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.

Terra Cotta Inn

We had enjoyed several meals here in the pub downstairs and in the dining area up on the main floor since moving to the area in 2010.  That is until the fall of last year (2016).  There were six of us that went to eat in the pub on a busy Saturday night.  We parked the car while four of them went inside. The pub area does not take any reservations so it’s first come, first serve.  The four that had gone in sat at the only available table which was a table for just four.  We walked up to the table and began to discuss whether we would stay or try somewhere else.  We were leaning on staying and two of us could start our meal at the bar and when a larger table opened up we could all transfer there.  We had seen this being done many times by other customers.  But before we could say anything the server that evening approached us in a quite annoyed manner, let out a big sigh and barked at us that we certainly could not all fit at that table and therefore could obviously not stay there.  We were shocked.  We told her she didn’t have to yell at us like that.  She sighed again and told us she didn’t yell and reminded us that she told the foursome originally that there weren’t any tables for six.  At this point we stated that we will leave and proceeded on our way out.  While passing the front desk one guest in our group approached the front desk to mention that we were quite rudely treated down there and explained what happened.  The person responded by saying that it’s busy down there so she’s probably stressed.  While that is probably the case that kind of behavior should be unacceptable from the hosts point of view.  Again, this was not the response we expected.  There was a light apology but the person at the front desk stood behind the server and her unacceptable behavior.  We explained we were regular customers but would not be returning.  The host didn’t say nor do much to this.  I guess seeing that they were so busy that night they could care less if they lost six customers.  If that’s the case, so be it.

We are certainly not unreasonable. Everyone has bad days.  But to snap at a customer, and not apologize when we decided to leave and then have the host at the front desk support this, makes this situation unacceptable.  Why did we not have the choice others did and be able to start with four of us at the table and two of us at the bar?  Then all move to a larger table when one opened up?  There were no alternatives other than our party size was too big for the last table and we’d need to leave.  

As such, we have not been back since and have no plans to return.  Unfortunate as the food here is pretty good both in the pub and upstairs in the dining room.  The pub is reasonably priced. The dining room menu is priced higher.  We had typically, received good service so this was a shame.  But service is just as important to us and they failed here. 

Fortunately, we have discovered a couple of new places that have turned out pretty good.  The two places we go to now instead are the Copper Kettle and the Glen Tavern.  These places both have great service and delicious food.  I highly recommend them as alternatives to Terra Cotta Inn. 

Kura Sushi 

Located in Mississauga along Brittania near Kennedy, Kura Sushi is a decent place where I often go for lunch.  I would not consider this authentic but it’s better than many other places and is decent with low pricing for sushi.  During lunch they have quick response times making it an easy choice to enjoy lunch and make it back to work on time.  I went once for dinner and they were breaking in a new server that evening. Service was painful on that night.  Forgot portions of meals and was very, very slow.  The manager apologized and had offered up complimentary dessert.  But at that point we were full and out of patience.  One of our dinner guests that evening was celebrating a birthday so this was unfortunate.  After declining the offer for dessert, I suggested a break on his dinner cost instead.  They agreed and discounted his meal.  It’s important to note that I had to ask for this. It would have been appreciated to have this offered.

Anyhow, this was the only time we had an issue. I had been several times for lunch with great service.

Their sushi lunch plate is nicely prepared with decent cuts of fish.

The chirashi plate is one of my favourites.  Decent cuts of fish available in this region and very nicely prepared.

Their sashimi plate is also quite nice.

And their California rolls are also nicely prepared.  Pictured here is their dynamite roll.

This is a very decent place to enjoy a very affordable Japanese meal.  Other than the one time, service has been very good there. This is not in the same class as Mye 2, Miyabi, Inaho and Yutaka, but is still very much enjoyable and is much better than many other places.  Pricing is also lower than those places making this easier to enjoy more often.

Inaho Japanese Restaurant

Located in Richmond Hill, Inaho is a small family operated restaurant serving good quality Japanese cuisine at reasonable prices.  They do not have a website but reservations can be easily made by calling them directly at 905-889-8533.

Being a small operation, you will require some patience.  Service is courteous but not that quick.  Go when you are not in a rush, order some drinks and enjoy your conversations.  When the food arrives you won’t be disappointed.  After all, enjoying good Japanese cuisine is not about how fast you can get it, but how well it is prepared and presented.  

On my recent visit I enjoyed a Sushi Deluxe plate.   Prepared well and presented very nicely.  Nice cuts of fish. This dish came with choice of miso soup or salad.  On this evening I had the salad. 

My dinner was complimented with a refreshing glass of Asahi beer.  This is my preferred Japanese beer here at home in Canada.  It is imported still (this one was brewed in Thailand) and the taste is much like the original found in Japan.  I also like Sapporo but since they purchased Sleeman Brewery, Sapporo beer available here is brewed at the Sleeman’s plant in Guelph. As such, it tastes more like Sleeman’s than what Sapporo is supposed to taste like.  Whenever I go to Japan I make sure I enjoy Sapporo there.  

I highly recommend Inaho for a good quality Japanese meal.  Be patient and you won’t be disappointed.   

Mye 2

Mye 2 is the second location of the original, Mye.  Serving Japanese cuisine it is located in the plaza within the corner of Trafalgar and Dundas St E. in Oakville.  Nice atmosphere and good quality Japanese food at reasonable prices.  Reservations can be conveniently made via their website that uses third party service, yelp.

Sushi is nicely made and presented well.

Their sashimi features nice cuts of what is available here in Southern Ontario.  Also presented quite nicely.

A refreshing Asahi beer complimented my meal.

While it is not difficult to find Japanese cuisine in Southern Ontario, it is difficult to find good quality. Mye2 is excellent! I highly recommend Mye 2 for anyone looking for good quality, authentic Japanese cuisine. I will also need to try the original, Mye located further south along Trafalgar.  But Mye 2 is closer for us and their food is great.

The Glen Tavern

We had noticed the Glen Tavern several times but had never tried it.  That is until today.  Along with a good friend we finally made reservations for dinner.  Speaking of reservations, it could not have been easier having made ours online through their website.  Upon being greeted, our reservations we’re confirmed.  We were then led to our table.

Upon being seated we were asked if we’d like some water.  We chose sparkling water.    What was very nice was that we were not rushed.  Unlike most places that return after a few minutes to take your order, our waiter at the Glen Tavern allowed things to be more relaxed.  A little while after bringing us our sparkling water, we were asked if we’d like an appetizer.  We had selected calamari.  The calamari was delicious.  Calamari Fresh calamari/piccolo fritto/celery heart/sweet onion/jalapeño/lemon aîoli.  Crispy light batter and tender served with a few onion rings and celery.  Very good.

Before finishing the calamari he took our main dish orders.  My good friend and I chose the salmon and Deniz chose the fettuccini.  After clearing the used plates and cutlery, new cutlery were brought.  I had not seen a place replace cutlery between appetizer and main course.  Awesome!!

My salmon arrived.  Menu item reads: Salmon Hickory smoked and roasted/asparagus/wilted greens crispy crushed fingerling potatoes with parsley garlic and lemon chive Hollandaise.  The hickory flavor was nice and not overpowering.  Potatoes were crispy. Very delicious.  Salmon was medium rare as recommended by our server. Hollandaise was light.

Deniz’ fettuccini.   Menu item reads; Peppercorn Fettuccine Fresh cracked black peppercorn pasta/sautéed beef tenderloin/mushrooms/truffled porcini Madeira sauce/Parmesan herb crust.  Beef was nice and tender.

We ordered a decaffienated coffee and a decaf latte to accompany the shared dessert ; Lemon Cremeux Raspberry sorbet/blueberry citrus crumble. Again, light and the lemon and raspberry sorbet was nice and refreshing.

We all very much enjoyed our meals.  Also, the service was great.  Our server didn’t rush us nor did he leave us waiting. The service was paced nicely.  What earned extra points here was the replacement of cutlery between appetizer and main course.  We have not seen any other place do this here in Canada, yet. Kind and courteous service, great food and an energetic atmosphere.  A fantastic place to enjoy a meal.  We will definitely return again and highly recommend the Glen Tavern.