Tomoe Japanese, Putney

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.

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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.
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For dessert you have the choice of Green tea or vanilla ice cream or a selection of red bean based mochi!
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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!

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