Tokyo Gardens definitely had that old school sushi place feel. It was dark and had traditional decor. Izumi has a lighter ambience and more contemporary decor.
The menu went through a major overhaul. Many standard offerings like tempura & cali rolls had a different recipe. Their beef sukiyaki & chicken teriyaki are also quite different tasting which is usually what I order for lunch. I'll have to blog about their lunch combos on another post one day.
Besides the typical sushi rolls, Izumi has a number of fusion type rolls that are quite adventurous & intriguing. Their menu is bigger and more diverse than the standard sushi menu of their predecessor.
Jess & I went here for dinner on a Friday right after work. The restaurant was not that busy and since I'm a regular, we got really good service.
We started our meal with a tempura appetizer. When it came, I was seriously disappointed. I could tell that the way this tempura was cooked, was not as good as before. It had a thick almost fish & chips type batter that heavier and denser than the light tempura batter that I'm used to.
It also appeared to have been rolled in panko bread crumbs. This looked like an attempt to crisp it up but it was a fail on the texture. They should definitely re-visit their tempura recipe.
The pieces of raw fish was beautifully sliced and was quite fresh and clean tasting. Their plating is very beautiful and although their tempura was sub par, I found their sashimi quite excellent.
|Spicy Tuna Roll|
Well, this was what we were expecting when he ordered and when the rolls came, we were quite surprised and very overwhelmed by their size. The price point was actually very good considering the sizes of the rolls.
|Chopped Scallop Roll|
|Nigiri Sushi (Unagi, Smoked Salmon, Red Tuna, Tuna)|
|Crazy Buster Roll|
All in all I was quite impressed with the quality of sushi and the variety of choices, some of which were very intriguing flavour pairings. We over ordered since we were not aware of how large their rolls are and ended up taking half of our food home with us.
I will definitely be back at Izumi for dinner but we will make sure we bring some friends with us to help us eat their gigantic rolls!