May 10, 2011

Tokyo Taro – Al Falaj Hotel

Tokyo Taro is a Japanese restaurant located in Al Falaj Hotel (2470 2311) in Ruwi. If you are coming from Seeb you take the very first right directly after the Darsait bridge and continue on that road until you see Al Falaj Hotel on the right side of the road. Tokyo Taro is the oldest Japanese restaurants in town and probably for that reason a lot of people refer to it as “The Japanese Restaurant” (I think that’s the officially registered name of the place.)

Tokyo Taro is quite a big restaurant with one private room that can take up to eight people, two central tables in the middle that can take up to 18 people, and several tables with a window view of the downtown Ruwi. Tokyo Taro also has eight seats for Teppanyaki – this is where you have a set menu and the chef cooks the food in front of you.

Tokyo Taro is usually not crowded on weekdays, but it can easily get fully booked on weekend nights, especially for teppanyaki, if you are coming on a weekend it might be a good idea to reserve a table in advance.

The menu of Tokyo Taro is quite big with set dinner meals, box set meals, sushi, tempura, soups, and other dishes, too. Tokyo Taro is fully licenses, so you should watch out for dishes that have pork if you do not eat it. Alcohol is also served at Tokyo Taro, but I do not think that it is used in cooking anything except one of the teppanyaki desserts. If you cannot eat raw fish Tokyo Taro can cook the sushi for you before it is served (not that I recommend you do that, but at least you have the option).

For the starter we got one plate of  10 pieces of California Rolls (RO 3.4000) which basically was prawn, cucumber, and mayo maki rolls. I thought that it was nice, even though a bit simpler than what you would usually get in for California Rolls in other places.

For the main course we thought we’ll go for a Take Bento Box (RO 6.500) which had a sashimi mix, vegetable and prawn tempura, chicken teriyaki, grilled fish, omelette, salad, pickes, miso soup, and plain rice. The other options for bento boxes are similar. Having a bento box is a really great idea if you want to try out different things. I really loved everything that came with in my box EXCEPt the omelette, I don’t know, I guess it is just not my cup of tea.

Tokyo Taro offers a few juices, lemon soda, and some alcoholic beverages. I just had a lemon soda, which I thought was OK.

I have never tried any of the desserts at Tokyo Taro except something I had for teppanyaki a while back and I can’t remember how it was.

For this visit in total we ordered 1 plate of sushi, two bento boxes, and two drinks. Our bil came to RO 23.200.

I thought that the service at Tokyo Taro was excellent, the staff is always friendly and cheerful, and the food always comes as ordered.

I really like Tokyo Taro and I cannot recommend it enough for those going out for Japanese food!

  • BigManInOman

    I agree with your review of Tokyo Taro, especially the service, but I think they need to review their menu and make it better to order from as the staff are now mostly Filipina and don’t help too much.nI always order the Edemami straight away, the warm soy beans you eat from the pod!

  • Mohana

    There’s no doubt that Tokyo Taro serves the best Japanese food in town – especially sashimi. Best thing is they always tell you if something is not ‘fresh fresh’. Personal favourites – Take on Boat and Prawn tempuran

  • Kifah

    One of my favorite restaurants in town. I agree with @a8fb4b961953a2d029fdcfa6d1ef98d3:disqus the menu needs to be reviewed. I always order the Edemami, spicy prawn tempura maki roll, the sliced hamour fish starter, spicy tuna maki, California roll, the salmon roll – if available and fresh, and the beef teppanyaki or the special Tokyo Taro teppanyaki ( chicken, fish, and beef). Fried rice is always really good. The dessert I think you might be referring to is the fried ice cream?

  • Kifah

    One of my favorite restaurants in town. I agree with @a8fb4b961953a2d029fdcfa6d1ef98d3:disqus the menu needs to be reviewed. I always order the Edemami, spicy prawn tempura maki roll, the sliced hamour fish starter, spicy tuna maki, California roll, the salmon roll – if available and fresh, and the beef teppanyaki or the special Tokyo Taro teppanyaki ( chicken, fish, and beef). Fried rice is always really good. The dessert I think you might be referring to is the fried ice cream?

  • I Love the bento boxes, the soups and the onigri. It’s the best jewel of a restaurant in all of Muscat! Great review!

  • Oh, I feel hungry after reading this post, got to try this one during weekend… I already saw this restaurant but I have no idea of it.

  • kyle

    I will try this weekend.nI expect there.

  • japanese in mabela

    I am Japanese and went there twice while I was studying in Muscat this past semester. Truly authentic and not westernized. Thank you blue chi!

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  • Steve@Muscat

    I experienced the worst service tonight at Tokyo Taro.

    We had been to Tokyo Taro quite a few times, but tonight so many things went wrong.

    First
    of all, after taking my order of Sashimi Bento box, the waitress came
    back saying that they run out of sashimi’s. Only salmon is available. So
    she offered to replace my Sashimi Bento with Salmon a la carte, which I
    accepted. It turned out to be nine very thin slices of salmon sashimi for the
    price RO 8.0. What a ripoff!

    After ten minutes or so, the
    waitress came back again informing us that the bento box my wife ordered
    would not have the sashimi that it should have, but was replaced with
    cooked fish. We said that we wanted sashimi, then she said that it was
    already cooked by the chef and could not be changed. Sashimi and cooked fish are completely
    different food! They changed our order without getting our consent.

    Then the Udon soup with Tempura that I ordered came in as plain noodles, not the Japanese Udon.

    I
    complained to the manager about the noodle and the sashimi. The
    manager said sorry to us, and took the noodle away without explanation.
    After twenty minutes, we found out that he simply cancelled my noodle
    order. I was not even
    offered to order something else as replacement.

    So my dinner at
    Kyoto Taro became a half diner. As we stepped out Tokyo Taro, we had to
    go to another restaurant to complete my dinner.

  • Kiwi in Oman

    OK, we love our Japanese food – we lived there for a while – so it was interesting to check out Tokyo Taro. In short, not THE best Japanese food we have ever had but still very good. And the menu has a great selection (of which we will go back and try more). The service was great and the people knew what they were talking about, OK we were there early in the evening – but still. Only draw back is the traffic heading to Ruwi . . . . . .

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