As Knoxville’s oldest full-menu Japanese restaurant, Tomo uses only high-quality, fresh (not frozen) fish they overnight from the West Coast and combine with first-grade sushi rice. Midnight Sushi is available on Friday and Saturday. And for those interested in furthering their sake education, Tomo has a sake sampler—six varieties on a tasting tray, explained by the server as you sip.

As seen in The Metro Pulse Restaurant Guide

Owner Alex Jinpipat isn’t claiming that his sushi menu is much different from any other Japanese restaurant in Knoxville. “Simple or elaborate, our sushi looks standard, like the others,” he admits. “But when you eat it, you can taste the quality.”

Tomo uses only high-quality, fresh (not frozen) fish they overnight from the West Coast and first-grade short-grain sushi rice. “The long-grain rice most restaurants use is cheaper, but it’s not as authentic, not as tasty.”

The entire Tomo menu has the same fresh and authentic emphasis, from two dozen varieties of tempura to rice bowls to Teriyaki. There are Midnight Sushi specials on Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m., and lunch specials are a daily occurrence before 3 p.m., including sushi combos, “quick lunches,” and Bento boxes, traditional compartmentalized trays that hold soup, salad, sushi roll, steamed rice and an appetizer.

Another Japanese tradition that gets free rein at Tomo: sake. Srivatana has developed a highly selective list that includes tasting notes and unusual varieties like sparkling sake. For those interested in furthering their sake education, Tomo has a sake sampler—six varieties on a tasting tray, explained by the server as you sip. Flavored sakes are another specialty of the house, like the raspberry made seasonally, or manager Lucas Boring’s Pumpkin Pie Sake. “It’s the only one in Knoxville, and maybe the world!” quips Srivatana. The wine list, too, has been carefully chosen for its appeal to a customer tasting panel—and its Wine Spectator score. For the teetotaler, Srivatana has two more tasty beverages on hand: homemade raspberry iced tea and a green tea latte served on the rocks. “That’s my own concoction, mixed with milk—and maybe a secret ingredient,” he says.

So authentic is Tomo that among its melting pot of East Tennessee and immigrant diners is a following of Japanese diners seeking homestyle cooking. Says Srivatana: “That makes me very happy.”


Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes

Hours

Day Opens Closes
Sunday 5 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Monday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Tuesday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Wednesday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Thursday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m. 3 a.m.
Saturday 5 p.m. 3 a.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 5 p.m.
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9:30 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.
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2 p.m.
Monday 5 p.m.
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10 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
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2 p.m.
Tuesday 5 p.m.
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10 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
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2 p.m.
Wednesday 5 p.m.
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10 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
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2 p.m.
Thursday 5 p.m.
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10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
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2 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m.
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3 a.m.
Saturday 5 p.m.
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3 a.m.

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Comments » 1

historyfanatic writes:

My wife and I really look forward to the sushi and I enjoy the yaki sorba. Service is always great.

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