I went back to my parent’s place in the Bay Area a few weekends ago and when they asked me where I wanted to eat, I told them Tomi Seafood Buffet. I still had images of unlimited uni and fresh sashimi from when we visited shortly after the grand opening.

During our first two visits, which you can read about here and here, the lines were really long. Based on reviews on yelp and how popular my previous posts on Tomi have remained, I knew that the lines had not died down much on the weekends even though it’s been a few months  since the restaurant opened.

Of course my parents didn’t believe me. They thought arriving by 5:30 would be early enough. I urged them that we should arrive by 5, or else we’d have to wait an hour. Well we arrived at 5:30, and guess how long our wait was? One hour. It was crazy how busy it was. Even when we left at the end of the night, about half an hour before closing, there was still a line!

Things have gotten crowded inside too. Previously, even though there was a long wait to get in, once we got in, it wasn’t too crowded and we could get all the food we wanted. However, this time, the line to the hot food section was really long. It was so long, that I didn’t bother to go more than once.

To my great disappointment, they didn’t have my uni that night, which is what I was looking forward to most. They did have big clams and monkfish liver though, so I ended up eating a lot of that to make up for it.

I also had quite a few handrolls. I liked that they were freshly made and the seaweed wrapper was still crispy.

I tried to take as many pictures as possible, but I kept forgetting to take pictures of everyone’s food, especially since we’ve been here a few times already.

Here are some of the things we ate:

Seaweed salad, masago sushi, tako (octopus) sushi, vegetable sushi, and noodles.

Lobster. The stir fried lobster was pretty good. However, since the line for the hot food section was so long, we only got the lobster once.

Here are some crawfish and clams

Sharkfin soup, soup dumplings, tempura, stir fried snow pea leaves, and a little sponge cake.

Some salmon sashimi, seaweed salad, and masago sushi.

They have a noodle soup section which has a choice of ramen or udon noodles. They also put in handmade wontons and dumplings. You can watch them wrapping them in the back. This was the first time I got the noodle soup. I wasn’t a fan of the handmade wontons and dumplings. I thought they were way too salty.

Handroll, crispy pork belly, purple yam, seaweed salad.

Papaya and white fungus soup. (They really need to come up with a more appealing name for white fungus).

More handrolls and soup dumplings. I think they’ve improved on their soup dumplings. They used to be a little sweet, but they weren’t on this occassion.

Dessert plate. Green tea and vanilla ice cream. Green grapes, papaya, watermelon and strawberries. I love that they serve papaya here.

Tomi Seafood Buffet
2200 Eastridge Loop
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 239-1000
http://tomiseafoodbuffet.com/

   

2 Responses to “Tomi Seafood Buffet”

  1. Faye — April 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Just makes me frown wondering why we don’t have something like this in SD :(

    Onami just changed their name – i want to say Tora? And moved to another part of the mall – so I wonder if the food is going to be different? Maybe that’ll be a nice place to try out after reading your post.

    How much is the dinner buffet at Tomi?

    • Kirbie replied: — April 6th, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

      I think it was $20 per person but I don’t remember exactly. Yes I heard about Onami changing name. According to yelp reviews, the food is still the same. I’m actually going to go there soon, so if I visit before you, I’ll let you know how it is.

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