5735 El Camino Real, Atascadero CA
What a wonderful surprise! Just when I was complaining to our friend and Mayor, Roberta Fonzi, that there were not enough good ethnic restaurants in our beloved Atascadero (sometimes called ‘the drive-in capitol’ of the Central Coast) we noticed that Toshi’s was open on El Camino Real and tried it that night. Toshi’s owner, John Jang, had the same-named restaurant in San Luis Obispo and opened in Atascadero about 4 months ago, their loss is our gain. We sat at the Sushi bar and John Jang served us numerous delights, producing fabulous and fresh Sushi bites after our discussion with him about what he would recommend on that particular evening. He respected our budget limits and recognized that we were happy to experience the pure stuff. He let us order ‘Japanese style’, only ordering the next item after savoring the previous one.
We drank the house hot sake, which was excellent, but many other choices are available. We tested the kitchen by ordering shrimp tempura (asking for it crispy….which may not have been necessary). The tempura was heavenly, light, hot, crispy and with no oil seemingly clinging to it.
Toshi’s was excellent and we will return for more (as we do occasionally to the wonderful Goshi’s in Paso Robles). The service from the waitresses and our Sushi chef could not have been better. The decor seemed very appropriate for a Japanese restaurant.
Our only suggestions would be that Toshi's begin the custom of giving hot little towels to guests before they eat, and having some Japanese music to hear or see on the HDTV (instead of sports......but that's probably asking for too much!).
We have been eating Japanese food for over 45 years in California, the East Coast and in Japan. We look for freshness, good value and as little ‘Americanization’ and distortion of the original Japanese cuisine and style as is possible. We will continue to try new restaurants in Atascadero with high hopes.