Traditional sushi bars and ramen joints may be getting shoved out of the spotlight by izakayas
First published on . Updated on 29 May 2012.
It seems as though traditional sushi bars and ramen joints may be getting shoved out of the spotlight by izakayas – pubs featuring savoury snacks that can be downed with sake or cold beer. Tomo Izakaya, a welcome addition to Clarke Quay’s dining scene, is one of the latest examples. The fresh octopus marinated in wasabi sauce packed a delicious punch on its own, as did the stewed pork belly served with spicy Japanese mustard, but when paired with a sochu cocktail both dishes hit a whole new level of splendour. Those who opt to sit by the riverfront will miss out on the warm amber glow created by hanging lanterns and traditional floor seating (with a convenient cutout for your legs) that can be found inside. Solo diners can sit at the bar and chat with the chefs while they sprinkle bonito flakes over the agedashi tofu, grind ginger to be served with the grilled cuttlefish and slice pieces of fresh fish flown in from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market for the sashimi platters.
I ordered the menu from chef's recommendation. The menu was "Hotaruika sumiso ae".
It must be hotaruika sashimi marinated with sumiso sauce. But they served deep fried one! came with Tonkatsu sauce. When they served it, i asked the staff, but she never listen me and she was keeping laughing n telling me this is sumiso ae. It was really stupid!!!!!!! Its my 1st time to eat deep fried hotaruika by kushi style n come with TONKATSU sauce.LOL
I went to this izakaya@esplanade before. It was good. But @ clark quay is terrible!
Posted on Wed 15 Sep 2010 15:49:46
Sumo said: “Like Pang Sai”
I said like pang sai
Posted on Sat 11 Sep 2010 18:43:59
vincent said: “very poor service at tomo izakaya clark quay”
made reservation and accordingly, our party of 4 arrived, and was sat down.
from hereon, the lack of staff/kitchen coordination and poor service standards were plainly apparent.
1. was asked by 3 different service staff on our orders, even after we have made initial orders and was kept waiting for our food.
2. did not offer us any ocha or water while we were kept waiting for our food and drinks.
3. there were numerous food item orders which even though acknowledged by the service staff when i ordered, but was not served eventually!!!
had to look at the computerised order slips to realise that my orders were not accepted as we were kept waiting for our food without any clue.
Staff from any other lesser restaurant would have at least enquired if our food have all arrived.
staff were supposed to have wonderful memories when they took food orders without any pen /paper to write on, obviously then, their memories failed them since my orders were forgotten.
4. worst was during the whole period of time we were there, between Fri 7pm till 2am sat morning, none of the service staff enquired how we are doing, and if food / service was up to par? For a restaurant which is named to cultivate friendship and bonding, there was certainly no bonding between restaurant and customers in this case.
5. further rude behaviour of waitress was apparent when after trying to get attention for service, waitress raise her hand impatiently in a show of "Wait!" this version of Japanese hospitality and service seems to jar against the norm, whatever happened to a bow and smile?
I could go on and on, as never did i expect such low and horrible service standards from a Japanese restaurant of supposely calibre and pricings.
Definitely not the place to entertain clients or have large outings, as obviously the staff is plainly incompetent.