. We read it is quite common to have long line ups out the door and down the side walk. We were prepared but arrived at a good time as the end of the line was just inside the doors. On this day we were seated just 30 minutes after arriving. Not bad for this venue.

I selected the original shoyu tonkotsu Ramen, served with chashu pork, pickled ginger, takana pickles, braised bamboo shoots and spring onions. Delicious! The chashu pork was tender. The ramen broth thick and tasty. The ginger added a refreshing flavour and the takana pickles provided a nice contrast of flavour.

The atmosphere is busy and the seating is tight. But service is friendly and you are not left waiting very long. Food delivery is pretty quick. Over all they cycle through a lot of customers pretty efficiently.

This was our only visit but we were very impressed. I’d like to return and try another type. Perhaps the shio clam broth ramen.

Heaven on 7

Located in Rockwood, it is about an hour north west of Toronto and situated in between Guelph and Acton. We have enjoyed many meals here and every time has been a great experience. A renovated house it is a small venue, and like going to a friends house. Always friendly service and delicious food.

Recently, we enjoyed the fish and chips there for lunch. Cod fish served with shoe string style fries, homemade tarter sauce and some salad greens. Crispy fish batter and crispy fries. Both were very delicious!

We returned a few weeks later with the intent of enjoying the fish and chips again but they had just run out. Our server recommended their burger. We took her up on the recommendation and as before we were not disappointed. This homemade burger served on a focaccia bun made at a local bakery ranked as being in the top two or three burgers I have ever had. Served with an onion halo, lettuce, tomato and pickle this was outstanding.

They have a website with menu. Always friendly and courteous, Heaven on 7 is a great intimate place to enjoy a meal with friendly service.

Reds

While wandering around Square One Shopping Centre we stumbled across this interesting red brick faced restaurant. After taking a look at their menu we decided to give them a try. We were not familiar with Reds prior to this visit so this would be a completely new experience.

They advertise themselves on their website as having a scratch kitchen, meaning they make everything from scratch.

Service was pretty good overall. Our server was attentive and courteous. The food took a little bit of time but if it’s for the reason that they are making things from scratch then I can accept that. It wasn’t horribly long but we arrived at 1:30pm after the lunch time rush. I had expected a little faster but again, was not that bad.

We started with calamari. Tender pieces but the batter was not overly crispy. Good taste though.

We ordered a Reds Burger. A homemade style burger served with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickle on a baked potato bun made in-house in their bakery. Very delicious and one of the better burgers I have had. The taste and texture of a homemade burger is much better than any pre-fabricated burger. I chose sweet potato fries. These were delicious. Also made from scratch with pieces of skin on them and cooked to a nice crispness.

After this delicious meal there was absolutely no room for dessert. But we did take an Apple pie to go. To be honest, it wasn’t as good as I was expecting. The pie crust was a bit too doughy.

But the over all experience at Reds was very enjoyable. Their homemade burger made all the difference. Like making your own burger. Service was good overall and reasonably priced.

We plan to visit again.

Hina Japanese Restaurant

We have visited Hina several times now and each time the food has been delicious and the service very courteous. I believe they do a fair amount of take out since we have never required reservations and the dining room has never been crowded. But there’s steady traffic popping in and out.

The miso soup is very good here. Not too watered down and not overly salty. The salads are also nice and refreshing with a miso vinegar dressing.

The sushi is delicious and done quite well. The vinegar seasoning is just right and the rice is nice and fluffy. Their cuts of fish are done well. Not too thin and not too thick. The selection is in line with what is found in the Greater Toronto Area.

We recommend Hina Japanese Restaurant. Prices are quite reasonable, food is above average in the Greater Toronto Area and service is always kind and courteous. Most conveniently, you can make a last minute decision to visit as reservations are not necessary.

The Copper Kettle Pub

Nestled in the hamlet of Glen Williams, this pub recently changed owners and has been a popular hit ever since.  They also have live entertainment on Saturday nights.


With a great new front to welcome guests, once inside the craftsmanship of the woodwork is very warm and welcoming.


We sat at our table which was a beautiful dark hardwood.  I had planned to have the fish and chips but since I had that on a previous visit I changed my mind and decided to try the Kettle Burger.


It was a delicious burger served with tomato, onion jam, lettuce, pickle wedge, old cheddar and freshly cut chips.  The burger had a homemade feel to it.  Like when you make one at home with ground beef. It didn’t have that commercial burger texture.   Seasoned with a smokey and peppercorn flavour.  Was very nice.  The chips were also very good. Seasoned again with some black pepper.  Everything was neatly presented on the plate.  I washed everything down with a cold Coors Light in a Copper Kettle Pub glass. They also have a selection of craft beers.  I would have tried one but since I had to work later that evening I chose to have something simpler and lighter.


As with previous visits, service was good.  Our server was friendly and helpful.  She also checked up on us throughout the meal to ensure everything was ok and we did not need anything else.

We all enjoyed our meals and were quite impressed by the improvements by the new management.  We are greatful to the new owners for reviving the pub and making it a great venue to enjoy a few drinks at the bar, or a meal in the dining area or patio.

We highly recommend the Copper Kettle Pub to anyone looking for a great place with affordable prices.