I went to Sushi Tomi after work on Wednesday night with two friends. We made a reservation for 6:30. When we got there it hadn't gotten crowded, but by the time we left, there was line.
What was ordered: 2 Chef's special sushi combos (with miso), ankimo (monkfish liver), ochazuke with salmon (this is a rice and hot tea and salmon dish that is much more delicious than it sounds), sake and hamachi nigiri on the side and finally a deep fried soft shell crab. Quite a copious amount of food for three girls! (Oh and complimentary edamame)
I was extremely pleased with my Chef's sushi combo, and the ochazuke my friend graciously allowed me to taste. All of the sushi here is exemplary actually. My sushi combo came with uni, amaebi, salmon skin (or fatty salmon?), hamachi, unagi, bluefin, ika, some rolls with bluefin and scallion chopped finely... and i'm probably missing something. i loved it all, althogh the uni wasn't as sweet as i usually like, but I would attribute that more to the season than the quality. I was especially impressed with the bluefin, the bluefin rolls, and the unagi. in fact, i usually dislike unagi, but this was incredible. It was marinated in the normal unagi marinade, but it was not coated with anything sickly sweet or shiny. And the texture was perfect, there was no chewiness, it was just a pillow of unagi, if you can imagine. The bluefin also had a tender mouth feel, very decadent, bordering on fatty, but not over the edge.
The miso soup that the combo came with was good, pretty standard- nothing in it except for some cubes of tofu. Was a bit more salty than usual.
the salmon ochazuke had a great broth with what was not the normal green tea, maybe it was barley tea? it also had barley (?) floating in it. it was all subtly flavored with roasted meaty qualities that saved the dish from any blandness.
The ankimo was also very subtly flavored, not as buttery as I would have liked, but it amused my bouche while we waited for the meal.
I didn't taste the fried soft shell crab, but it disappeared very promptly, so I can only assume it was done well.
I was very focused on my own food but I noticed that other tables around us ordered udon and other cooked items. I don't remember too much more of the menu, but there was a whole grilled section on it as well.
There seemed to be a lot of Japanese patrons. A great sign. It's not fancy, just a clean, bright, two-roomed restaurant.
The final tab, with a large house sake split between us, came to around $30 per person. It's really a good deal for sushi in this area. I don't think you can find this quality for this price in Mountain View or Palo Alto at any other restaurant.
635 W. Dana St., Mountain View (2 blocks off of Castro)
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