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1133 West Broadway
Vancouver, Canada V6H 1G1
(604) 872 8050
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Consistently rated one of the top restaurants in Vancouver Tojo's is owned by Hidekazu Tojo, and it's known to have some of the highest quality fish available in the city.  Rumour is that Tojo's gets first pick of fish that arrives daily from the city.  Tojo's has been featured in numerous books and publications, and is a popular place for celebrities (and Olympic athletes) who are in town.
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Mar 4, 2010
Went to Tojo's with friends and had the 5 course Omakase menu ($80). Omakase means "It's up to you" and leaves the dishes up to the chef (although you can mention allergies and particularly strong dislikes). Highlights of our Omakase meal included the deep fried tuna roll, the sashimi salad, and the sushi sampler, which was a collection of Tojo's greatest hits. Hidekazu Tojo is a legend, and the quality of the dishes (both ingredients and execution) lives up to that reputation. Very delicious!

Was it worth it? That's a bit harder to to say. The food was definitely outstanding - the best Japanese food that I've had. Vancouver is pretty noted for inexpensive food though, so the gap in price between Tojo's and an average Japanese restaurant is probably much greater to Vancouverites than to visitors who may be more accustomed to paying large amounts for Japanese food back home. I'd go again, but would probably reserve it for special occasions for sure. Omakase would be a memorable experience for visitors though.

As a side note, Tojo's is a good place to go celebrity spotting. We saw an Olympic short-track speed-skating medalist (Jordan Malone) when we went, and it's reportedly a favourite spot for many celebrities while in town.
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I have known about Tojo's for years, and have been wanting to go to this place for almost as long. But I always thought I'd wait for a special occasion. Finally I decided, to heck with the special occasion and booked an evening there.

Apparently the only way to experience Tojo's is through their Omakase menu, so I opted for the 5 course Omakase for $80. I wanted to sit at the bar (make sure you ask) but it was a very crowded evening so we were not able to do so. The waiter was attentive, asking us what our likes and dislikes were as well as any allergies, and then the food started coming.

First course: A sort of tuna tartare with ginger and cucumber in a broth. Delicious.

Second course: A salad with slices of fresh fish.

Third course: Pan seared halibut? with mushrooms and Tojo's special sauce

Fourth course: Deep fried tuna roll wrapped in seaweed

Fifth course: A selection of sushi

Dessert: Sesame panacotta

Overall the food was absolutely delicious and some of the elements were surprisingly good (for instance I hate shiso but the flavour went very well with the items). I enjoyed each course thoroughly, though at the end of the day it's still hard to say whether it was worth the cost. It was definitely a head above other sushi places I go to for sure though.

Maybe I'll have to go back again to try more dishes to decide. ;)
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We rolled with the $80 Omakase menu. Just one of the courses (says 5, doesn't include dessert which makes it 6) was a sampler of their different sushi rolls - best sushi I've ever eaten, hands down. The other dishes were phenomenal. I'll admit I was juuust a little hungry afterwards, could have used perhaps one more course. Definitely going back next time I'm in Vancouver. Waiters were attentive and funny and Tojo himself was a character. Great experience!
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