Almost reaching the end of May already.. I’m <2 months away from being in school again :(
Haven’t seen my classmates in a month, 5 of us went out for Japanese tapas last night @ Izakaya Tomo, a relatively new restaurant in town (opened ~5-6months ago). Its concept is new in Edm, so I was really excited to go! SO excited that I left my camera at home… thus, photos weren’t that good :( sorry!
A brief history/info about this place: “Izakaya” really doesn’t have an English/western equivalent (pub, maybe?); it’s the idea of casual drinking while enjoying little dishes of food - to accompany the drinks. It’s more of a “drinks” place, rather than a restaurant. They do not serve mains/full meals; instead, you order the “sidedishes” & share it among friends. Traditionally, it’s meant to be an after-work socializing atmosphere for men; but obviously it’s not just for that audience anymore. & “Tomo” is the name of the owner/chef of the Izakaya (his name’s Tomoya).
Yerpp! That being said, let’s jump into the food (I apologize again for the poor-quality photos! The dishes look better in real life!)
Beef tataki - thinly sliced seared beef with butter ponzu sauce. The sauce was really good; more sour than the other beef tataki sauces I’ve tried in the past. I couldn’t taste “butter” at all though. I thought it was interesting how they had shredded cabbage with it.. Never seen that before.
Tako-yaki - fried octopus balls. Umm .. it could use a bit more octopus… The 3 that I ate only had this 1 piece of octopus in it each (everything else was batter), so it was disappointing. Overall flavour was really good~ Love bonito flakes! It added that bit of fishy/seafoody taste to it.
Tuna yukke - Japanese style tuna tartar mixed with fresh egg yolk. Very smooth, the seasoning wasn’t strong at all.
Chicken nanban - fried chicken with a sweet & sour sauce (covering the chicken). The “special sauce” on the side is actually… egg salad! Quite an interesting mix actually. I wouldn’t suggest dipping the chicken into the special sauce; tasted fine with the sweet & glazy sauce. The cabbage & fried lotus root chips tasted good with the special sauce though. Altogether, I was the least impressed with this dish (sadly, I ordered it too…). Everything just seemed avg to me for some reason; I could perhaps get (better) fried chicken elsewhere, & I didn’t think the sweet & sour sauce was that outstanding either. I liked the presentation though.
Udon Aglio Olio E Peperoncino - a fusion udon with squid & octopus (which I didn’t taste/eat at all). A bit spicy, a bit oily.. the Japanese bacon was really delicious though (same texture as normal Canadian bacon but a diff taste).
Aburi saba - torched mackerel. Tbh, I’m not a fan of mackerel; texture is okay, but I don’t really like the salty/very fishy taste of it. So for me, this one was also on the bottom of the list.
Carbonara udon - my fav!!! This was what I wanted to try when I 1st viewed the menu online :P I wondered how this classic Italian sauce/pasta would taste if the noodles were udon. It was great!! The sauce was thicker than the usual. If you don’t prefer the whole sharing thing/just want something for yourself, this would be the closest to an entree bcos the sauce was so creamy.
Tako wasa - raw octopus in wasabi sauce. My goodness! I have never eaten raw octopus before… The texture was crunchy - more crunchy than I expected. But it was good! Definitely looking forward to trying out the live/raw octopus (still moving) in Korea sometime!
Creme brulee with matcha. Delicious, very light, not too sweet..! Enough said.
Good food, not-so-good service (even though they were really fast in bringing out our orders). But perhaps that’s cos we were bad izakaya customers… lol like I was saying 9 photos ago, ppl come here for drinks & the food is the accompaniment - that totally didn’t happen with us… 8.5/10! Would come back & try out their other menu items~