Tomo Japanese Restaurant
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Tomo Japanese Restaurant Restaurant Review: Chef Tomohiro Naito, an alumnus of Nobu, owns this establishment, located at The Ritz-Carlton Residences in Buckhead. While the sushi selections are ably presented and pristine, we look to his unique flair with simple dishes. “I don’t like cooked lobster,” he says while discussing his approach to lobster, which appears on the menu as a carpaccio. Live scallop sashimi also ranks among his singular dishes. The goofy rolls that one sees at so many sushi places have no roll to play here, as presentations are classic and simple. A sushi-sashimi platter reveals glistening slices of the freshest material. Sit at the sushi bar or at a smaller four-seat segment where chef Tomo himself prepares the orders. Main dishes include lamb chops, also appearing as an appetizer, served medium and dusted with “sanshow” powder, giving them a very slight zing. An artist, Tomo’s wife, Kimiko Nishimura, prepares the desserts, like paintings on a plate. Green tea mil crêpes with chocolate sauce or the mango sunny, mango jelly arranged to look like a sunny side up egg with bacon, are the winners. A good range of cold sakés comes in sizes appropriate for the solo diner, while others are in larger bottles. Japanese whiskey, beers and shochu drinks are also offered. The wine list remains a real disappointment, not at all supportive of this restaurant.