Phone: (778) 297-6186
Hours: 9:30am – 12:00am
- Covered parkade
- Sashimi and hot pot
- All You Can Eat
- Reservations highly recommended
Toyotomi is a hidden hot pot/Japanese restaurant located across from Richmond Centre in a residential apartment. I wonder how the people living there will feel there’s a hot pot place right beneath them. The special thing about Toyotomi is that it’s not just a hot pot restaurant, but also a Japanese restaurant. It serves All-You-Can-Eat hot pot and sashimi. Like most hot pot places in Richmond, the soup base is additional to the base cost for AYCE hot pot. You can choose to only have hot pot and not sashimi, that might be a little cheaper.
Since it was our first time there, we opted for the sashimi option. There were a variety of selections to choose from, Tai, Tuna, Salmon, Spicy Salmon, Spicy Tuna and my favourite, Squid. Overall, the sashimi was fresh and served on a bucket of ice.
The curry fishballs were pretty good too. They had a variety of snacks in their menu as well, which are quite decent.
The beef sashimi wasn’t too bad, the flavours were a little too strong for my liking. But definitely huge slices.
I believe this was a limited item, only 1 per person. I’m not sure if I liked it though, I’m not much of fishy person. So, this was a little too fat for my liking.
You can find all the common hot pot items here. The thing with Toyotomi is that they place everything ever so nicely and you work your way through it. It’s quite nice.
Their meats are a bit lacking here, there really isn’t much meat taste to it. I expected a bit more from an AYCE hot pot place to have better meat than what they served. It was just plain flavourless.
The fries were comparable to the ones at Costco, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The crispy wings were good. And there’s this deep fried mochi ball looking thing that I had forgotten the name of, but it was very good (if you like chewing on things).
One of the best drunken wings I’ve had at hot pot places. The flavours were all there, even though they’ve been soaked up inside the pot. I had to keep ordering more of these.
And finally the pot itself after going through all that. One thing to note about Toyotomi is that it doesn’t have those built in stoves. They have the portable ones that most Asian families would have at home.
Overall, I thought Toyotomi was quite interesting and worth the try if you were feeling like sashimi and hotpot at the same time. Although the combo is quite interesting, one is cold and other is hot, but I guess it’s the best of both worlds. When we arrived around 6, the place was already packed. Good thing we had made reservations or else the wait would have been treacherous. We still waited a good 5 minutes before we were taken to our table. The cost is on par with other AYCE hot pot places in Richmond and with the addition of unlimited sashimi I think it’s a pretty good deal. There is a time limit of dining, but they were pretty flexible and didn’t rush you out. The service was prompt. The decor was more like a Japanese restaurant rather than a hot pot restaurant.