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.
Overall occasion was excellent. Staff were knowledgeable, service was swift, food was of the highest quality and flavours were outstanding. It’s good to see at last an authentic Japanese dining experience in Geelong, at a price comparable to any other mid range night out.
Delicious, interesting food with a wide range of Japanese drinks. Quick, friendly service. It is always a pleasure dining there. Keep up the great work!
Excellent food and service. No rush to move us in as we sat, enjoyed amazing food and chatted for a few hours. Highly recommend this Geelong Gem.