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The old Toyko restaurant in Eatontown on Rte 35.

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judyk921 Jun 21, 2007 12:20 PM

what happened to the old toyko on 35? it was a really good place, but the new place ( i think it is called Little Tokyo) stinks.... what's the deal and is there anywhere nearby that has good sushi?

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    OGguy RE: judyk921 Jun 21, 2007 12:37 PM

    The sushi at Osaka at the Station on Main St in Bradley Beach (near the train station) is pretty good.

    1. val ann c RE: judyk921 Jun 21, 2007 12:41 PM

      I really like the sushi and sashimi at Kyoto Sushi in Atlantic Highlands - on Rt 36 next to CVS. Their cooked food is nothing special, but the sushi counter serves great quality fish and nicely prepared.

      Kyoto Sushi & Hibachi -- 2389 State Route 36, Atlantic Hghlnds - (732) 708-1088

      1. fershore RE: judyk921 Jun 21, 2007 12:53 PM

        Sawa in Eatontown.

        Yumi in Sea Bright.

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          stack_c RE: fershore Jun 22, 2007 07:49 AM

          Izu in Long Branch in the 7-11 strip mall (Montgomery Steet) has fabulous sushi! They are a small little [place only about 12 tables but everything is FRESH. Andrea Clurfield gaveit a great review back in Feb. We've been going for about 1 year. Def. my fav place, I would say better than Sawa.

        2. Barbarella RE: judyk921 Jun 22, 2007 10:34 AM

          I believe it is called Sashimi 2 now. I had lunch last week and it was good. I ordeded the sashimi lunch (no crustaceans) and a salmon/yellow tail roll. My daughter had the shrimp tempura and we both had miso soup. I liked it alot. The staff and sushi preparers are very friendly and ask how lunch was, and tell you they hope to see you soon.

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            stack_c RE: Barbarella Jun 22, 2007 11:19 AM

            No its still Izu Sushi.. 31 Montgomery Avenue. I was there last week. They give out green"frequent flyer" business cards. I'm not familiar with where Sashimi 2 is but Izu is in the west end section of Long Branch by the Windmill. Are we talking about the same place?

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              Barbarella RE: stack_c Jun 22, 2007 12:27 PM

              No, my place is by the Wendy's and Mc Donald's on Hwy 35 South in Eatontown.

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                tuxedo RE: Barbarella Jun 25, 2007 01:23 PM

                The place by wendy's/mickey d's is the old Toyko - right????

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                  Barbarella RE: tuxedo Jun 25, 2007 01:25 PM

                  CORRECT.

          2. DJMarilyn RE: judyk921 Jun 23, 2007 12:41 PM

            It's not horrible, but I now prefer Ichiban on Rt. 35 in Ocean. Sawa in Eatontown is also very good.

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              bgut1 RE: DJMarilyn Jun 23, 2007 09:32 PM

              Like DJMarilyn I used to frequent Ichiban. If I recall correctly the sushi was pretty good. Of late however we have been going to Takara, also on 35 in Ocean, for our weekly sushi fix. Not great but acceptable.

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                joonjoon RE: DJMarilyn Jun 26, 2007 08:16 AM

                Ichiban is also my spot in this area. I also like Fune for the korean sides. :D

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                  DJMarilyn RE: joonjoon Jun 26, 2007 08:26 AM

                  Where is Fune located? My fiance is Korean so I'd like to take him there. :)

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                    joonjoon RE: DJMarilyn Jun 26, 2007 08:43 AM

                    Hey Marilyn,

                    Fune is on West Park Ave. in Ocean. Here's the Google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=l&h...

                    If you like Sushi and are in red bank you should also check out Sono in Middletown. As far as quality of fish goes it doesn't seem to get much better than that in central NJ.

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                      val ann c RE: joonjoon Jun 26, 2007 10:41 AM

                      I'm eager to try Fune.

                      I think Sono is Middletown is good, but Kyoto in Atlantic Highlands is markedly better. (Kyoto for sushi/sashimi only. I wasn't impressed with the cooked food at Kyoto.)

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                        DJMarilyn RE: joonjoon Jun 26, 2007 05:58 PM

                        joonjoon, thanks for the info and the head's up on Sono. We will try both as soon as possible! :)

                2. Densell RE: judyk921 Jun 23, 2007 10:46 PM

                  Fuji is my absolute favorite! Rt 35 in Shrewsbury in the Staples strip mall (There used to be a Treasure island there-it's across from the Acme/Marshall's shoping area and just south of the library). They have some of the best sushi I have ever had. Try the King Louis roll on the special sushi menu. Really great. They also have hibachi, but I have not tried it.

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                    DJMarilyn RE: Densell Jun 24, 2007 08:57 AM

                    Our one and only time trying Fuji, we were not overly impressed. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't outstanding either. Not enough to encourage us to go back. I guess we could try again. :)

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                      joonjoon RE: DJMarilyn Jun 26, 2007 08:17 AM

                      I had the same experience at Fuji - not bad, but no reason to go back. As far as the original post - Tokyo was one of the better sushi restaurants in the area but I really don't like what they've done with the place. I don't understand why someone would buy a well-established place like Tokyo and mess with it like that. For example they used to have my favorite yaki-udon in the area, but now it's not on the menu! Grr.

                  2. DJMarilyn RE: judyk921 Aug 10, 2007 08:01 PM

                    My guy and I went to Takara in Oakhurst this evening. The decor is very very nice, the food was quite good, however unfortunately the service was quite slow. Our server, Crystal, was very polite and explained they had a server walk out earlier so they were short-staffed. We saw she tried her best, so it was all good. I noticed the Tatami rooms and noted that we would have to try them sometime. Hopefully with some friends as 2 in a room might not be acceptable.

                    There were some birthdays going on, so they banged on a gong, and came out with a cupcake. The lights dimmed and disco lights came on with upbeat music playing over the speakers. I thought was so cool.

                    Four thumbs up for Takara from us. :)

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                      tuxedo RE: DJMarilyn Aug 15, 2007 07:53 AM

                      dj...was this your 1st visit? I am asking because I heard it was sold.
                      Have you tried Sumo in Wall?

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                        DJMarilyn RE: tuxedo Aug 15, 2007 06:53 PM

                        Yeah, that was our first time at Takara. I've driven past Sumo, but haven't been there. I'm actually really looking forward to the Shogun opening on Rt. 34 near Wall Circle Park.

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