I was a faithful customer of Chosan and approached its replacement, Tomoe, with some expectations of disappointment. BUT the first bowl of udon clinched it for me. This was followed soon after by a take out order of bentos and a few weeks later dinner at the sushi counter. All very good and indicative of a traditional style to be appreciated. Prices are competitive and reflect the ability to order many traditional Japanese dishes not to be seen on the menus of "just waiting for the IPO", multiple location, multiple asian cuisine dining establishments.
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Sep 25 2013
Due to redevelopment on Marylebone Lane, Tomoe has moved to Putney, taking over the site from the venerable chef of Chosan (who has now retired). Tomoe’s sushi chef/proprietor and much of his team may be the same, but the decor and clientele here are markedly different. Instead of salarymen enjoying a lively after-work drink, the big-windowed and minimally adorned dining room is populated by couples quietly chatting as they tuck in.
The menu is also pared down, though happily of the same quality as before, spanning raw, grilled, deep-fried and simmered dishes. You’re sure to find something you like. Scallop sashimi, served in the shell and garnished with a little wakame, was sweet-fleshed and sparklingly fresh. Salt and yuzu grilled chicken had been perfectly cooked, with crisp skin and tender meat – the hint of citrus from the yuzu adding a satisfying tang. A spider roll filled with deep-fried soft-shell crab, avocado and a scattering of tobiko (flying fish roe) was also well executed.
Putney may have lost one well-loved Japanese resident, but it has gained another with a laid-back atmosphere and extremely friendly staff.
Tomoe 292 Upper Richmond Road
- Venue phone:
020 3730 7884
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- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Fri. Meals served 1-9pm Sat, Sun
Tube: East Putney tube or Putney rail
Dishes £1.90-£20. Set lunch £9.90-£22.50
- 292 Upper Richmond Road
- 020 3730 7884
- 292 Upper Richmond Road
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After hearing great things about Tomoe from back when they were located in Marylebone, I found myself greatly disappointed. It seems their reputation has dropped considerably since their move, which makes me think they were only so popular due to their previous location. The food was very mediocre yet expensive. Service was ...well, to word it - meh. I don't think I'll bother again.
I'm glad tomoe has open in Putney i'de really enjoy the food was quite well cooked with amazing sauce