Torarenbo Japanese Restaurant
Richmond Centre, 8191 Park Rd
Escaping the madness of people flowing out of the Richmond Oval after an afternoon Olympics competition, and navigating along some very unfamiliar territory looking for someplace quick to eat, we found our way to a place known as Richmond Centre. Essentially its a strip mall with some limited parking and thus I drove right into one of the reserved (likely for staff?) stalls right in front of Torarenbo. Rules be damned, I was hungry.
With these random, shotgun approach dining adventures, I never know what I’m going to get. The partly covered window coverings further created a shroud of mystery about this place as I could not really see inside and know if in fact there was anyone eating inside. Alas, once I got through the front door on the side, I did see some people having meals and a few empty tables. After being asked if I had reservations (“for a place like this and on a weekday?”, I thought) and replying “no”, we were given one of the empty spots along the glass wall. In hindsight, I’d suggest you ask for a table deeper into the restaurant as whenever the front door opened, a brisk gust of cold wind would hit us, as well people who wandered in waiting to be greeted would linger not far from our table.