10 Oct, 2008
Tomoe Japanese Restaurant (兎もえ)
Posted by: Wen Ching In: Japanese Food
We came across a 2008 calendar introducing 10 Japanese chefs and Japanese restaurant published by Panora. It was interesting, there were recipes by the chefs introducing their recommended dishes. Since I don’t cook well, we decided to visit the restaurant itself. So, we went to Subang Jaya since we’re more familiar with that area, we spotted Tomoe and went straight into it. There are also other Japanese restaurants located on the same street, Rakuzen and Hyotan, which we wanted to visit next time!
The restaurant was stylish and comfortable, it has 2 floors and the waitress led us to the upper floor and we sat near the window looking out to the streets. Even though the view wasn’t the best of all, it still felt very comfortable looking out the window.
To start with, we had this ebi pan (海老パン) which is recommended by the waitress, she told us that this is a popular order among the customers. This baked bread topped with prawn paste was expensive for RM15 but it was worth it, it tasted really fantastic! The bread was hot and crispy when served and the prawns were so fresh and delicious! Definitely something that we would order again next time!
Next, we had an awa yuki sashimi moriawase (淡雪刺身盛り合わせ) for RM60. This includes hokkigai (ホッキ貝) aka suft clam, kanpachi (間八) aka Amber Jack, chutoro (中とろ) aka tuna belly, saba (鯖) aka mackerel, akami (赤身) aka tuna and tako (蛸) aka octopus. All sashimi were excellent and fresh! We enjoyed the sashimi a lot but unfortunately some of them were very thinly sliced.
The takoyaki cheese teppanyaki (たこやきチーズ鉄板焼) is one of our favourite Japanese dishes but we have yet to find any restaurants serving good takoyaki. Priced at RM18, this baked octopus balls with cheese were served with pickled ginger. It was served warm and tasted delicious when it melted in our mouth. Takoyaki definitely tastes good with cheese, but the sad thing is, the portion of tako in the octopus balls was quite small.
Anyway, we ordered this wakadori no ichimiyaki tuna potato zoe (若鶏の一味焼ツナポテト添え) as we’ve seen it from the calendar. It wasn’t in the menu so we had to explain to the waitress about this and finally the chef prepared it. It took them quite some time to serve this but it turned out that this grilled young chicken with chili powder served with tuna and potato was very worth waiting for. Priced at RM23, the chicken tasted superb, it was very juicy and the meat was firm. The chili flakes boosted its taste and it was simply fantastic! The salad turned out to be good too, but they somehow replaced the tuna and potato with egg salad with mayonnaise, yet, it was delicious!
Since we haven’t had udon with simmered duck before, we decided to go for this kamo nabeyaki udon (鴨鍋焼きうどん). Priced at RM25, we find this udon quite tasty even though the combination sounded quite new to us. The soup was flavourful and the duck meat was fresh and well cooked. This would be something new to try on instead of the usual udon with seafood or chicken.
Finally, even though our stomachs are close to bursting, I still insisted on a dessert! So, we had a shiratama anko (白玉あんこ) for RM10. These tiny little flour cakes which tasted slightly sweet and chewy were served with red bean. The combination was good and we enjoyed this dessert.
It was a very pleasant dinner. The service was good, the environment was comfortable and the food was good. Though it was quite pricey, it’s still worth to check this restaurant out as they offer a large variety of authentic and new and interesting Japanese food.
No. 1, Jalan SS15/5A,
47500 Subang Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel : 03-56335919