Tomodachi Izakaya & Bar

4.4
51 Reviews
$40 and under
Japanese

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Michael Bong didn’t come to Japanese cooking along the obvious route – he’s Korean, for one – but now that he has, he’s certainly making the most of it. Tomodachi Izakaya & Bar on Little Malop Street in the centre of Geelong is a tribute to the corner bars of Tokyo, with a focus on the charcoal grill and the skewered mates that come off it. That results in top-notch pork belly, beef and chicken thighs for the meat-eaters and salmon, prawns and scallops for the fish fans as well as beancurd and vegetables for the vegetarians. Aside from the grill, there is also an astounding array of sushi and sashimi dishes, octopus pancake balls, salt and pepper squid, alongside dessert options and a long cocktail menu that befits all the best, boozy backstreet izakaya joints in Japan. Take trip into Geelong town centre for a Japanese meal to remember at Tomodachi on Little Malop Street – just remember to book your table before you arrive, as they do get crowded.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, delish food!! Good price!!

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great cocktails

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MonS
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to eat and the food was fantastic.

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Mb133
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Extremely loud, had to wait for our table to be ready as someone was sitting there, food was good server was a little pushy to get our orders and looked like she wanted to leave.

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CharlotteC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always. Great warm and vibrant atmosphere. One of my favourite Japanese restaurants!

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NicW
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Booking made for 6:15pm, when we arrived we were told we had to leave by 7:30pm. No indication to the time limit when booking was made. Felt rushed with our birthday celebration

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Robbii
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some of the best ramen in Geelong

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CorinneF
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon arrival we were told that the restaurant did not have our booking, and were seated only after showing them the confirmation sms.
After being given the menus we sat there for over 20 minutes without any wait staff returning to take our order, even with attempts to get their attention we were ignored. I can't give any comment about the food as we left without ordering and went to another local restaurant.

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domo
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and Authentic Japanese food ...love their bento boxes

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TraceyC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food prepared quickly and presented beautifully. Fantastic little restaurant.

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domo
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

...felt like we transported ourselves to Japan for a moment...

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JenniB
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food! Nice atmosphere and reasonably priced

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AmyT
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious and authentic Japanese food, we enjoyed our meal.

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SusanB
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere. Would have liked a seat with a back in it. Food was excellent. Service was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining on a lovely evening, delicious food, good range of sake, wine and beer to match the food, timely delivery of meal, friendly efficient staff.

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MeganL
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious food. Would highly recommend Tomodachi Izakaya to everyone

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Bunta
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, would like pictures of food as I like to select from photo

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Pockey
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

I can’t say their dishes are authentic Japanese, but they were tasty. Food came out nice and fast.
Presentation can be improved.

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MalcolmS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Why would you allow people to book on this app if you are closed..

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Was very busy. They must have forgotten one of our three dishes because it came an hour later and wasn't that tasty to be fair.

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Catherine
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not the best food or cocktail, tasty but wasn’t up to authentic Japanese standard

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service and great value.

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Bunta
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I had late booking 2045hrs, ordered appetizer which was magic, went to order second course and was told kitchen closed. Reviews would be higher with greater flexibility and being able to work my way through menu. Will give another go with earlier booking

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Maestro
London
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Cannot fault the food, it was delicious. Service could use more attention to detail. Cosy but vibrant atmosphere, wasn't too loud so could still have a conversation.

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BradleyM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing and the staff and service was fantastic. I can’t wait to go back and it will be very soon. The food was fresh and so full of flavour that I have never tasted before. I recommend it to all.

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ThomasC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was excellent food and pleasant environment.
The service was efficient and well timed.
Will certainly go there again

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CherieT
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Food was great.. would definitely go back...service could have been a little better.. but overall really enjoyed .. great menu great selection...

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salt and pepper calamari and the lotus root crisps were amazing. The Bentos were special. Yes, it was quiet (Covid rules have some advantages). Not the first time we have been there and certainly will be the last.

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AngeW
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food. Friendly staff. Food comes out fast. Amazing, highly recommend

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SarahD
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Food, interesting drinks and great service :)

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Russ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

I will Definitely come back, but strongly encourage a thorough clean and straighten up throughout. If knew the place was going to be much fresher, I would recommend to friends for a quick inexpensive Asian meal.

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CarolynC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

great food, good service, overall an enjoyable night.

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ConnorN
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was nice and came out reasonably quick, very well priced for what you get

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Jess
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and affordable. Absolutely loved the bento box! Very affordable and amazing dumplings too.

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ChelseaG
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My friend and I really enjoyed the place, very nice atmosphere and overall hospitality

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BonnieH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshly made menu, excellent quick service, good variety

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ShaunB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience1

We booked online, thanks to Covid there were no seats available, they called me to offer a table at their sister restaurant, BB Chicken and Beer. We were able to order from Tomodachi and it was delivered to our table at BB. We ordered Tacoyaki and Agedashi Tofu, both were excellent. We ordered other food from BB.
Given a 1 star on Ambience as I was not sitting in the restaurant.

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great and also good value! When we sat down, the waitress informed us that we only had the table for an hour and then had to leave because they had another booking. I understand that booking times are limited due to covid, but an hour is not really enough time! Most place allow 1 hour 45 mins. If bookings are only for an hour, I should have been told this when I booked the table and I probably would have considered going somewhere else. Service wasn’t great. I had to ask to order a drink and the waitress took quite a while to take our food order which meant, by the time arrived we barely had any time to eat and ended up having lots of food left over by the time we were asked to leave because the next booking had arrived. Shame to waste so much food! Food was tasty though and would go back, hopefully with more time next time!

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Shanon
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious ramen and quirky beers to try. Our server wasn't overly warm (friendly) to us but it's understandable in this current climate!

FAQs

Tomodachi Izakaya & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Tomodachi Izakaya & Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.