On Valentines Day I had lunch with my GF at Tokyo Table — a fusion inspired Japanese restaurant that opened in the Diamond Jamboree shopping center in Irvine on October 2008. Below is a mini-report of this visit. For those that prefer video and pictures, much of this report is in the video at: http://yelloww.net/blog/2009/02/tokyo... -- for those that like to read, then read on!
Tokyo Table specializes in modern “Tokyo City Cuisine” which is essentially Izakaya style — think of a Japanese version of Spanish tapas — lots of small dishes for the group to share. The inside of the restaurants is very modern, with nice brown leather booths, and a very interesting wooden chandelier/sculpture in the middle of the dining room.
The menu contains much of the standard Japanese food you’d see at other Japanese restaurants, for example, sushi, ramen, and tempura, but also consists of a number of “fusion” items that are not your traditional Japanese Faire. The “specialties” at Tokyo table are 1) Tofu (our waiter told us they make fresh every 30-40 minutes) and 2) The sushi pizza (obviously on the fusion side of things).
Not being a huge tofu fan, we passed on the tofu, but we did order the sushi pizza as recommended by our waiter. We also ordered the pork Yakisoba noodles, and the shrimp Tempura.
The Yakisoba noodles ($8.95) were tasty — although it was topped with a bit too much of the Katsuobushi (fish flakes) for my liking. The amount of pork was also pretty minimal, but that is typical of most Yakisoba that I’ve had.
The Shrimp Tempura was also good. Fives pieces of shrimp for $8.95. It had just the right amount of batter, and not too greasy.
And finally — drum roll please……….. — the sushi pizza ($13.95). A pretty odd name for a dish, and let me start with saying that it was quite a bit better than I had expected. The sushi pizza starts with a layer of seaweed as the “crust”, is then topped with rice, crab meat, salmon meat, and a jalapeno. The sushi pizza is then baked, and served hot with a mini pizza serving spatula. The combination of the crab/salmon and jalapeno is surprisingly delicious. The jalapeno adds a bit of spark of the otherwise typical seafood flavor.
Tokyo Table is not your traditional Japanese faire, but it’s definitely tasty.
Tokyo Table is located at:
Diamond Jamboree Plaza
2710 Alton Pkwy.
Irvine, CA 92606
Tokyo Table Video Review: