I don’t plan to blog about this place so soon and wanted to blog only sometime next week. But I think I better just go ahead and write about it since we accidentally published an unfinished post yesterday. So here goes.
Tokyo Joe’s is one of those place we would have never been to up until a few weeks ago. Our boys love sushi but the thing is, Suanne hates sushi. We are trying to get her to learn to love uncooked food so that we can visit more Japanese restaurants. Believe it or not … until today I had never been to a Izakaya before and ironically Suanne had. She went to Guu in Aberdeen.
In other thing that prevents us from giving Tokyo Joe’s a second glance is the name. It’s full name is Tokyo Joe’s Sushi Factory. The words “Joe” and “Factory” just does not evoke images of quality sushi.
We went this time. The boys wanted sushi and I said I will not go for sushi if mummy does not take at least one piece of sushi. Hehehe … that worked. Suanne will do anything for the boys. Of course just so that she does not back out, we all shook hands to seal the deal.
This place is … Korean owned. From the many pictures of their customers, it seems like the owners are Joe and Jun. Jun is very loud and I mean really loud. 🙂 She has boundless energy and all and I understand it is her style. She would yell the orders in front of the customer for the chef. Everyone knows what you ordered. It is not a problem to us but her voice is really loud. Just so you know.
There are a lot of choices. While they have a menu, it is easier to select looking at the pictures on the board. Nanzaro as usual takes the longest to decide what he wants. He goes to look at the pictures, comes back to table to look at the menu, still can’t decide and goes back to the board with the pictures. Of course, this annoys Arkensen to no end.
The menu above is clickable to show larger.
While the menu is large, it is somewhat filled with common sushi dishes. The only part I concentrated on was the specialty rolls. They also have brown rice options for their rolls but it is at an extra charge ($1 for rolls, 50 cents for maki, and 25 cents for nigri).
One thing we love about Tokyo Joe’s is the free Miso Soup. All you can drink! Strange thing is that the menu says it is $1.00 but yet the Miso Soup is there piping hot in a pot for everyone to help themselves for free.
So I had three bowls and Suanne had two. And I put LOTS of scallions which is by the side of the Miso Soup pot. The boys? They did not want any. They don’t know what they are missing.
Yeah, the deal was Suanne to have one piece of raw fish but she gets to order cooked food. So, sigh … she ordered the Okonomi Yaki which is $8.00.
Look at that one above. Compare it with this one.
I think Suanne makes a tastier version of the Okonomiyaki at home (see her recipe here).
Tokyo Joe’s version is cut into quarters with a side of salad. It is very brown and crusted on the outside which lead us to think they they made it using a mold or sometime like that. There is hardly anything in it except lots of batter. We did not think this is any good at all.
Nanzaro eventually decided on having two rolls — one fancier roll and one “insurance” roll to hedge on the risk he is taking on the fancier roll.
He got the Crazy Roll ($6.00) and Spicy Salmon Roll ($4.00).
The Crazy Roll is made up of spicy tuna, prawn tempura, crab meat and cucumber.
The Crazy Roll is a very big roll. It falls apart as we try to lift it up. This reminds us of the House Roll in Samurai Sushi and Banzai Sushi. The Crazy Roll is not as big as the House Rolls but it sure is hard to handle.
The Spicy Salmon Roll came in 8 pieces. As you can see, the rice is not sufficiently packed and are loose and grainy.
For Arkensen, he ordered the Maki Combo B which is $8.25.
It consists of California roll (8 pieces) , tuna roll (6 pieces) and salmon roll (6 pieces). Nothing too adventurous for him.
We did the calculation and see how much it cost if we were to order these rolls individually. They were: California roll ($3.45), tuna roll ($2.75) and salmon roll ($2.75). So, there is a saving of 70 cents (or 8%) if you were to order the combo.
For me I had the DX Spicy Combo. It is quite pricey at $13.00. I think this is their “the works” item on the menu. It consists of half serving of Spicy Tuna Sashimi, Spicy Tuna Roll and Negitoro Roll.
Suanne did another breakdown. If ordered individually: 1/2 serving Spicy Tuna Sashimi ($11.50/2=$5.75), Spicy Tuna Roll ($3.75), Negitoro ($2.75). So the total is $12.25 and thus not a saving for this combo.
This is the half serving of Spicy Tuna Sashimi. The full serving is $$11.50.
Big chunky pieces is how I would say. I counted 9 pieces all together even though the menu said 7 pieces.
Of course one piece goes to Suanne as part of the deal.
The Negitoro Roll is chopped tuna and green onion. Under normal circumstances, the boys would want it if I offer them this. It is the presence of the green stuff that they say they are allergic to.
And the above is the Spicy Tuna Roll. All in all, this is a no frills sushi place. What we like most is the free miso soup but the sushis are not head and shoulders above other nearby sushi places.
Having said that they are quite popular and when we were there for lunch on a weekend, the place was packed.
Tokyo Joe’s is now opened 7 days a week. They used to be closed on Sundays.
Our bill came to $43.74 before tips. They accept credit cards.