A lapse of two years and we returned again to Tomoe. Tomoe compared to other commercial Japanese restaurants is somewhat on a pricey side but certainly worth paying for the excellent customer service, the jockey service, the authentic ambiance and also for the fresh seafood air flown from Japan.Tomoe certainly has made its mark among the locals and also draws plenty of Japanese customers. So here we were at the open dining area on the second floor and from the wide selection of authentic Japanese dishes featured on their menu, we ordered Sashimi Mori Zen, Tempura Moriawase. Seafood Fried Rice and Garlic Tofu Steak. For drinks, other half settled for Asahi beer whereas I opted for Unne Shu (Japanese Plum Wine), inclusive of Mocha Ice-Cream for dessert.
Drinks arrived and as we sipped, we were gestured to the salad bar, complimentary from the house. I walked up to the see and returned to the table without taking anything, Well, just another spread of normal sliced/shredded vegetables and with some sauces, I rather start with the dishes we had ordered.
Dinner started with the platter of fresh raw varieties of fish - each piece dipped into the wasabi mixed with soy sauce, truly silky smooth for the dainty bite and pleasure.
Up next was the crispy fried tempura - seafood and veggies coated with a light-airy batter and fried for the crunch and munch, served with a watery soy based sauce, another carefully elevated true flavours.
The next dish was the seafood fried rice. Tasty I would say but without any promising and impressive flavours. Its rice fried with eggs, chopped prawns, fish and squids and topped with spring onion. I was not impressed but my other half quite enjoyed the plain taste.
Our meal continued with garlic tofu steak. Brown soft tofu drenched in thick soy sauce, garnished with fried garlic, seaweed and spring onion, the fried garlic for the fragrance and uncomplicated pleasing taste. This dish I would say wasn't as expected, in fact, we didn't finish it up.
The sweet treat - mocha ice-cream with red bean was truly divine for its original natural flavours. I love it so much and with such a small serving, how can one not polish it off.