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Feb 25, 2009 06:20 PM

Tomo Sushi Princeton

I almost regret that I'm posting this, as it may cause our favourite spot to be over-run. If that happens, that's awesome for Mark-San.

Each time we leave Tomo I feel on top of the world. As though nothing bad is going to happen. It's that good. The fish is fresh and the cuts are made for your taste once Mark-san knows you. Squid is good here. Fresh, tender, with a bite (of course), but the flavour--oh my God. It is so good. And I'm not usually a fan of chewy sushi. When you don't know what you want, he makes it. Then, when you ask for his specialty, he'll give you something which melts and makes you rethink whatever you thought you knew about sushi.

I love this place.

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  1. Thanx for the review....when I am out that way I will surly give it a try....

    1. Thanks Caralien. I'll have to go back and try Tomo again. I used to live three blocks down for years so ate here a number of times. I always found the sushi was very good, but nothing special. However always seemed over-priced. I guess that's the formula for Princeton though. I will certainly try again and ask Mark-san for his recommendations.

      Ajihei still blows me away for sushi in Princeton. It's my personal pick for most exceptional restaurant in town, in any class. Simple but outstanding quality fish and preparation.

      Tomo Japanese Restaurant
      236 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542

      11 Chambers St, Princeton, NJ 08542

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      1. re: frackit

        We were in a similar stance until we started eating at the table in front of Mark-san (prior to then eating in the windows, or getting take out). What he prepared for us at that single table has been so amazing. He now knows our tastes and preferences, and it's rare that we leave paying more than $60 including tip (usually $40)--for the 2 of us. On our last visit, we were craving something, and he gave us the biggest piece of unagi--so sumptuous. On a previous visit, for our last bite, it was black cod (ordered for another patron, but we got a hearty taste).

        It may be that if you're a regular, you'll get better treatment. Even when we weren't, it was still very fresh, but I am so reluctant to go to any other sushi place now, as here I'm guaranteed a great, ethereal experience. And that is something that can never be discounted--leaving while floating on the world and being happy even during this depression. I can't explain it any better, but will try Ajihei sometime soon.

        1. re: Caralien

          We dined at Ajihei tonight and now, with your report, we'll have to get over to Tomo. Maybe tomorrow!

          What's your top 3 or 4 picks off the Tomo menu?

          Ajihei is by far, the bestest, freshest, perfectest sushi/sashimi in the area!! Be warned tho - it's byob, only seats 20, takes no res'vs and only seats one large party (up to 5) at a time. You'll find melt in your mouth quality and excellent service.

          Maybe it's time for an Iron Chefs - Princeton contest?!

          1. re: Foody4life

            If you go to Tomo--you MUST sit in front of Mark-san. There's a little table there--2-3 people. We usually start with the sashimi platter ($18), then go for whatever he suggests. I never liked ika (squid) until here. Then I was a convert. I'd trust even surf clam from him if he had it (I usually avoid the chewies).

            He taught us about yellowtail--that it's actually incredible when cut right. Almost better than white tuna for me.

            Tomo is also BYO, no res, and you have to get there on a night when the seat is available.

            You won't be disappointed.

          2. re: Caralien

            Yes this was lunch yesterday. Open on Mondays. Tiny Place. Ate Sushi in my car - it was a first but it was good! LOL Thanks for posting.

        2. I had lunch in Princeton today right across the streeet at the Thai reastaurant and asked my friends if they have been to Tomo. The answer wa no , so Im pleased to see your review, thanks for your comments...

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          1. re: JerzeyShore

            This is off-topic, but I assume you mean Thai Village? I haven't been there in years, how was it? It had always been positively awful, worse Thai food I've ever had...but it's been a while.

            1. re: frackit

              I haven't had any luck with the 3 places there--Mexican, Thai, or Indian. The Indian place was the best of the lot, and popular for their buffet, but our favourite Indian place is a drive away--Abhiruchi. The dosas, saag, service--amazing. Surprisingly cheap (we're always amazed at how cheap it is). For Thai, we're still looking (it would be wonderful for my husband's flu). Mexican, try Chapin for takeaway tacos.

              Abhiruchi Indian Cuisine
              2800 State Route 27 North, Brunswick, NJ

              Chapin Restaurant
              146 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542

              1. re: Caralien

                Thanks once again Caralien! Always love Chapin, and will definitely try Abhiruchi. For great Thai in the Princeton area, try Tom Yum Goong, near the corner of Nassau and Harrison St. Recently opened, both the owner and chef are real Thai. Wonderful dishes...and, like you, I've been searching for decent Thai food in the area for years.

                Tom Yum Goong Thai Restaurant
                354 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ

                1. re: frackit

                  Agree re Tom Yum Goong. It's across the parking lot from the Whole Earth Center. Had dinner there recently on a weeknight and experienced none of the service issues referenced in this older thread:


                  1. re: MercerChow

                    We've been to Tom Yum Goong, but it doesn't compare to what I'm used to from the northside of Chicago. It's a pretty place, with excellent service and atmosphere, but I'm still looking for something as good as Opart Thai in Chicago. Even my friends who moved to Pilsen would head up there because it was so good. I'm still looking...

                    Opart Thai House Restaurant
                    4658 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625