Two Japanese friends have recommended Tomi Sushi, saying that it’s not the best sushi but it’s affordable and good quality at the mid-range price. There are 4 outlets: Millenia Walk, Cuppage Terrace, Katong V, and Velocity@Novena Square.
Tomi Sushi originated from Niigata prefecture in 1954, and there are 14 outlets in Japan now. Niigata is known for their Koshihikari rice, which is generally acknowledged as the best variety in Japan. At Tomi Sushi, they use Koshihikari rice, salt from the Sea of Japan, traditionally brewed soy sauce for sushi, and a separate, lighter, less salty soy sauce for sashimi.
You may order a la carte, and there are also set menus. For lunch, it starts from $17++, and dinner from $35++. Mr Fitness was healing from a surgery, so we ordered the two most expensive sets as a treat for him.
The most expensive set, Osusume lunch ($45++), comes with tempura, salad, miso soup, chawanmushi, fruits, 6 pieces of nigiri sushi, and 6 pieces of tuna hosomaki. It sounds expensive, that’s because 1 piece of sushi is otoro, and another piece chutoro. Mr Fitness said the otoro and chutoro are very shiok.
The other set, sushi bento ($38++), I thought, gives better value. It’s almost the same with the more expensive set, but has more variety. The sushi in this cheaper set has less premium ingredients, no chutoro or otoro, but it has additional sashimi and a small portion of cooked saba fish.
The tempura is oily, but hot and crispy. Chawanmushi is the golden standard, steamed with mirin and dashi, full of umami. But the sushi is a little disappointing. The rice is nondescript, and poorly done. The fish comes across as dry, like they have been stored badly; the fish should have been moist and soft.
Tomi Sushi doesn’t quite scratch my itch for excellent sushi. For that price, I think I’d rather go to Aoki. But it is much better than conveyor belt sushi, and the portions are very filling and hence satisfying. And nobody ever murdered someone on a full stomach.
We paid $98 for two persons.
Tomi Sushi Singapore
238 Thomson Road, Velocity@Novena Square #02-76/77, Singapore 307683
T: +65 6255 2355
Overall rating: 3.281/5
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.