Just came back from a week in Vancouver. We had a few good meals at Vij's, C, Sooke Harbour House, but were very disappointed at Tojo's. We ordered the $75 Omakase, it came in five courses, I suppose the quantity is okay for the price but the quality is nothing to write home about. The food was pretty standard fare, they looked nothing like what he has on
the website, and four of the dishes were straight from the regular printed menu, I don't know why all the fuss about omakase.
We started out with the "Albacore tuna sashimi with sesame sauce", this is the best dish of the lot, the tuna did literally melt in your mouth and the sauce was quite tasty without overpowered with sesame.
Then we had the "smoked salmon salad", "tuna tempura with braised vegetable and plum sauce", some white fish and eel with mushroom wrapped in rice paper, and assorted sushi. The only dish not on the menu was the fish wrapped in rice paper and it also was the worst in my opinion, the mushroom did have a very subtle taste but the fish was dry and flavorless.
The assorted sushi was equally as bad, each of us got a piece of hamachi sushi, golden roll, salmon sushi, rainbow roll, tuna sushi. The fish wasn't all that fresh, I could have got that kind of sushi in a better supermarket. The sushi plate came with a lobster head for decoration, at first I thought it had something to do with our sushi but I looked around and almost all sushi plate came with a lobster head, I surely hope they wash that little guy throughout.
Oh I forgot to mention green tea ice cream for dessert. Overall we left feeling cheated, the tab came to $250 including two beers. I have had much better sushi in Vancouver for less money, Tojo's is definitely not worth it.
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