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After noticing the gentle twang of traditional music and the welcome of ‘irasshaimase!’, we’re immediately struck by a feeling of being in Japan. TOMO is a large, long space laid out in separate dining areas, arranged in an arch around the kitchen in the centre. Amid the westerners and locals are several tables of Japanese diners – a promising sign of authenticity. The menu is comprehensive with every note we could wish a Japanese venue to strike: single meal ‘don’ bowls, sushi and sashimi, yakitori, cold and hot noodles, tempura and so much more. In our excitement we’d overestimated our love of fish, liver and oddities: once combined, we wouldn’t recommend it to the western palate. The shimesaba kikka (cured mackerel with vinegar and chrysanthemum flower), however, is an elegant dish with tender flesh and a pleasantly subtle sourness. The agedashi tofu is equally incredible – the inside of the tofu creamy and sloppy, with a broth-soaked, drippy and amazingly gooey outer fried layer. We’ll certainly be visiting this restaurant again, and regularly.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.45pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Licensed. Credit cards accepted. Raffles Dubai, Wafi , Oud Metha (04 357 7888).
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