Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

Toyko is the little sushi restaurant that could. Located at 3788 Nostrand Avenue, right next to the pan-Asian giant Chop Stix, Tokyo keeps churning out “Japanese-style sushi,” day after day. Is there any other kind of sushi? I wondered if they’d survive when Chop Stix expanded its menu to include sushi, but survive they have. It appears to have been a tough battle as the unfinished ceiling in the main dining seems to attest to the struggle.

Today’s Bite is the shrimp teriyaki platter ($6.95), served over white rice accompanied with a green salad. Between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Tokyo offers the platter as a lunch special that includes your choice of miso soup or a can of soda for no additional charge.

Teriyaki is a method of cooking where food is either boiled or grilled in a sweet sauce or marinade. According to livestrong.com, teriyaki came on the scene in 17th Century Japan. According to japan-guide.com, teriyaki is not popular in Japan, but is extremely popular in the rest of the world. Teriyaki can be a very assertive flavor and is a bit out of tune with much of the subtle flavors that is so treasured in much of Japanese cuisine.

At Tokyo, the medium shrimp appears to have been boiled and arranged on a bed of white rice before being doused with a light teriyaki sauce. The sweetness of the shrimp was not lost to the sauce, which is a good thing. I like the flavor of shrimp. Tokyo’s version of the teriyaki sauce is thinner and much less sweet than served in many of the neighboring restaurants. Topped with a smattering of sesame seeds, this dish satisfies but doesn’t overwhelm. I guess that’s why I was hungry again an hour later.

Tokyo, 3788 Nostrand Avenue, (718) 934-8080.

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  • SUPERHERO

    My question is how do you choose the restaurant each week on the bite? is it the restaurant asks to be or is it from boss man Ned?

    • Anonymous

      It’s a fairly complex issue, Superhero. 

      First let me say, with the exception of the eel incident, Ned has never chosen a restaurant or food stuff. Nor has he “suggested” a place. It’s all up to me. We have on rare occasions, gone to the restaurants together, usually when it’s a place neither of us visited before. 

      We do not accept solicitations for The Bite. I don’t let the restaurants know I’m coming, nor do I tell them that I’m reviewing their food for the bite. 
      But, back to how I choose the restaurants.

      First up,is the question, have I written a bite about them yet. So far, with 40 something bites under my belt, I haven’t been back to the same place twice, at least not for the bite. I don’t want to cover the same places until I’ve written something about each place in the bay. It’s getting tougher every week. 

      Next is the cost of the food. I’m not rich and Sheepshead Bites is a start-up, so the cost of the food is always an issue. 
      After that, I try to mix up the ethnicity each week. I have been trying to do breakfast, but I ain’t a morning person. Lunch, dinner and midnight bar foods are much more likely to appear here. 

      I try to find interesting and new things. New to me at least. Or I try to answer my questions about a restaurant or dish. 

      Today’s restaurant was chosen simply out of my curiosity about Tokyo and how it could survive right next to one of the bay’s most popular restaurants.

  • SUPERHERO

    My suggestion to you is try out Draft Barn. They have amazing food and their “old fashion bacon” is amazing.

    Also please review Aqualina on manhattan beach.

  • nolastname

    Thanks but no thanks. Boiled? Steamed maybe but boiled where is the flav?
    I won’t try this one is looks blah.
    Now if they BBQ’d the shrimp….

  • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

    I’ve never had good anything that calls itself teriyaki. It’s my indicator to stay away from it. With that said, the shrimp look lightly sauced which is a good thing, but from the look of that “salad” I’m not sure I’d be willing to fork over 7 bucks for a few pieces of shrimp over rice, a “salad,” and miso/soda. Under 5 maybe, but for 7 bucks there are better deals.

  • winson

    i wonder if they have chicken teriyako too

  • nolastname

    PS. I like my shrimp a little more done.

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    I’ve been here. It’s pretty good. Haven’t gone much since there are the 10 sushi places around Sheepshead Bay road…

  • Larry

    You need a review of Anyway Cafe, I’ll join for drinks.

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