Over the weekend, Matt and I had a reservation for Teppan Edo. It had been a very long time that either of us had been there, but a sushi craving caused us to nix those plans in exchange for a meal at Tokyo Dining.
It has been quite some time since I’d last dined at Tokyo Dining. It was shortly after the refurbishment when I visited, and the menu has changed a bit over this time. I remember ordering seaweed salad, which I did not see on the menu.
There is also only one option for sashimi: The Sashimi Sampler, which consists of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. Eel was available for nigiri and in a roll, but when I asked if it was possible to have it served as sashimi, I was told this was not possible. Bummer.
Matt ordered Tuna Nigiri ($6.00), which was devoured before I could blink. My guess is that it was good.
He also ordered a Philadelphia Roll ($7.95). Neither of us have had this sushi menu staple in the past.
Matt thought was that it was okay, but it’s not something he’d order again. I tried a piece and didn’t care for the cream cheese texture in combination with the rice. The taste was fine, we just really weren’t fans.
I ordered the Tuna Salmon Sensation ($8.50). It is composed of raw tuna, salmon, and avocado cubes served in a sesame-sake-soy dressing.
The dressing did have a slight depth of flavor, but the soy was certainly the prominent ingredient. Japan’s kiosk for Food & Wine offered a sampling of this, which neither Matt nor I tried. I’ve seen pictures, however, and the $5.95 F&W “taste” might have had the same amount of ingredients, if not more. I thought the dish was fine, but nothing I would order again.
Our overall experience was fine, but if we have a sushi craving in the future, we’d likely pick up a roll from Katsura Grill or head over to our home base of Mikado or to Celebration for Seito Sushi. The limited options here were a bit of a deal breaker. If you like the basics, I recommend Tokyo Dining, but I don’t see myself visiting again unless I’m with someone that really wants to dine there.
What are your thoughts on Tokyo Dining? Have you found it to be relatively ho-hum like we did, or have you had something that was a stand-out there?