I'm a huge supporter of independant sushi joints, but I won't stand for sushi that tastes like it's several days old. I could have picked up a pack of spicy tuna rolls from Ralphs and been much happier. I tried a deep-fried roll, which in most cases would be delicious. The tempura was thick and hard, and it was difficult to get a good crunch. I think everyone agrees that tempura's key appeal is the crunch.
Sorry, Tomo. Freshen up your fish and tempura and maybe I'll give you another go.
Best Sushi in Burbank (and beyond!).
Just had dinner at my favorite sushi bar in LA, Tomo Sushi. Located in the Burbank Village, it is a great little hole-in-the-wall.
Tomo is run by Tommy, a true master chef. The thing that makes Tomo unique (Tomo is "friend" in Japanese), is that Tommy servers fresh food, but goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. For example, tonight there was a table with several kids, so he gave each of them a box of Pocky (Japanese cookies).
My wife loves fish soup, so he made a special miso fish soup for her. It was delicious.
The sushi is why we were there. He was sharing with us the ways to tell fresh fish and what makes it tasty, so we had an education as well as a palate pleasing dinner.
As to the food itself, the fish is very fresh and he is generous with the slice size. They make their own sauces, so they have a distinctly Japanese taste. This is a place for sushi and sashimi.
Some people are surprised that Tommy is Chinese, but he studied the art of sushi in Tokyo for five years!
Tonight I tried the Japanese Mackerel for the first time. What an incredible experience. It exploded with flavor!
In summary, if you are into rolls where you get more rice than fish, drowned in sauce, then Tomo isn't for you. If you are interested in authentic flavors of fine fish, then go!