About Tomodachi - Izakaya & Bar

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.

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

Address

Tomodachi - Izakaya & Bar
85A Little Malop Street, Geelong CBD
Geelong 3220

Menu Highlights

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Tapas

TAKOYAKI 8pcs

Octopus pancake balls with Japanese mayonnaise, sauces and dried fish on top
A$10.00

BUTA/YASAI GYOZA 6pcs

Pan fried pork/vegetable dumplings served with ponzu sauce
A$12.00

OKONOMIYAKI

Japanese seafood and vegetable pancake with Japanese mayonnaise, sauces and dried fish on top
A$12.00

KARAAGE CHICKEN/WINGS

Chicken thigh cuts/wings marinated in spicy light soy then deep fried served with sauces on top
A$14.00
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Dishes

YAKITORI SET (3 skewers)

Chicken thigh skewers with teriyaki sauce
A$12.00

GINGER PORKBELLY

Pan fried pork belly and veggie with light soy sauce
A$18.00

GRILLED SCALLOPS 4 pcs

Grilled Japanese scallops with pesto mayonnaise
A$18.00

MORI TEMPURA

Deep fried fish tempura and mixed veggie
A$18.00
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Classics

KARAAGE CHICKEN CURRY UDON

Udon with Japanese curry and karaage chicken
A$12.00

RAMEN OF THE DAY

Please ask our friendly staff

MIX SASHIMI (10 pcs)

Sliced seasonal sashimi served with wasabi, soy sauce and ginger
A$20.00
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Rice Dishes

TERIYAKI CHICKEN/BEEF BENTO

Rice, teriyaki chicken/beef, salad, fruit, spring roll, pickle and miso soup
A$13.00

PORK RIBS BENTO

Rice, Chicken fillet fried with bread crumb, salad, fruit, springroll, pickle and miso soup
A$16.00

UNAGI KABAYAKI BENTO

Rice, grilled juicy eel, salad, fruit, spring roll, pickle and miso soup
A$18.00

Festive Menu

Lunch

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Main Menu

Dinner

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77 Tomodachi - Izakaya & Bar Reviews

Excellent
5.1/6
77 Reviews
Atmosphere:Pleasant
Service:Excellent
Value for money:Good value
Noise levels:Average
Food:Outstanding
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
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"Excellent"6/6
Christopher E.2 days ago · 1 review

Great beer, great sashimi, enjoyed my meal very much !

"Excellent"6/6
Leah D.3 days ago · 1 review

Excellent quality food and amazing customer service! Everything was quick and Hot, with only the dessert taking a while to prepare but was so worth it. 10/10 would definitely go again!

"Excellent"6/6
Vasile R.24 days ago · 1 review

Great place, amazing Japanese food. Definitely going to go again and try more off their diverse menu.

"Excellent"6/6
Corinna s.a month ago · 1 review

The food was incredible and the staff were lovely and friendly. They had several vegan and gluten free options as well which my family appreciated

"Good"4/6
Rainer B.5 months ago · 1 review

The food was very good but didn't measure up to the enticing photos on the website (or was it Tripadvisor?). The Kingfish Sashima was excellent and beautifully presented but was the only raw fish available at 8pm on Saturday night. The Unagi was very flavoursome and good value for money - although bordering on the soft side The stools are most uncomfortable. Service was good and friendly but all our 6 dishes arrived at the same time - in spite of asking for them to be brought out gradually. We were a table for 2 but were seated next to a table of 10 women - in this tiny space it made conversation very difficult. We were in and out in an hour and didn't feel inclined to linger because of the noise and the uncomfortable stools. However we will return for the flavours - but perhaps at lunch or a mid-week night - and we might bring cushions!

"Okay"3/6
Aazina L.5 months ago · 1 review

I was very disappointed with my visit and will not return. We sat down and ordered 7 dishes and a couple of drinks, and after the drinks arrived, the waitress informed us that there was no rice. Although we found this odd as it was 8.30pm on a Saturday we would expect a Japanese restaurant to have its staple food, we let it pass. Subsequently, the waitress came again and told us there was no beef and a little later she told us there were only 3 slices of salmon sashimi left (we ordered 10). Since we had already sat down and had drinks and waited for our food, we stayed anyway. As soon as we finished our food, we paid our $90 bill (for 2 pax) and left disgruntled and walked across the street to have more food at another restaurant because we were still hungry.

"Excellent"6/6
Tegan L.2 years ago · 1 review

Venue is quite cosy, so be sure to make a booking. Staff are very friendly. Food was absolutely delicious. I had gyozas for entree, the softshell crab for my main and shared a matcha ice-cream for dessert. I also had a cocktail (which are a must try!). Altogether it cost me $45, not bad at all! As i was leaving i was already trying to plan when to go back!

"Excellent"6/6
Ritchie S.a year ago · 1 review

My wife is Japanese and I have been to Japan many times, Tomodachi is by far the most authentic Japanese restaurant in the Geelong and surrounding areas. With a Korean owner and Japanese chef, the set up is small but intimate with excellent customer service. Slightly more expensive than other outlets in the area but a really good experience, we will be back !!

"Okay"3/6
Ashleigh H.2 years ago · 1 review

Must have caught them on an off day because i've heard nothing but great things about the place. Service was average with no drink refills offered - our empty drinks sat on the table for the remainder of our meal. But empty plates were cleared quickly. Pork belly was chewy and dry and not as moist and delicious as it could have been. The flavours in everything were good though standouts were the yakitori, karage chicken and scallops. Overall though I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. But I might give it the benefit of the doubt and head back another time.

"Great"5/6
Matthew T.3 months ago · 1 review

The food is served quickly but it is also very very good quality, so much flavor. was perfect for us - we were going to the movies also so had plenty of time to do both. Staff friendly nice relaxed feel. - Will most be become one of our "Go to" places for food.