Have only ordered take out so wouldn't know about the service or ambiance although it does seem small.
Have had their tomoya roll, burnaby roll and flying dragon roll. All very tasty, however for the price, smaller then expected. Wasn't expecting massive rolls, however, when paying anywhere from $7-9/roll, expected them to be a bit larger then the average cali roll.
I went to this restaurant on a wednesday night and I was quite satisfied with it. I liked the "Hawaii" because of its creativeness and its tastiness. It was crispy on the inside, which made it taste very good. I also liked the prawn tempura, which was also very crispy and fresh. There were things to dislike however. I didn't like the rice as it stuck together and made it very wet. Also, the service was not the best. The ambiance was average for a japanese restaurant, but I did not like the ledge that stuck out from the tables.
I just came back from overseas and am only here in Van for a month. Last week I went to TOMOYA 2 nites in a row..making it a total of 3 visits this time back. I'd been missing their specialty rolls so much in Asia, and believe me VAN has the best sushi and fresh sashimi....Stephanie the owner was super nice; she recognized me and my twin sister and our other frnd so treated us to a fried banana dessert plate. Soo yummy (I only had it at teppanyaki restaurants before so its awesome they have it on their menu).
BLACKSUN roll is a must! its' not relaly a roll but diced up sashimi bits underneathe a bed of black caviar looking things with a tiny raw egg on top. TO DIE FOR! even my dad loved it when i brought him and he is a picky eater*
Their spicey shellfish appy was surprisingly very good too, and def worth the price.
This place is just awesome, I think i will go again before i leave town...u get free miso soup, big ass rolls, awesome flavor...i def recommend it.
I came here expecting to see Nagasaki Express, and, to my great disappointment, found it replaced by Tomoya. We decided to try it.
My friend ordered some maki and nigiri, I ordered a Black Sun appetizer and a Tomoya roll.
As we waited for our food, I noticed that the music was very loud and I had to almost yell to be heard. The arrangement of tables and chairs was also very unusual; how the waitresses navigate it amazes me. The lighting was quite dim and I felt like in a lounge. Strangely there were a lot of families eating, with their kids, literally, diving through the floor. Parents, please take note, that's not cute at all.
The rolls and nigiri came out in about 10 minutes, but my appetizer took almost 25 minutes. That's not normal! My friend's dynamite roll was good, her california roll was salty enough, no need to dip in soy sauce -- both rolls pretty big. I didn't get to try her nigiri, but her ebi looked delicious. The Tomoya roll was alright, very flavourful, maybe too "dirty" or complicated; the sweetness of scallop was totally overwhelmed by the strong sauces. Black Sun was delicious though! It came in a large platter and beautifully presented: it's some sort of timbale with tuna and chopped scallops at the bottom, some tempura cracklings in the middle, topped with black tobiko and a quail egg. The sauce was arranged around the timbale, in shapes of beams, like a sun. It was complemented by heart-shaped wasabi. My friend who's not proficient with chopsticks had difficulty eating it however. It was good to end dinner this way. Mmmmm!
I've been to this place three times. Each time the service was really so-so, but the sushi was good each time. The cooked food is not so good. Bad teryaki chicken-- really bad. The fusion rolls are fun and tasty. It's a bit uncomfortable to sit, though. If they were faster with the sake, I may not have noticed it so much. ;D Maybe if I lived in the area I'd do takeout and give a better rating. Give it a try!
My gf and I always go to this restaurant on the weekends. One of the best sushi place we've ever eaten at.
The restaurant is very small, probably around 8 tables? It's small but it gives you a warm, cozy feeling when you're there. Probably a small family operated restaurant. The waitresses are really helpful, polite and some of them are cute as well. I hope my gf don't ever find out it's me on this account. :)
The sushi is probably the best I've ever tasted. They also have a lot of "chef's special" which you can order. The "Burnaby" and "Flying Dragon" are delicous!!!
It's quiet, well decorated and some homely. Recommended!!!
Being an avid customer of Sushi Garden, I thought I'd try out Tomoya since I recently moved to Burnaby and it is close to my new place. The night before, my sister and her bf ordered take out from them and had some decent food and gave a positive review. I decided to try it out today and I have to say I am sticking to Sushi Garden. Tomoya while having creative rolls, although a bit pricy, provided horrible service! It took me at least an hour to get out of that place! And there was nobody there!! They were more focused on their take-out customers than their in-restaurant customers. The food is not even comparable to Sushi Garden quality. I admit, the special roll i ordered was somewhat impressive but not good enough to justify the horrible quality of the other food and service I got there. I will not be going there again! It was a waste of my time.
This LITTLE sushi restaurant was decent; as the portion sizes were priced reasonably. The sushi wasn't boring; we had the "Burnaby," "Flying Dragon," "Phoenix," and sashimi. The restaurant is very tiny, approximately 25 people can be accomodated, and it gets very hot (so you should eat your sashimi fast)... and the decor was tacky.
Service was very good; the servers were sharp and attentive.