frankly, i was quite surprised to see another japanese restaurant opening up at the SS15 shops opposite SJMC to join the others. Maybe there’s really a market for Japanese food around this area? I suppose the restaurants have to be really good to survive as there’s so much competition. The best way to find out is to try it out.
So one evening (and later, one afternoon), I found myself heading for the restaurant. As usual, as soon as you enter, everyone greets you. It is separated into 2 levels, but upstairs is only opened in the evening. The staff even presses the lift buttons for you but we chose to walk up the stairs. We were greeted by an open seating area with some private rooms. At first I thought the rooms were for the larger groups, but there were tables for 4 too. It was still early when we arrived and we could have our pick with the seats so we settled down in one of the rooms. The tables are pushed close to the wall by the windows, and I love having the ledge by the window as I could place my bag there. The weird thing is that there are separate menus for upstairs and downstairs even though most of the items are similar.
Cutlery is simple, though the chopstick rest and condiment tray were more colourful. The green tea was served in a Japanese tea Cup if you prefer it hot and in a parfait glass with ice if you want it cold. The green tea was more brown than green and tasted a bit more concentrated. Couldn’t help but wonder if it was indeed green tea.
We decided to order the Sashimi Shetsugekka (RM80), a selection of Chutoro (Tuna Belly), Kanpachi (Amber Jack), Salmon, Hokkigai (Surf Clam), Ikura (Salmon Roe) & Tako (Octupus). It was nicely presented, and placed on mostly edible “beds” such as grated radish, some kind of seaweed etc. Very fresh indeed.
One of my friends doesn’t like raw stuff much and ordered the garlic fried rice (RM12). They added quite a bit of deep fried garlic and spring onions on it. Friend complained that the garlic was bitter and didn’t even finish the rice. I didn’t try any as I was too busy filling myself up with sushi and sashimi! lol.
I chose the Hana Mi Sushi (RM25), a sushi using salmon, avocado, and fish floss. I couldn’t guess what the thin, transparent layer on top of the salmon was. It tasted slightly sweetish which already disappointed me as I preferred it savoury. I also reckoned it wasn’t very fresh based on the texture. It was also a little difficult to eat as everything started falling into pieces. Don’t think I’ll order this a second time round.
The Tempura Moriawase. Of which Moriawase means the chef’s selection of the freshest ingredients of the day. At RM25 a portion, it had a selection of battered seafood and vegetables – prawns, fish, mushrooms, okra, brinjals etc. Was served with the usual dipping sauce with grated radish and some curry/chilli powder on the sides for that extra oomph.
Having had Dragon Roll (Eel & Avocado Roll) in many other Japanese restaurants, we thought we couldn’t go wrong with a regular. But Tomoe’s version of the dragon roll was sushi with fried shrimp and topped with different types of sashimi and avocado and lightly drizzled with mustard sauce. Not a big hit with us coz we didn’t like the overwhelming taste of the mustard which covered up the taste of the sashimi. Could have been better with less drizzling.
Not wanting to give up on Tomoe after our uneventful dinner, returned with the colleagues & boss during a lunch session. Incidentally, the boss loves this place and have sung high reviews, esp. of the grilled beef tongue. During lunch, only the downstairs is open and instead of being given a normal menu, we got the lunch set menu. I decided to have the “Bara Chirashi” set, which is essentially vinegared rice (or sushi rice) with a medley of diced seafood with tamago (egg omelette), cucumbers & ginger. It came with miso soup, fruits, salad, chawanmushi and some small snacks. It was pretty good even though there was too much ginger for my liking. Everything else on the bento tray was good too though I thought the chawanmushi was a little on the bland side. Washed the lunch down with sorbet. They only had one kind, and it tasted light & citrusy. Great way to end the lunch. The set was RM33 but not too sure about the sorbet.
Overall, food is more traditional instead of the fusion Japanese I’m used to. Decent fare though, and sashimi’s fresh. A bit pricey and service was lacking during dinner but great for lunch. Perhaps it was due to the fact that we were hidden in that room that made it so hard for us to hail someone. Based on my receipt, green tea is complimentary.
Tomoe Japanese Restaurant
No.1, Jalan SS15/5A,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Tel: 03 5633 5919