1077 Flushing Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm; Sat 1pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-10:30pm
Cards: All Major
Subway: L to Morgan Ave.
Menu: Click Here
Bushwick BK says:
TAGS: Bushwick, Delivery, Fairly Cheap, Japanese/Sushi, Restaurants, ★★★★ Great
The dining area in Tomo is one long, leather banquette faced with masculine chairs, softened by a pink light that cascades over a curved wall made of various-sized slices of 1×6 wood planks — modern, but well-done and comfortable. After a month, the menus still smell like plastic and the Ozeki Sake dispenser is ready to be broken in. Tomo just acquired its liquor license — wine, beer, and sake is now available.
The sashimi and sushi are surprisingly fresh. The portions are generous — glistening slabs of fish draped over rice like king-sized comforters on full-sized beds. Yellowtail, squid, and salmon were supple; only the tuna was lean and lackluster. The simple fish preparations are best; the more elaborate rolls, heavy with crispy fried flakes, gloppy mayo, sweet eel sauce, and avocado taste stonerific.
The menu is large, rooted in raw Japanese fare with more ambitious entrees like rack of lamb with plum wine sauce and crispy red snapper. Chef Yoshi Wong, who designs and executes the menu, trained at a sushi apprenticeship in Tokyo for three years. One of the current owners (there are three) was a regular customer at his sushi counter in Queens before he cherry-picked him for Tomo. Mr. Wong, like the enthusiastic waitresses, is talkative and friendly, slicing flesh and sending out complimentary plates of vinegared cucumber topped with spicy tuna tartare.
Some of the best offerings are in the starter section of the menu. A sprightly seaweed salad was a heap of marine greens, lubed with sesame oil and chile ($4). Also nice was a sauté of assorted mushrooms — shitake, enoki, and cremini in a garlic-scented buttery pile ($4). The prices are a couple of dollars cheaper than in Williamsburg or Manhattan; basic rolls are 4 dollars, larger ones 8 or 9, and lunch specials, complete with miso soup and salad, are 8.