One of the things missing from Edmonton's food scene was a nice Izakaya, a type of Japanese restaurant that specializes in serving alcoholic beverages and appetizers/snacks. With a craze spreading from Vancouver and Toronto with restaurants like Guu, Tomo Izakaya opened very recently in Edmonton on December 9, 2012. Tomo in Japanese means "friend" and their goal is to treat everyone like they would their close companions.
|Tonpei Yakki: An egg omelette with shredded pork and cabbage|
|Deep fried oysters in Ponzu sauce|
Tomo has a wide variety of beers, sake, shochu (sake but distilled), cocktails and teas imported from Japan. This restaurant also serves a variety of Japanese tapas dishes; including: Asian salads, sushi/sashimi, meat dishes, noodles and rice. After looking through the menu, we decided on the Tonpei Yaki, the Chicken Kara Age, the Oyster Ponzu, the Tuna Yakke, the Udon Aglio Olio E Peperoncino, the Mentai Fried Rice, and the Simmered Pork Belly. The Tonpei Yaki is an omelette filled with shaved pork and cabbage and topped with mayonnaise type sauce. Although the sauce was very tasty, the inside of the omelette was quite bland as the cooked cabbage and pork had very little flavor.
The udon dish (priced at $11.95) consisted of octopus and squid in a buttery bacon sauce. It was seasoned with so much pepper to the point of being spicy, which was actually a good thing as it had a nice kick. However, the udon tasted similar to those of packaged udon bought at any Asian grocery store. The fried rice (priced at $7.95) contained cod roe (aka. fish eggs) and bacon. I enjoyed the dish but others felt the roe was overpowering for their palates. The simmered pork belly (priced at $6.95), which I had been looking forward to, was a disappointment as most pieces contained pure fat. It was easily the least enjoyed dish of the night with leftovers even among five hungry people.
|Udon with octopus and squid|
|Simmered Pork Belly|
|Mentai (fish Roe) Fried Rice|