Izakaya Tomo

It’s been a few years since my last visit to Izakaya Tomo so we decided to check it out for some birthday shenanigans Tuesday evening. You should already know this but if you don’t, they were Edmonton’s first izakaya and have been around for years. Hanjan is located right beside them now.

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Love how Tomo is open late till midnight every night! I didn’t expect it to be busy but it was bustling for a weekday. We originally sat at the bar but they moved us to a table once it opened.

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They have cute Polaroid photos of staff and groups when you first walk in.

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The inside is quaint with wooden tables and sake bottles lining the walls. Service was excellent and the food came out quickly.

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The menu is easy to peruse with pictures for almost every dish. Starters, salads, ippin, teppan, rolls, sushi & sashimi, rice & noodle and desserts.

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I asked about their daily specials but they only had two chutoro pieces left ($6.00 each). Click here to see the menu (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) and drinks (1, 2, 3 and 4).

Beef tataki ($10.00)
DSC02487Seared sliced beef with butter ponzu sauce. Lightly seared. Good start.

3 Quick ($9.00)
DSC02488You have 5 options to choose from; we went with the seaweed salad, kimpira and spicy tuna. Loved all three. Seaweed salad’s always a favourite. Kimpira was burdock root and carrot; nice crunchy texture. Spicy tuna was well balanced with a bit of heat.

Deep fried tofu ($6.00)
DSC02492Agedashi tofu was excellent. Touch of sweetness from the sauce and lightly fried.

Pork shoga ($12.00)
DSC02497Stir fried slices of pork and onion with shoga (ginger) sauce. Again, flavours are there but this was a really small portion.

Peperoncino ($13.00)
DSC02491Olive oil, bacon, chili pepper, octopus, squid and onions. Their stir fried udons are bomb. This one was peppery with a subtle bit of heat underlying all the umami flavours. Japanese Italian fusion with flair!

3x salmon and tuna nigiri ($2.50/each)
DSC02494This was my favourite dish of the night. Both the salmon and tuna were incredibly fresh. They also do their wasabi fresh and rice is properly done; correctly seasoned and slightly loose.

Garlic salmon fried rice ($11.00)
DSC02500Salmon, garlic, onion and wakame. This portion looks so small when it comes out but like everything else, the flavour was on point. Rice was perfect and reminded me of sticky rice but in a refined way. Garlic salmon was delicious.

Curry udon soup ($13.00)
DSC02501Pork, deep fried tofu and green onions. Their udon noodles have that satisfyingly chewy texture but felt the broth could have had a bit more depth.

Tomo is great; just be prepared for small portions.

Izakaya Tomo
http://www.izakayatomo.net
3739 – 99 Street
Edmonton, AB
(780) 440-9152

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