Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tokyo Joe's Sushi Factory

Tokyo Joe's was a pleasant surprise for me.  It's right around the corner from my workplace, and the sushi was surprisingly good for a take-out place.  Dwhit from Urban Spoon said that Tokyo Joe's is run by Japanese, and I've heard the same rumor myself from others.......not quite.  It's actually Korean operated, but they definitely have the right spirit and enthusiasm, especially Jun, one of the most vocal of Tokyo Joe's employees.  For those of you who are sticklers about "authenticity", maybe you should shelf your thoughts for this one and give it a try.

That;s Jun in the the foreground - very genki.

Note the sauce cup.  I haven't seen this before, a take-out sushi place that gives you a sauce cup for your soy sauce.  It's the little things that make a good shop.

I ordered an assortment of sushi, including the spicy tuna roll (I don't know why, but it's become one of my favourite types of maki sushi), 2 pc toro, 1 pc 1kura, and 1 pc amaebi.  The spicy tuna roll was pretty good, and they drizzle it with some sort of spicy mayo dressing.  The toro is of pretty good quality, and had some nice marbling that is pretty much the only way that allows you to describe tuna as rich and almost creamy.  The ikura was piled on pretty generously, but what got my attention was the way they prepared the amaebi.  The prawn tail was done like most other places, but they deep-fried the head for me, which not many other places do.  I'm not sure if they always do this thought, because when I ordered over the another phone during my second visit (within one week), they didn't do this.  I'll make sure I request it next time because the deep fried prawn head was incredible.

Since it was my lunch was only 1/2 hour, and I didn't pack my lunch, options were limited to what was in the area - Save-On-Foods (sometimes I just get a whole BBQ Chicken and split it up over 3 or 4 meals), or Nando's, or a walk to the Lansdowne Food Court.  Fresh Slice is not an option, so I decided to try Tokyo Joe's.  I admit, I had my doubts, but in the end, I was glad I took the chance to try Tokyo Joe's.

The food is fantastic, the service is very friendly (the staff look like they really enjoy their work - which to me is great) and pretty quick, and price is reasonable, but just a bit more than I'd like to pay (because I'm cheap).  Will I go back?  Definitely....when I'm not being kechii (cheap).

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  1. Wow, I'm glad that you found a restaurant on my blog that you didn't notice, because this review really makes me want to try Tokyo Joe's now! Your pictures look so delicious! My doctor's office was right next door and there was always this really strong smell coming from this restaurant. I didn't think much of it because of the big yellow sign and the name... but I'll have to give this one a try sometime!

  2. Hey Janice,

    Thanks for reading! Haha, yeah, Tokyo Joe's has a huge tempura smell wafting around outside of the restaurant. I've worked in the area for about 2 years and it never even occurred to me to try it, just because of the name.

    They've recently stopped doing the ebi heads, but something not posted here is self-serve miso soup. This is something I've actually seen in Japan, kaiten sushi places anyway.

    Thanks again for visiting my blog!



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