Last night The Boyf and I went around the corner to Tokyo Fun, the new sushi place on NC 55 in Durham. It’s in the building vacated a few months ago when China One closed up shop. We had originally loved China One but a serious decline in its quality before it entirely fell by the wayside made us wary of anything new that opened up there. I read a couple of reviews on Yelp, though, and decided it was worth a shot. I am extremely glad that I did.

Tokyo Fun’s food is easily on-par with that of Shiki Sushi, just up the road, but here’s the thing: like the reviewers on Yelp said, Tokyo Fun is not packed. Specific to The Boyf’s and my experience of Shiki Sushi, Tokyo Fun is not packed with recent Duke grads screeching at one another. Whereas Shiki Sushi has gone from quiet-awesome-sushi-bar to enormous-trendy-noise-factory, Tokyo Fun is simply fantastic food, attentive service and relaxation. While the redesign of Shiki Sushi made it a very attractive place, it is the least acoustically friendly storefront anywhere this side of the now-defunct Caffe Trio or possibly The (much loved but ear-splitting) Borough in Raleigh. That place is, and there is no other way to say it, hell of loud inside. Add to that a frequent wait of 20 or 30 minutes for a table and a clientele consisting largely of die-cast frat cheese and I think it’s plain why I haven’t been there in a while. With Tokyo Fun now within shouting distance of my house – and with a drive-through service lane around the back corner of the building! – I don’t need to.

Right now, at least, they’re running a 2-for-1 dinner special on sushi rolls and at lunch they’re running an introductory 30% off discount. I would imagine the place is a lot busier during the weeday, given its RTP location, but for a late dinner on a Sunday night we had the place entirely to ourselves. We also spotted a little raised section with rice-paper walls and low, traditional tables. We’re considering trying to organize an outing to reserve one of those tables sometime.