Stuff Your Face Sadly : Tomokazu All You Can Eat

The last time I visited Tomokazu, I had a relatively good eating experience, though, I heard that as of late, things have seriously gone downhill. Trying to be as unbiased as possible, however, I went in open minded, not knowing what to expect.

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Obviously, if you see a restaurant that’s “Japanese” and it serves all you can eat, it’s not really Japanese (most times, I think they’re Chinese, this one was no exception). For $11 for adults and $8 for a child, it’s pretty darn cheap (I find it kind of funny how there’s a height requirement for children).

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Miso soup’s nothing spectacular. Even at the authentic Japanese places I’ve been to, there isn’t much deviation in taste from, what I suspect to be, the instant stuff.

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With regards to the salad, it’s your typical iceberg and red lettuce covered in Sesame Ginger Miso dressing; nothing special either. The sunomono salad was kind of weak, as, despite the presence of the lemon, it wasn’t very tangy at all.

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This is their take on a Seafood Motoyaki (I believe); it’s got cheese, mayo, and an unidentified seafood on the inside. I’ve got to say, this was one incredibly depressing affair. Although there was some “seafood” on the inside, it was incredibly overpowered by the cheese and mayo, rendering the taste inert. What’s up with the metal tins anyways?

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Yakisoba’s pretty oily as it always is, though it wasn’t anything special either; solid, but could have a more pronounced taste, besides “oily”.

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The Wakame (Seaweed) cones were interesting, to say the least. At least they had a very distinct flavour, compared to a lot of the other stuff that came to rest on our table; this might not be for you, if you don’t like seaweed).

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Above, we’ve got Dynamite rolls and Spicy Tuna cones. The dynamite rolls were pretty sad too, as, although the rice was nice and soft, the avocado tasted really old and the shrimp tempura tasted soggy, as if possibly reheated. The spicy tuna cones were alright though, as the rice, again, was nice and soft and the tuna was…well it wasn’t old, let’s leave it at that.

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Here we’ve got some sweet potato tempura and yam tempura. These are very reminiscent of 89 Inn’s as although they were nice and flaky on the outside, the innards were WAY too hard; maybe they didn’t fry it long enough, or the yam and sweet potato were old.

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As many others have mentioned, the Agedashi Tofu here is way off for some reason. Generally, it should have a light crisp on the outside, and a soft gooey texture on the inside, but the outside on this occasion was far too tough, as if it was fried, frozen, then re-fried.

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This was an absolute train wreck. The spring rolls had a weird taste, that I can’t quite describe or put my finger on, to them. I’m not too sure what it is, but I can tell you right now, that’s not how a spring roll is supposed to taste. Vegetable samosas? Come on, I know it’s an all you can eat place, but it’s like they’re not even trying to be authentic at all anymore.

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The beef teriyaki was fairly tasty, though that’s usually because of the sauce. I did not like, however, how the sauce was so watery. Usually the sauce is more like a gel or a paste, rather than a pure liquid. It didn’t affect the taste too much, though it was just…odd, much like the inclusion of samosas in the menu.

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I did like the chicken teriyaki here. Although being drenched in sauce, the chicken was actually crunchy, which made it all the more enjoyable!

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It’s pretty hard to screw up Chicken Karrage. This time was no exception as they were piping hot and super delicious! It was nicely fried with a distinctive crisp to it, while concealing all of the juices on the inside. I think this is my favourite item from their menu.

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Really didn’t care for their Tamago (egg) sushi or their salmon. The tamago was incredibly bland, and the salmon tasted a little off to me. Honestly, the “sushi” they have at Uncle Willy’s was more flavourful compared to here.

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This is the chicken udon. I think they used the same chicken as the chicken teriyaki as it had the same crispy skin and juicy meat. 

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This is jello. That is all.

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Oranges were super sour, though that’s probably because they’re out of season right now.

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The first time I ever tried Chicken Katsu was in Hawaii, and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s got a nice flaky, deep fried texture with a sliver of juiciness on the inside. The tangy Katsu sauce just makes it heavenly!

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Unfortunately, the same acclaim the Chicken version got is lost on the Tonkatsu (pork). It tasted as though it was deep fried and left to sit too long as it wasn’t crunchy; it was very chewy.

Good:

-Cheap (relatively)

-Easy to get to

-Quick service

Bad:

-Food kind of sucks compared to other Japanese AYCE

-What’s up with the spring rolls…

-Gave up trying to be authentic AT ALL

Closing Comments: It’s cheap I guess…I don’t think I’d really want to come here again. It really wasn’t that good, so I guess everyone saying it’s gone downhill is right.

Overall Rating: 2.8 PBJ’s out of a possible 5

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