Are you looking for an affordable sushi place run by a couple Aggies? If so, Tokyo Cafe on Camp Bowie is the place to go. If not, you should stop reading now.
Why do I mention that its run by a couple of Aggies? Because football season is coming up and all of the Aggies in town will probably need a place to congregate if its another tough season. Well, all the yuppie Ags who eat sushi anyways.
Tokyo Cafe is just east of Merrick on Camp Bowie and is a very casual restaurant. If you've driven by, you already know how popular this place is. For those of you that have eaten there, you know how good of a value it is. If you haven't, we're all talking about you on the http://www.peoplewhohavebeentoTokyoCafe.com/ site.
If you've been to Piranha, you know they have a Dr. Fran roll, presumably named after Dennis Franchione. His doctorate was earned after he wrote a thesis on the viability of an all option team. Those of you from TCU will go only ot Piranha so you can bow to the roll of fran. Those from A&M will order the roll so they have something to spit on.
Unfortunately Tokyo Cafe has no Aggie themed rolls. They do have your expected line of traditional rolls along with a big selection of unique rolls. If you're not a sushi eater, Tokyo also has cooked items. I haven't had any of them so you'll have to try them on your own or wait for the comments.
When Mrs. FWHITW I went recently we tried three things. The steamed dumplings, the Tropical Summer Roll and a Rainbow Roll. We started with the dumplings because we heard they were delicious. Now you should go and try them because I'm telling you that they're terrific. The dumpling isn't slimy, and the pork with vegetables was deliciously flavored. For $3.50 they were a great deal and one of the better sushi restaurant appetizers I've had.
The Rainbow Roll was a compromise between the missus and I. She is expanding her sushi repertoire whereas I'm hard core raw so the Rainbow Roll gives me the raw option and her the ability to take off the raw option. This is a sushi restaurant staple and was as good as any I'd eaten before.
The Tropical Summer Roll was our opportunity to try something new. This roll has tuna, coconut shrimp, greens, avocado and some other stuff wrapped in rice paper. It's served with a strawberry type sauce and was a surprise win for us. It was all around good. The flavors of the ingredients were all present and the strawberry sauce was a great complement.
For the two rolls, dumplings, and drinks our total came to less than $30 with tip. Not a bad price for sushi. Plus, its in a great location over on Camp Bowie and it really feels like a place you can call your own. The servers and owners are friendly and seemed to know their regulars.
If you've been before, share the rolls to try. If you haven't been, you're missing out.
Tokyo Cafe is at 5121 Pershing Avenue, next to Fazekes fitness.