What happens when you put the Japanese into Korean
Now we all know that the best place to go for an authentic Korean food experience is Strathfield but there is always the question of... which one? Amongst the numerous Korean restaurants situated in the heart of Strathfield's town centre, I happened upon Tomoya, a Korean and Japanese restaurant located inside Strathfield Plaza, near the Oporto-fronted entrance.
The restaurant is Korean staffed but offers a variety of traditional Korean and Japanese dishes from bento boxes, udon and yakisoba to stone pot rice and bibimbaps. Whether you prefer Japanese or Korean cuisine, Tomoya has something for everyone, all the while managing to maintain the traditional tastes of both culinary styles. After being initially introduced to this restaurant on a Saturday night dinner with the family, I could not help but return with friends, opting to try more from the menu.
First up, in convention with all Korean restaurants, you can be sure that complimentary side dishes will be served as entree. Here it will be kimchi, seaweed, beanspouts, salad and brocolli with chilli sauce. While there is the option of requesting unlimited refills, you'll find that once you dig into your delicious meal, the side dishes become long forgotten.
My friend's Terriyaki Salmon Bento and side dishes
I would definitely rccommend any of the stone pot rice dishes which combines both Japanese and Korean styles together into a mouthwatering pot of goodness. And amazingly, the pot remains piping hot all throughout your meal. In fact, it was still hot to touch as we left the restaurant. Combine this gustatory adventure with a refreshing sip of the complimentary rice tea and you will be looking forward to returning to this restaurant again.
It's welcoming and relaxed atmosphere provides the perfect ambience for a weekend catch-up lunch with friends or a Saturday night's dinner. Believe me, if anyone is looking for classy Korean or Japanese food, this is the place to go.