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IN PRAISE OF TOMOE

oonth | Dec 21, 200710:36 AM     7

So I revisited for lunch having been mighty impressed by an initial dinnertime experience. And it was even better than the first time around. Once again downstairs at the sushi counter and ordered 10 pieces of nigiri, a special of sauteed iberico pork and a small pitcher of sake. All the sushi (fatty tuna, scallop, yellowtail, sea bass, shad, mackerel, squid, orange clam, sea eel) was high quality and the scallop (hotate) from Aomori (northern Japan) was fabulous, sweet, succulent and accomplishing the proverbial melt in the mouth. Pork was served with a green salad and a dab of yuzu kosho, a delicious Japanese spicy paste served as an accompaniment to cooked fish and meat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuzu). Sushi chefs chatty and warm recommending sushi specials, answering my questions etc. Waitstaff equally good and gracious. I got served a special shoyu which I assume has been fermented for longer or blended (or both) and hence more flavoursome. Ginger (gari) superior. Wasabi not fresh but higher grade powdered producing a grainy effect similar to the real thing. Sake fine and a good selection by the bottle with monthly specials. Price = 30 pounds (+ 3 service). On the basis that the pork dish was 4.95 and the sake I'm guessing 4-5 pounds, that means that the sushi was 20 pounds for 10 pieces which for the quality involved is outstanding value.

I haven't been everywhere but for me this is the best sushi I've encountered in London to date.

TOMOE SUSHI, SAKE BAR AND JAPANESE TAPAS
62 MARYLEBONE LANE

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