The most remarkable thing about this Japanese restaurant is that people have been known to make pilgrimages from far corners of the globe to savour ... More
The most remarkable thing about this Japanese restaurant is that people have been known to make pilgrimages from far corners of the globe to savour its offerings. Vancouver is known for its sushi obsession, and this particular purveyor is internationally renowned. Make reservations for the bar and watch the artist Tojo at work. The Omakase, or Chef's Arrangement, is a popular option: place yourself in Tojo's capable hands for CAD50, CAD75, CAD100 or beyond. The restaurant's original creations include the Great Canadian Roll (Atlantic lobster and asparagus with smoked Pacific salmon, CAD15.80).
First, Tojo's is not a bargain to go eat dinner at, but it's not meant to be. They have a reputation as the best in western if not all of Canada. When I went there the reputation did not fail. The 5 course Omakase was creatively designed and the flavours were excellent. This is the best Japanese restaurant I have dined in, if you can afford it then I strongly advise you to go and eat at Tojo's
We sat down to eat and my children notice that there were fruit flies all around the table. In fact, a waiter came to our table to shoo them away.
They brought the wrong food to the table and then insisted we pay for it.
I asked to see a manager and was told that the manager would throw me out. The waiter, I believe his name was Aiji, said that they believe that the 'customer is not right, and that it is their philosophy."
Despite the fact that we couldn't eat the food because of the bugs and it was not the food we ordered, they still insisted we pay for the whole thing.
The worst experience we have ever had in a restaurant. And the sushi was horrible!
If you enjoy a condesending cook/chef and like to be told what you eat and don't care about what you have to pay for being insulted, this is the place for you! If you are looking for superb raw fish rather than candy-coated rice and vegetables this is the place to go.
It tasted like any other sushi place and it is four times the price. Fifty dollars for a bottle of saki thats the size of a glass of wine. Five out of six people ordered the Omakase and the other ordered halibut.....what they brought to all of us anyways. To make a long story short two people 240 dollars still hungry. (and extremely disappointed!)
We ignored all the comments we read online about bad service, but it really is awful.
We ordered the tasting menu, and my husband had to get up three times to the kitchen where our food was. The busser took our orders, delivered our food, and apologized profusely while the waiter joked around with the table next to ours. We complained to management, but he was obviously related to someone. A $500 meal, three hours of waiting, and we practically had to get everything from the kitchen ourselves. We were so disappointed. The food was good, but not that good.
My wife and I have always loved Tojos and went to visit on a weekend getaway from Seattle (we've even brought friends from SF there). We sat at the bar and ordered the Omakase (where the bar decides the sushi and more). Tojo was not there. We ate well but did not gorge (I was slightly disappointed because the Omakase was the exact same as when I ate there three months ago). The price for 2 people (with one $38 thing of sake and one beer) was a surprising $360 US. Okay, I know the US dollar sucks. But man. However, when we watched the chefs take pre-made sushi from the fridge, for the platters going to the tables. I was shocked (mostly rolls for a today's best special or something). I asked when the sushi was made and they said an hour before. However, we were there for two hours and we never saw new sushi being made but they were still drawing from the hours-old plates. The Omakase was still great, but the premade sushi and too-high price will make me rethink going back.
I have gone to so many sushi resturants in the past. Over 32 I beleve. let me tell you that this is definetly the absolute best of all my voyages! Because of chef Tojo San, I have come back over 40 times to this enchanted resturant. The food is so tangy and delishious and the service is so happy and energetic that I wish everyday I could go to this sushi wonderland everynight. Even though the prices are high. Once you pay, you automaticly get rewarded. So dont pay any attension to any negative reviews. The writers hve no taste for real food.
Me and my friends from NYC went to have dinner at Tojo's on Monday night. We got a table right away because the occupancy was really low. I ordered a sake for $18, and received a bad look from the waiter. We all ordered the $80 set dinner, and when the first dish came, the waiter dropped the dishes and left without explaining the ingredients of the dish. We crabed him back and asked him what kind fish was and he said "go figure it out yourself, I am not gonna tell you", same thing happened again on the remaining dishes. And when we asked for mroe wasabi for the last sashimi dish, he replied" you don't need it".
We were surprised for their service and attitude. As a world traveler, I have been to so many good and better restaurants than Tojo's, yet never met this kind situation before. Although the food was not bad, that services matter to succeed the business. If Mr. Tojo really wants his restaurant to be one of the best in Vancouver, he really needs to give the proper training to his staff. Maybe he has had so many compliments for his food,so he doesnt care, so good luck on his new restaurant.
By the way, Yoshi Japanese Restaurant on Deman St. in Vancouver is much better than Tojo's, for its better food, cheaper price, most importantly, much better service than Tojo's.
In conclusiion, I highly not recommend Tojo's to anyone who is just a regular person, not the celebrity, because they only give good services to those so called "celebrities".
Tojo's is a beautiful restaurant and the food is amazing BUT a spicy tuna roll was $18.00!! We were two couple we left having spent 200.00 and we were starving! The service was also terrible, similar to an all you can eat where you pratically have to bed people to serve you! Recommended only for the rich and famous. Vancouver has so many great sushi places that are reasonable in price and have great food and service.
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