Tokio Fans is possibly my dad’s favourite restaurant evaaarhhh. I’d say that this place is pretty much a monopoly in Bella Vista, just because I don’t think that there are (m)any other Japanese restaurants in Norwest, or at least in Norwest Business Park, anyway.
I’ve actually been here for lunch & dinner but I never blogged about the first time so here we go! First off, apologies for the dodgy photos T_T my phone camera is pretty crap ..especially at night (SE k800i ftw!)
Lunch @ Tokio Fans (03/04/09)
I remember I was in a pretty crappy mood this day (angry at my poor, loving father), but the food was so good I was cheered up instantly! :) Another thing I also remember is the really pretty decor at Tokio Fans!!
They have these traditional Japanese lights and for a waterfront restaurant, everything’s nice and dry and there are nooo bugs anywhere!! (You also get an awesome view of Norwest Lake ..if you’re looking)
Instead of your regular placemats and tablecloths, Tokio Fans gives you a recyclable paper placemat, showing pictures of the different kinds of seafood and their respective Japanese names
‘Cos it was lunch, we both ordered the set ..which comes out dish by dish so seems like you ordered heaaaaps for what you actually paid for (all the sets came with miso soup as well)!
I ordered the Vegetable set with fried tofu steak – $18.50, which comes with the following three things:
tofu covered in a crispy tempura-style batter on a bed of lettuce strips with carrots and peas .. mm tasty !
A helping of Tokio salad
THIS IS THE BEST SALAD EVER ….yeah.
Vegetarian sushi and vegetable tempura
Eggplant and carrot tempura ..sounds weird, right? And veryyy healthy eating battered vegetables, but they were really good!
close up of the vegetable sushi .. carrots, cucumbers, lettuce ..and sprinkled with sesame seeds!
My dad ordered Sashimi and Fried Eel – $22.50, which came with:
two pieces of California sushi (just crabstick, avocado, fish roe), with a dash of pink ginger and wasabi
Two slices of tuna, salmon, fish on a bed of carrot shavings
Unagi don with pink ginger and yellow radish slices!
This was reallyyyy good eel, and it came in those cute don boxes that you see at the likes of Ichiban Boshi! The only thing I don’t like about those boxes is that they LOOK deceptively deep ..so you brace yourself for a hearty fill of rice and eel ..but then the box just ends!
Dinner @ Tokio Fans (18/05/09)
random cat decoration!
random grandma plate o.o
Tokio Salad – $12
Crabsticks, Prawns, Crab Roe, Cucumber, Avocado and tomato tossed with home-made mayonnaise
This is a terrible photo of one of my favourite salads everr!! You can see a slightly better photo under the ‘lunch’ section above, but I ordered a bigger version of this for dinner …I can’t explain how good it is (and for those of you who don’t like mayonnaise !..not to worry, it’s Tokio Fans’ version of very thin, watery mayonnaise ..yeah, i made that sound appealing) ..but if you ever go here, you HAVE to try it!
Salmon Salad – $15.50
Marinated salmon served on a bed of greens tossed with house vinegar sauce
Soft squishy salmon with sesame seeds, carrot strips and mayonnaise ..this salad has NOTHING on the Tokio Salad! And if you’re not a fan of salmon, this dish comes in red tuna as well!
Grilled eel served with steamed rice and miso soup – $19.50
This time the unagi wasn’t as good ..but whatever! You can never go wrong with unagi sauce <3
I was actually dying to try the Summer Queen roll .. $20.50 for a sushi roll BUT it’s shrimp tempura with mango (or “another seasonal fruit” , wrapped in a sweet egg roll layered on mayonnaise and tobiko (flying fish roe)!! ..but they didn’t have any mango (out of season), only strawberry ..soooo next time!!
Tako Octopus – $2.80 a piece
Instead we ordered this! which was prettyyy chewy ..but nice nevertheless.
Complimentary dessert !! ..omg i wish the pic was better -_-
Who needs antacids when you can eat chocolate ! On the left is a (white) chocolate mousse with a ring of sponge cake, and a layer of liquid chocolate on top. I’m not really a fan of mousse, but as mousses go, this was prettyyyy good mousse, and the salty chips on top were nice as well!
Then there was a chocolate mousse pyramid, encasing a soft vanilla sponge and a squishy pavlova-tasting meringue centre beneath a cluster of blueberrys.. and three chocolate nut pockys, all floating on a river of strawberry syrup! let’s ride the crimson waaaaaave (lol, or not!)
And to wash down all the sweetness, two scoops of your typical vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream with little choc bits – reminds me of the choc ice cream in timezone ice cream!!
pretty night lights!
Oh yeah! If anyone’s around Chinatown before the 4th June, pop around to Emperor Garden (the bakery, the Chinese restaurant, or any of their counterparts) for 10% off to celebrate their 30th anniversary! They’re also running a draw for a car of some sort (but I’m not exactly a car buff so I wouldn’t know :\)
Emperor Garden can be found at 100 Hay St, or the corner of the entrance to Chinatown opposite Market City!
Tokio Fans Sushi Bar & Restaurant (visited 03/04/09 & 18/05/09)
Suite G04, Building 8
Century Circuit, Baulkham Hills 2154
Ph: (02) 9899 3866
Fax: (02) 9899 7888