Delicious and cheap teriyaki in U-District.
Tokyo Garden is a good place for cheap teriyaki in the U-District, although after the renovations that they undertook this past winter, they've lost some of their ambiance. Before the renovations, the place was shabby and ramshackle but it had a certain charm. Now, it just looks sad - you can see that they've made an effort to make the restaurant look nicer, but the new decor only emphasizes the shabbiness.
Before they closed for renovations, we would often stop there for a quick and filling dinner if we happened to be in the U-District or on our way back from Snoqualmie Pass after a day of hiking. We never tried the sushi - I would be hesitant to order sushi in a place like this - but the teriyaki menu never disappointed. Chicken, beef, and shrimp teriyaki and the various kinds of yakisoba were invariably tasty.
Last month we stopped by for the first time after they opened again. My husband had the chicken yakisoba and said that it was good - even better than he remembers it tasting before the renovations. I, however, did not get a chance to sample the food. I ordered tofu teriyaki (a new dish on their menu, which I was excited to try) and was told that they couldn't make it. I then requested tofu yakisoba, and was told that it was not available either - it turned out they'd run out of tofu. I understand that it was Monday night, not the most popular night with restaurant-goers, but it was early, before the start of the dinner rush. I would have understood if I had come in at 8 or 9 pm, but not at 6 pm. If they had already run out of tofu at that point, that meant that they didn't care much about restocking their pantry shelves on time.
The woman behind the register proceeded to recommend other items from the menu - "How about chicken teriyaki?" - then, upon learning that I was a vegetarian, said, "How about just rice and vegetables?" I wasn't interested, so she refunded us the money that we had already paid for my dish before learning that it was not available, and I ended up getting a delicious tofu bahn mi at a Vietnamese place a few doors down.
I am willing to give them another chance, so we will probably be back, and I suspect that everything will be fine. However, I definitely won't be giving them a third chance if they are out of a major ingredient again.
simply the best.
simply the best teriyaki and sush...
-still same price compare to other teriyaki and sush rest.
-food quality is very good with this price.
-very fast..almost no waiting..
-teriyaki sauce mmmm...just good try it..said takes more than 6hrs to prepare and put lots of fruits...
-sushi very good with lowes price in town...
it's just that good...
Hair in food. Digusting.. There was hair in the california rolls and in the main dish. Not just in mine but also in my friend's. They said they checked the food before it went out but obviously they didn't. The hair strands were very noticeable and there was more than one. How could they not notice it? It was disgusting. I do not recommend this place at all. It is very unsanitary.
Best Cheap Eats In Town. This amazing little teriyaki place has been feeding legions of students and frugal diners who know a good deal when they see one for years. Some of their dishes such as the udon and yakisoba are on par with that served at full service Japanese restaurants. You can't go wrong with their boneless chicken teriyaki. If you are a health nut, you can get it with double salad and no rice and no sauce. Don't forget to ask for the Kim Chee. If the owner is running the register and recognizes you, the kim chee is free, otherwise it is only a dollar.
one of my favorite cheap eats!. This is one teriyaki restaurant that tops my list--although not specifically for the teriyaki. Don't be misled. Although the name of the restaurant is "Tokyo Garden", this teriykai joint is owned by Koreans--much like most of the teriyaki restaurants around Seattle. Therefore, I find that they serve my favorite Bi Bim Bop (at a great price) in the city. It may not be the most authentic version, nor will I argue that it's made of the most quality ingredients, but it sure hits the spot! I've gone through countless bowls of this stuff--they even serve a side bowl of miso. I prefer to add the miso to the dish (for those of you looking for a new twist on an old favorite). All in all, it was a meal that got me through years of college, and is still feeding a hungry stomach almost weekly.
Good and Cheap. This has actually become one of my favorite places on the Ave because of that. I get the full order of Teryaki (with double rice-- the salad is a little shady) and it is a large plate FULL of food for around $5. If you are a light eater, it could easily make 2 meals. The food is very good and the service is typically pretty quick. The atmosphere leaves something to be desired. Although the entryway Sushi window is cool, the rest of the restaurant is extremly generic, with random bargain-bin posters and KISS106 playing in the background. But if you are just looking for good, cheap, filling food this is one of the best values I've been able to find.
Must Try Tuna Bowl!!. One would think with new tables, the staff/owners are going to get all pretencious... No way! The food is great - a real bargin for the amount of food - can definately split most meals. They actually now offer half-size teriyaki chiken - thank goodness! I like the salad, but most of my friends have issues with cabbage. The dressing is not the vinegar stuff. If you are felling adventurous, you have to try the tuna bowl - it is like a giant tuna roll (spicy if you add rooster sauce) - the two boys I go with love it! I am happy with curry. =) Definately a must try if you are on the Ave.