Hi all. Don't know if many of you know this, but Tojo's recently moved to a new location down Broadway just a bit. My wife and I ate there tonight and really enjoyed it.
First off, I know there's a huge range of opinion on their food, decor, service and atmosphere. My wife and I are in the "we love it " camp. We are somewhat regulars there so I would venture to guess that our usual experience might be better than some. That said, here's my take on the new place.
Decor: Night and day vs. the old location. The new one is much more spacious. It has a separate sake bar; the sushi bar is probably twice as big also. It has a very airy feel and is much more warm. The decor is beautiful and the was a waft of fresh flowers from the vase just to my right at the sushi bar.
Service: All the regular staff are there and then some. I've waited many nights in the past for service or between courses and have just accepted that as part of the experience on busier nights. Not so anymore. The service was prompt and friendly, but I never got the feeling like they were trying to turn over our spot at the bar.
Food: The reason we go to Tojo's! It was exemplary. I had several of the usual items including a melt-in-you-mouth tuna tataki, the smoked sable fish, fresh snapper and toro tuna, etc. Also had a couple of new spectacular dishes. One was called the savory soup. It was a delicate egg custard with a caviar top and below, a mix of bbq eel, dungenous crab, white fish and a hint of lemon. Very rich and very good. Next was a dungenous crab salad with pear, cabbage, sweet vinegar and a sweet/spicy mustard sauce. Last was a thick slab of tuna rolled in seaweed, then very lightly tempura battered and fried for only a few seconds. Think seared tuna, but even more tender. It was finished with a ume (sour plum) paste and a small mushroom cap. I was thankful my wife was getting full because I got to eat hers too.
I know there are many places in town where one can get excellent but cheaper sushi. For me, Tojo's is a special indulgence that I love and really don't care what the price is.
For those of you who've given negative reviews, I suggest you give it another try.
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