On a trip to your fair city about a week ago I was fortunate to have an opportunity to dine at Tadokoro in Old Town. I now live in Boston but I also lived in Japan for about 7 years and have been traveling there for over 25 years and I love Japanese food. After researching Tadokoro on line and reading some very favorable reviews I decided to try it because it sounded like the traditional style Japanese place that seem harder and harder to find these days. I am a traditionalist when it comes to Japanese food and Tadokoro met my expectations on every count. So many Japanese places in the US now days focus on what I call "designer rolls or fusion sushi". I know this type of sushi is very popular here in the states but it is not my taste.
Me and my two companions sat at the sushi bar and ordered everything ala carte (okonomi de). We also took some of the Itamai-san's recommendations for what the best offerings were that day. I have to say that if I lived in San Diego a substantial portion of my income would be spent at Tadokoro. The quality and variety of the fish, the presentations and the exquisite attention to detail made for a memorable dining experience. They even had Shirako (fish sperm) which I have never seen in the USA. Our dining experience at Tadokoro was so good that we made plans to return again one night later.
There are a number of Japanese restaurants in Boston but very few are Japanese owned and operated and most of them focus more on fusion sushi. San Diegoans (sp?) are very fortunate to have a place like Tadokoro. I just wish they would open a branch in Boston. My only other choice is spending a lot of money on airfare traveling to San Diego.