The origins of izakaya are the traditional pubs in old buildings frequented by Japanese salarymen who would, after a long hard day at work, unwind over large amounts of sake, wines and spirits together with snacks and still go home for dinner. Small plate dishes which include robatayaki, yakitori, sushi, ramen, soba chazuke and karaage are meant to be paired with sakes, shochus, beers, wines and spirits and to be shared around.
Tomo Izakaya Hot
3A River Valley Road
#01-04 Clarke Quay
2) Tomo Izakaya @ Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-09 Esplanade Mall
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 2 user(s)
So bad I can't even begin to describe how bad it is.
I don't want to say much except how absolutely bad the food was. The menu is insanely huge and we spent forever just flipping and flipping and flipping because we just didn't know what to order. Just about everything was dubious and had the possibility of going wrong somewhere. We decided after what seemed an eternity on two sides -- a yakitori of grilled mountain mushrooms and a dish of battered pork stuffed with ham and cheese.
Both were horrible, as we expected. The mushrooms were greasy and almost charred and lost nearly all its natural flavours. They were dry and chewy such that we felt like we were nibbling on a dried sponge thrown in a deep fryer. Next, the pork fillets were bland despite the filling of cheese and the accompanying bizarre (or was it tartar?) sauce helped little. The pork was also badly done, dry from over-frying as is typical of so many bad Japanese restaurants.
Never coming back.
Delicious and Nice Looking Food!
Tomo Izakaya at CQ is usually packed during dinner times.
It however has very nice ambience and during the weekends, they do have live bands to play there.
The indoor seating has the traditional Japanese style of Tatami Seating which is a very different experience.
The alfresco seating may get a bit hot if the weather isn't in it's best of moods.
The CQ branch is a bit harder to order, or get service as the staff always seem to be busy with something, so don't have too high expectations for service.
The food is a good 30-40 mins wait if it gets really busy, but in all honesty, it is worth the wait.
The food hasn't disappointed me.
At Esplanade, it really have to depend on the show timings.
An hour before the shows, the outlet can be packed, but it'd die off.
If you want a relaxing chit chat session, you can take the alfresco with a beautiful view of the river outside esplanade.
Wait there is slightly shorter since the crowd isn't crazy.
With both outlets, I'd not take my chance and prefer to make a reservation over taking my chances that there may be a seat.