Tucked away from the busy high street of Putney on Upper Richmond Road is a hidden gem; Tomoe. The amount of sushi restaurants have rapidly increased over the past couple of years, with a packet of sushi as easy to get your hands on as a packaged sandwich in a shop. However a lot of the sushi available is targeted towards popular taste buds and do not necessarily represent what Japanese sushi is. From outside Tomoe looks like a traditional Japanese restaurant and you are greeted in Japanese “Ohayō gozaimasu”, the menu is also written in Japanese with english translations. There is no baked sushi with extra cheese – but variations of sashimi and traditional sushi rolls. As well as plenty of main dishes, sake etc.
I shared a Chirashi which is a bowl of mixed sashimi (salmon, tuna, eel, sea bass, egg) on a bed of sticky rice with the usual trimmings of pickled ginger, wasabi and soy. This is delicious, approximately £20 for a small bowl.
Followed by a selection of sushi rolls, salmon, avocado, prawn tempura, salmon skins (our favourite). All divine and freshly cooked. If seated upstairs you can watch the chef make the food.
For dessert you have the choice of Green tea or vanilla ice cream or a selection of red bean based mochi!
Overall an extremely good Japanese place particularly if you enjoy sashimi and the more traditional vibe. However if you are planning to arrive in a group larger than 2, booking is definitely required although they will do their very best to accomodate you!
More pictures from Tomoe…