Tomodachi is the delightful sushi and japanese cuisine restaurant by husband and wife team Steve Riad and Tina Son. Chef Steve Riad brings his eighteen years of experience to each of his dishes. Diners delight in dishes such as fresh aji (Japanese horse mackerel) just in from the Tsukiji fish market in northern Japan, or kampachi, wild yellowtail from the Honolulu fish market. Seasonal delights like abalone clam, live ocean eel, O-toro fatty tuna belly and uni sea urchin are also a specialty, and are so fresh Austin's diners will soon forget they're landlocked. Tina Son is the maitre 'd, and provides warm, friendly service to every person who walks in the door. She remembers names, what kind of sake you like to drink, or if you prefer Asahi Dry Japanese lager. She is also the mastermind and artist behind the design of the hip restaurant. Tina attended FIT's school of design in New York and her sense of style is evident from wall to wall, which includes simply hung original Tina Son artwork and beautifully upholstered eggplant-colored velvety banquette seating.