1128 W Broadway, Vancouver (Map)
This is not my first time at Tomokazu, in fact I use to come here often during my university years. But ever since graduation, I haven't had a lot of chance to revisit this area, and even if I do, there are just way to many new restaurants to check out. Anyways I was finally back in the area and it was lunch time, so I decided it's time for a re-visit to one of my old trusted AYCE joint. Personally, I think consistency is a really important factor for all restaurant, of course given that they were good to begin with.
The prices at Tomokazu really hadn't changed through out the years. Lunch was still $9.99 for weekdays and $1 more for weekends. The gomae was average, but my chopped scallop sushi cone was really good. They weren't stingy at all, there was way more scallop that meets the eyes. It was also tasty and fresh.
The veggie/yam tempura was good, crunchy without being too oily. These were also some seriously big piece of vegetables too.
The nigiri was good, without a overload on rice. The rolls were not bad. I especially enjoyed the slightly spicy Tomokazu roll. However the rice for the sushi was a bit on the hard side.
The chicken karaage was juicy and flavorful, but it was bit hard on the outside (I think this is my own problem, as I have a really soft hard palette that get scratched VERY easily). The tonkatsu was tender and flavorful.The teriyaki chicken was decent, it is just a little over drenched with the sauce. Lastly, we ordered one Portuguese and one regular motoyaki, I found both to be overly oily.
I didn't really care for the gyoza, it was at best mediocre. We ordered a unagi fried rice, but there is barely any unagi at all. Despite the lack of unagi, but the taste was definitely there. It was actually really good, because it wasn't oily but the taste was robust. The yakisoba was bland in my opinion, and the noodle was on the hard side. The agedashi tofu was perfectly fried, and tasted pretty good.
AYCE are not known for their quality, nor their execution, they are mostly known you "you won't leave hungry". With my many years of experience at Tomokazu, I have to say they kept their quality relatively consistent. Their food is mostly good, and for the price of only $10.99 for lunch (on weekend), I would say this is a worthy place to check out.