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Update: we regret to inform you that Tomo’E is now closed. We’ve kept this page up for fans of the restaurant.
Locals have probably noticed that there are no shortage of sushi restaurants in Winston-Salem. Because I’m a huge sushi fan, that’s a good thing. I’ve tried them all (Ishi, Mizu, Oriental Cafe, Downtown Thai, etc.). My favorite at the moment I wrote this (May 2013), however, was the little-known and somewhat hard-to-find Tomo’E sushi on Peters Creek Parkway, just off of the 40 business exit heading into downtown. Sadly, it must’ve been too hard to find because it closed at the end of the summer of 2013.
Tomo’E Japanese Steakhouse
Don’t be fooled by the name, the best thing on the menu in my opinion is the sushi (although I’ve heard great things about the Hibachi too!).
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
- Website: TomoeSteakhouse.com
- Phone: (336) 725-0886, Fax: (336) 725-0880
- Address: 984 Peters Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC, 27103
- Lunch: 11am-3pm
- Dinner: 4:30pm – 10pm
- Lunch: 11am-3pm
- Dinner: 3pm – 10:30pm
- 12pm – 10:30pm
- 12pm – 10pm
Tomo’E Sushi and Hibachi
One of the first things you’ll notice as you roll up to the restaurant, is that Tomo’E is not in the most attractive or quaint part of town. However, once you open the doors, you’ll be greeted by a sushi bar complete with samurai sword, and a clean and nicely decorated dining area surrounded by Japanese lanterns. In the back, is a second large dining area where Tomo’E offers Hibachi (grilled to order food on a hot grill in front of you).
While it may take a while to get your food (set aside a good one and a half to two hours for lunch, especially if there are more than four people in your party or call ahead to place your order), the service is friendly, and you can munch on appetizers while you wait for the sushi chef to bring out your artistic plate of delicious sushi. It takes time to custom make each fresh roll to order.
Tomo’E is also one of the most affordable sushi restaurants in town. They have been running a buy one get one special on their special rolls during the lunch hour for as long as I can remember. These premium roles are already attractively priced, which means you are getting one heck of a deal. Honestly, at times we wonder how they stay in business by continuing to offer this deal. They’re obviously looking for more traffic and trial, so we’re hoping this article will entice at least a couple of you to give Tomo’E a try. I’m convinced you won’t regret it.
They also offer tasty Mochi ice cream balls for dessert, which are a must have if you’ve never had them (hint: they’re also available at Trader Joe’s, although the one’s prepared at Tomo’E’s are larger and paired with a nice sauce, whipped cream, and fruit).
Once you’ve tried Tomo’E sushi (or their hibachi), please leave a comment below and share your experience. I’m curious to hear how you feel Tomo’E compares to the other sushi restaurants in town.
Here’s what’s on the Tomo’E menu (click on each page to see the full graphic):