Tokyo Joe SM City Cebu
Japanese food is not really uncommon here in Cebu, with all the Japanese influence just around every corner (maybe as influential as the Korean , KPOP anyone). Many love Japanese food (including me) though there are already many Japanese restaurants here, you can’t really deny that dining into one of these restos most likely will give you a satisfying food treat.
One of these commercialized Japanese Restaurants is the Tokyo Joes, though it is a Japanese restaurant, it is not an authentic one just by looking at the ambiance when you go in. It is more like a fast food chain decorated with Japanese theme type setting. Anyways, it is located in a mall and I am more interested in their food.
First we tried their bento, which is very common in a Japanese restaurant, it contains Beef, shrimp, veggies, sushi and rice, it was good but not that extraordinary (Maybe I’ve tried too many bentos), but it was still a decent dish.
Next is their Ramen, as I have mentioned before in my previous post, when you eat in a Japanese restaurant always try their Ramen. As expected the ramen is good and cooked in a way a Japanese resto do. So it gives justice to the Japanese Ramen dish 🙂
Then their California Maki or commonly known as California Roll a more western type of sushi 🙂
The California roll (?????????? Kariforunia roru?) is a maki-zushi a kind of sushi roll, usually made inside-out, containing cucumber, crab meat or imitation crab, and avocado. In some countries it is made with mango or banana instead of avocado. Sometimes crab salad is substituted for the crab stick, and often the outer layer of rice (in an inside-out roll) is sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, tobiko or masago. Source: Wiki
The presentation is good and the taste is just ok, though I saw some inconsistencies in the rolling part where the rice does not properly hold the sushi in place especially when I took a bite, maybe its an isolated case, nevertheless it was still a good sushi dish.
Overall it is a good and quick Japanese dining experience, it is more like a fastfood type than an authentic Japanese restaurant like Wakamatsu Yakiniku Cebu. Mostly found in malls so it is a good alternative to an authentic or traditional Japanese resto if you just crave for anything Japanese food for a moment and you are in a mall or located near to it.