Tomodachi Sushi Bistro

Address: 24123 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward, CA 94545
Phone: (510) 940-3800
Lunch Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11:30am – 2:30 pm;
Dinner Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Fri.-Sat. 5:00pm – 10:00 pm

I don’t know why all the reviews (linked below) rate this place so high.  I give it 2 1/2 out of 5 stars overall.

So Joyce and I were suppose to go out to eat for Valentine’s day (Thanks Jen and Aaron for babysitting!).

We decided to go eat Japanese and try out Tomodachi.  The restaurant was somewhat filled when we got there for dinner during the opening hour and strangely stayed that way throughout our stay there.  You know a good ethnic restaurant when the majority of people that eat there are of that ethnicity.  This was not the case for Tomodachi.  There were people of different ethnicity there, but no Japanese patrons.  The wait staff spoke Mandarin and Cantonese.  There were two Japanese-looking chefs and one Mexican one.  The take-out menu gives it away because there is English and Chinese characters on it.  So I guess this is a Chinese/Japanese fusion place?  There is also a wide selection of food…and sometimes that works (or doesn’t work) well for restaurants.

We ordered Sukiyaki (it was cold outside, so hot soup is usually good), a Lion King roll, and a Rock N’ Roll Combo (California, Rock N’ Roll, and New York Rolls).  The Sukiyaki was mediocre as it was a bit salty and didn’t have a egg for you to crack into the hot broth.  The Lion King roll was passable (go to Sushi House for this roll).  The Rock N’ Roll Combo got us though.  All three rolls had avocado, but what was this?  Imitation crab?  Not to mention big chunks of imitation crab.  Some restaurants at least shred the imitation crab to mask that it’s imitation.  Overall the food was mediocre.

For service, the food came out pretty quick.  I mean it should come out pretty fast when it’s imitation crab =p  The wait staff somehow forgot that the Rock N’ Roll Combo came with Miso Soup.  They also took awhile to deal with the bill.  One bright spot is that the ice water came with lemon slices and we had some edamame in the beginning.

If you want Japanese, I would recommend going to Sushi House in Alameda or Ray’s Sushi (close to Tomodachi’s….although I heard that’s going downhill too).  Maybe we should try the ones on Foothill or A Street.  Anyone have any recommendations besides the three mentioned in this review?

Children’s Menu [y]
Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [y]
Stroller Access [maximal]

Other reviews of Tomodachi:
Yahoo! Local
Judy’s Book

Image source:

– Norm


3 thoughts on “Tomodachi Sushi Bistro

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  3. Hello, thanks for the linky love! I ate here a couple of times when we first moved to the area and wondered why it was so mobbed, especially when the quality was so meh… I’m an admitted picky eater when it comes to sushi and found Ray’s Sushi and even the Sushi House in Alameda to all have the same problem. The only other east bay places I like are Yoshi’s Jack London and Kirala in Berkeley. Haven’t tried the new Ozumo, but plan to.

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