Tokyo Cafe is my "Cheers!" of Fort Worth where everybody knows my name, or at least I know theirs. I don't have a go-to order here though...well, besides starting with an obligatory plate of the Tok Fries. It's fun to change it up because no matter what is on my plate, I'm never disappointed.
Last week we decided to go with an all shareable menu. While choosing favorites here feels like choosing your favorite child, we took a vote anyway (because that's what people with kids do, right?). The brisket bao buns won two to one. I love a good collaboration and this one puts Billy's Oak Acres smoked brisket in the center of a steamed bun served with black garlic taro sauce that is rich and syrupy without being too sweet. Chef Kevin Martinez tested these out while running his Yatai Food Kart (which I hear may be making a much anticipated comeback) and I'm so glad to see them on the menu at Tokyo Cafe.
I can't ignore the rest of our fabulous meal, so here are all of the More Than Honorable Mentions at the table:
The Tok Fries have made many the "Best Of" list around town. Thick cut seasoned fries get dipped in chili mayo then furikake (a Japanese mixture of sesame seed, seaweed, fish flake and seasoning).
Tuna Poke makes for a fresh meal starter with chunks of tuna, avocado, creamy krab and a tamari vinaigrette. Make sure to dig to the bottom for the crisp cucumber.
Avo Bake is filled with a crab mixture and topped with shirmp.
The Cajun Roll rounded out our meal with a panko battered fried shrimp roll topped with a creamy crawfish sauce that is baked until browned and bubbly.