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Tomo Japanese Restaurant

Tomo Japanese Restaurant
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Asian, Japanese, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Zola NeneEat Out

Food
The Tomo menu has been developed and prepared by a Japanese chef who previously worked at Willoughby & Co at the V&A Waterfront. As a result, the sushi section has some familiar names such as the 4x4 and Reloaded roll, amongst other popular options such as California rolls and crunch rolls with their tempura element.

Starters include traditional miso soup, which features tofu, seaweed and finely chopped spring onions. Other options to kick off the meal include beef tataki, boiled edamame beans and rice-paper rolls.

For a bigger appetite, mains include a teppanyaki selection, dumplings (the steamed lamb dumplings are particularly delicious), tempura, and robata (Japanese braai) section. The tempura udon bowl is an ample portion, with two giant prawns, silky noodles, rich broth, and a scattering of chilli flakes and dressing on the side. Great for chilly weather.

You're encouraged to choose a few items to share from the menu, but if you find it difficult to make a decision, a great option is the bento box. It's filled with a selection of dishes to give you a few varied tastes, so it might include fried chicken, tuna sashimi, mashed potatoes (warning: served cold), teriyaki salmon, omelette roll, rice and fresh fruit. The generous portion might be too much for one person, so consider sharing it between two of you.

The small dessert section includes two items only: green tea ice cream or black sesame ice cream.

Drinks
A complimentary cup of jasmine tea is served as you are seated – a touch of hospitality not common in this part of town. The restaurant is yet to get its liquor licence, so for now patrons are encouraged to bring their own alcoholic beverages. The menu does offer some soft drink items as well as a selection of teas.

Service
Service is attentive and efficient. Waiters are very knowledgeable about the menu items, helpful with explaining portion sizes, and can help with recommendations.

Ambience
Tomo is a calm space, decorated with pale wood and gold furnishings. In the centre of the restaurant is a gold spiral staircase leading up to the soon-to-be completed Japanese tea room. The walls are dotted with Japanese script art, which is for sale. There is also some imported crockery and tea available for sale, too.

Best for: A quiet dinner with friends who like to share

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User reviews

  • My first time experience is rather disastrous. I ordered prawn tempura and mixed vegetables tempura. The prawn tempura is rather ordinary, the mixed veggie tempura is literally a few pieces of battered and fired potato thin slices, next to it is s pile of mixed shredded carrots with onions, also deep fried. They are R98 and R97 each which is awfully overpriced, especially for such low quality. You get better food from Ocean Basket than this. Very disappointed!
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  • What an amazing dining experience! The food was out of this world and the service was fantastic. If you want an authentic Japanese dining experience, be sure to book yourself a table immediately. Worth the spend. 👍
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  • Really wonderful authentic Japanese. The complementary jasmine tea is deliciously fragrant, and together with the picturesque decor allow for a relaxing meal.
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  • Beautiful new spot for sushi, udon and dumplings. The complimentary jasmine tea (in a dainty cup) won me over before I'd even ordered anything. Luckily I was not disappointed. Looking forward to coming back in the evening.

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