I have been going to Daidoco since it first opened a few years back. Run by a wonderful, sweet couple, it has been amazing to watch their business grown and see new staff added to meet high restaurant volumes. The chef originated from the old Zensushi in Victoria; this man knows how to cook amazing rice, scoff if you may but good rice is what makes or breaks a Japanese dish.
Using locally sourced, mostly organic ingredients, Daidoco is a true Victoria gem. This is not your run of the mill Japanese restaurant, but a Japanese deli, you won't find tempura on this menu! Keep in mind, Daidoco is a weekday lunch spot only, and its busy. Set in a small, wooden interior restaurant in Nootka Court, with nautical themed and rustic furnishings. Get there early or you won't get a place to sit; by 12:30 most of the menu will be sold out. It is a counter service restaurant, the food takes about 5-10 minuets to arrive in most cases. Only enough food that can be sold that day is prepared, once its gone, its gone. This policy may bother some people, but the food speaks for itself. Lovingly prepared, with simple yet complex flavors, the food rarely disappoints.
All food at Daidoko is reasonably priced, with menu items ranging from $2-8. Make sure to try the Salmon Don, it is constantly a stand out dish. Lately, I have been opting for two salads, and miso soup. Salads are unique each day, with interesting ingredients and flavors. The miso soup is made from scratch, some of the best available in Victoria.
If you enjoy fresh flavors, unique and well made food, you will not be disappointed. For me, I'm hopping they bring back the rice burger this summer.