There are some mixed reviews of Tomoe online, so I want to add my two cents. First, let’s talk logistics. You have to be there between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm if you don’t want to wait in line. This fact should tell you something.
Tomoe is not fancy. There are hand-drawn pictures of the menu specials on the wall that have obviously been around for a long time. I think they are charming, but some might be looking for a different atmosphere. The decor is not posh, but the people are friendly.
Now for the food. The fish is high quality and quantity. The huge pieces are a bit strange, but they are so fresh and buttery that you can easily bite or even chopstick-cut it into edible sizes. We always order the Sushi-Sashimi Combo, which includes enormous hunks of sashimi – salmon (2), yellowtail (2), tuna, fatty tuna, octopus, surf clam, squid (2 servings), and tamago; equally substantial pieces of sushi – salmon, sea bass (maybe?), scallop, sweet shrimp, and ikura; three strangely cut, but absolutely delicious sections of spicy tuna roll; and the curious “meatwad” of tuna – finely chopped tuna rolled into a ball. All of this for $40! Also, you can order 16 ounces of Otokoyama, a solid dry sake, for $36. Add a seaweed salad, and you’ve got a dinner for two for around $100. Our first visit, we tried to order two of the Combos and felt sacrilegious because we couldn’t finish it.
If you are looking for properly-sized bites of sushi and an elegantly-designed space, go somewhere else. If you want a delectable value, Tomoe is for you.