Tokyo House, Raleigh
I've seen several discussions on area sushi, but I haven't seen anyone mention Tokyo House. Has anyone else been?
Waraji is generally my sushi of choice, but Tokyo House is open on Sunday (a rarity in north Raleigh, it seems) and is nowhere near as packed/noisy as Waraji. This past Sunday we tried takeout sushi from Tokyo House. I was impressed. The tuna and salmon were both firm and delicious. The Rainbow roll didn't quite compare to Waraji's Spiral Ecstasy roll that we are so fond of, but it was a satisfactory substitute. I think what I enjoyed most is that the rolls seemed a touch smaller than Waraji's, so I was better able to fit them into my mouth and enjoy all the flavors at once. It's amazing what a difference that can make.
I had not patronized Tokyo House for a couple years, and it has definitely had some changes since then. While I awaited my take-out, I noticed the interior had been remodeled. The sushi bar is the centerpiece, there are booths along the walls, and there are two fairly private tatami rooms that need to be reserved at least one day in advance. The floor is carpeted, so it was not so clattery as some restaurants. The current menu has also been updated in the last couple of years... instead of just serving Japanese food, they are now an Asian Bistro that also serves Thai.
Personally, I am not usually keen on restaurants that do more than one cuisine-- I feel lucky if a restaurant can do one cuisine well. However, there is a disappointing lack of good Thai in my immediate area (I currently drive out to Capital for Sawasdee), so I am anxious to give Tokyo House's Thai dishes a fair shake. Has anyone tried their Thai offerings?
I definitely plan to go back. I'm not sure how kid friendly it is at dinner-- it seemed a little too peaceful for hubby and I to take the munchkin. Maybe the next time we get a sitter we can go check it out.
Haven't been there in a while (we prefer Waraji, too) but Tokyo House is quite acceptable. Can't comment on the Thai, tho. I've got my questions about the multi-ethnic offerings, too.
IAs far as kid-friendly goes 've been bringing the Offspring there since she was about 2 and we've never felt that they weren't accepting of her. She's pretty good with edamame, rice and, surprisingly enough, sashimi. By all means, bring the kid if you'd like, but I'm all for child-free nights out, too.
I've been there twice now because I haven't had the chance to try out many different sushi places. I first went here with a meetup.com crew and I got to view a bunch of the cooked dishes, which looked great. Here's my official yelp.com review:
"I am on the quest for my favorite sushi place in Raleigh and this one, while good, isn't it. They have decent rolls and a large selection of Thai and Japanese food but I need sushi perfection to satisfy my sushi cravings. Fish is perfectly fresh and rolls are of decent size. But I just didn't feel that the collection of rolls was particularly inventive. Also, the spicy rolls are too spicy for my taste (same with my friends). So if you're looking for tasty cooked food or traditional sushi, definitely stop here. If you want something inventive, skip it."
I haven't tried Waraji yet, but I am excited to do so.