Tokushima reminds me of the style of “neighbourhood Japanese” restaurant I have enjoyed on travel. Not over stated, plenty of the standards that you expect to see on a Japanese menu.
This is not high end Japanese rather a good solid “place for casual dining” style Japanese.
If you are looking for high end may I strongly recommend Wabi Sabi just a few doors down.
Tokushima is more a relaxed style, perhaps even “home cooking”? That said prices are set a bit too high for that home cooking feel. $20 for a run of the mill chicken teriyaki is starting to get expensive. I notice that some of the reviews are complaining that the prices are high and I do have to agree.
That said let’s talk about the food.
So tonight we had a nice selection of meals…
I opted for 2 entrees: Yakitori and Nasu Dengaku (fried eggplant with miso sauce).
The chicken yakitori was exactly as stated. Nothing really unusual, well cooked however I would have added a little more teriyaki sauce.
When it comes to fried eggplant I was pretty disappointed. The serving wasn’t very generous. My Sydney local Japanese serves nice big eggplant chunks along with sauce and tofu so I was underwhelmed with the serving I got here.
The eggplant was tasty and the miso sauce was well balanced, how about a bit more of it please!
My dinner companion opted for the teriyaki beef and tempura.
The beef was a fairly generous serve ($21) and it certainly looked to be enjoyed. I thought the tempura could have had some more vegetables but this seems to be a common theme here.
Perhaps it’s the location or the higher rents of Smith St however I just am left with the feeling that while the food is of a good standard it’s overpriced for what it is…
Compared to other options including Pabu & Wabi Sabi, Tokushima might need to up it’s game if it’s going to compete in this Smith St Collingwood location.