I am amazed wtih all the incredible japanese restaurant in Vancouver, there are people who still think Tojo's is the best in town. I had been skeptical about it from various reviews and word of mouth, but I had some friends who were visiting and wanted to try. All I can say is for those of you who still sings Tojo's praises and keep saying it's worth it, you need to check out other places in Vancouver.
We had the $110 Omakase and was it a big disappointment. There was no Toro, no Umi, no Lobster, no Fois Gras. Sure the fish were fresh, but so are the fish at almost all the good Japanese restaurants in Vancouver. I was expecting some innovation nouveau Japanese cooking given you can get all the usual stuff at other places for same / better quality, but nothing that special at Tojo's. The presentation is nice, but I am there for the food first and foremost.
For those who say the prices are within what you expect for good Japanese restaurant in North America, that is true, but the other places are WAY better and more innovative. So as a traditional Japanese place, Tojo's is way below standard, while being an innovative place, it is not.
I think unfortunately, many people who go to very expensive restaurants refuse to admit they've been had even when it's obvious everything is overpriced.
I will not go back to Tojo's for sure. I didn't even have to pay for the meal and still thought it was mediocre. Lastly, ever wonder why there aren't any Japanese people eating at Tojo's? I think they know their Japanese food best...so why aren't they at Tojo's when you see them at Aki or Guu or all kinds of other good Japanese place? Some food for thought!