Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant has long been a popular stop for my family and I since probably about 2005 when we moved out to the Brandon area. Although I have since moved out to the University area, I still visit Tokai Sushi pretty regularly with my Mom and family members. It took me a long time to fully love Tokai Sushi.
What Tokai Sushi excels in is fresh fish. It is not always apparent in their standard rolls how fresh the fish is, but when you order a Rainbow Roll or some other roll with plenty of fish there is a huge difference between the fish at Tokai and what you find around Tampa Bay. Tokai has superior fish period. The salmon, my favorite fish, literally melts in your mouth. The only other place in Tampa where that seems to happen is Samurai Blue in Ybor City.
Tokai Sushi is not flashy, but instead quite traditional. It seems to be family run and I have seen the same waitresses and staff on practically every visit for the last 8 years I have frequented Tokai. The restaurant is old-fashioned and I absolutely love that they give you the hot steam towels to cleanse your hands when you visit, many restaurants in Tampa don’t do this anymore. There are tons of choices when it comes to sushi, but we tend to stick to the Sashimi Appetizer and go from there.
My Mom is a huge fan of Tokai Sushi’s Mexican Roll, I like the Florida Roll which is their crab special made into a roll. As I said before though, the true flavor lies in their fish quality. Order a nigiri or fresh fish roll and you will be absolutely impressed with their fish. The prices are pretty standard for a sushi restaurant, not expensive nor cheap. The bill for my Mom and myself normally averages between $30-$50.
The miso soup, osumashi soup, and house ginger salad are what you expect from a Japanese menu. They have tonkatsu for lunch and normally can make it for dinner on request. The staff is friendly older ladies that never forget a customer and are pleasant on each of our visits.
The restaurant is pretty dim inside so I apologize if I am not doing the food justice with my photos. Despite numerous attempts on different visits to get a high quality shot, I have not been able to get a great photo with either my iPhone 5 or point-and-shoot. They also play Japanese music in the background which is a nice touch and something that Tokyo Sushi on Fowler Ave. also does.
Try the sashimi at Tokai Sushi if you make it out to State Road 60 near the Brandon Mall or Green Island Frozen Yogurt/M.D. Oriental Market. You won’t regret it.
Restaurant Name: Tokai Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi bar
Address: 10115 Adamo Dr E. Tampa, FL 33619
Phone Number: (813) 621-3332