Monday, March 22, 2010

Tokyo Restaurant

We went to this Japanese restaurant the other day, and it was great. I thought I'd never see sushi again when I moved to Riyadh, but I was dead wrong. They offer all the main dishes that you would expect of a japanese restaurant, but of course with their own spin. Not all the dishes will taste authentic (.e.g noodles), but many of them come close and are still tasty in their own way. They have fresh sashimi, and they do a really good tempura. It's also priced reasonably in comparison to places like Shogun.

Tokyo used to be a teppanyaki place, but they said they closed down that service because of complaints about the smells (!??!). Do not get too excited if you see a teppanyaki table - that knife show is not gonna happen for you. The family section is entirely sectioned into booths. I'm not sure about the singles section, but in general it's definitely not the fanciest looking restaurant in Riyadh. Like Diamond, it also has mirrors plastered all over the ceiling for some unknown, unholy reason.

My raving review must unfortunately come with one strong caveat. Tokyo is inconsistent. If you happen to be there on a day when their fish arrive, you will be extremely happy with your sashimi. If you happen to be there on a day where their stock is a few days old, you will taste it. So like shooting a dart blindfolded, but still worth a go if you're really missing your sushi.

9 comments:

aFdSmKaD said...

like japanese food~
sushi..tempyaki...
but i seriously allergic with seafood.owh

Orchidthief said...

yeah? looks like a big dose of cosmic irony!

Armor10 said...

Hey looks like I'll be over there with you soon. I finally got my visa in my hands; it was was a process. I'm a Paramedic and I'll be working for the Red Crescent Authority. So hopefully will never meet in a Professional capacity. My wife and kids will follow after my first year. Keep up the blog, I have learned a lot and my wife checks it almost every day. Take care

Orchidthief said...

Good to hear you finally heard back and confirmed things up. I followed my own hubby after 6 months, so the lag time is probably a good move - gives you a chance to get everything settled so your family can have the softest landing possible ;)

AAF said...

Where is this restaurant?

Clements Family said...

Have you tried Sushi Yoshi? We ate there the other night. It was great - we will be going back soon. When trying a new place in Riyadh, we have learned not to have any expectation for the food. This met and surpassed any expectation we could have had!

Orchidthief said...

hiya clements! yes, actually I have tried sushi yoshi and I agree with you it's very good! It's a much nicer place to go and sit, because it has that clean white modern atmosphere, open space and all those big windows too. I found that their sushi was the best thing they had going for them - really inventive and tasty, and their hot dishes were good, but not amazing (But maybe it IS amazing for Riyadh?). I would say that Tokyo has probably the best sashimi if you go on a day the fish is fresh. And their hot dishes are okay, but Sushi Yoshi's a notch above in that respect. yep. now I'm hungry for sushi!

Oh yeah, and as for the location of Tokyo, I'll have to ask the hubster and get back to ya...

Rashed said...

Tokyo Restaurant is great, you can read more reviews at RiyadhEats.com the online dining guide to Riyadh, plus were giving away great prizes each month to the best reviewers!

http://www.riyadheats.com/food-and-drink/restaurants/tokyo/

techglobusindia said...

restaurant Bahrain Since it opened in Bahrain in 2001, Bennigan's has always been the place where people have gone to enjoy great and restaurant Bahrain unique American cuisine with a special brand of Irish hospitality, spend time with friends or just to enjoy the relaxing...