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Dec 3, 2010 07:17 AM

Omakase in Vancouver, or, The Tojo Conundrum

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are visiting her family in Vancouver for the holidays. We were planning on taking her immediate family to a really nice omakase dinner as a gift and thanks for putting us up for a week.

Now, the first thing you find when you look for good omakase is Tojo. Then, you read the rather mixed reviews of the place. Aji Sai and Octopus Garden also come up, but all the discussion I found when searching the board seemed to be at least a year or two old.

Any new spots, or updates for a really great omakase? Any advice or recent experiences are very much appreciated!

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  1. I had a lunchtime omakase at Shiro on Cambie St. once. It was extremely affordable and very fresh and tasty!

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    1. re: flowbee

      Sherman at Sherman's Food Adventures did a recent post on omakase at Octopus Garden.

      We did omakase at Tojo's last year and found while the food was good, it was not worth the price. Our pick for best sushi in BC is Sushi Hachi in Richmond which was as good if not better than Tojo's at about 1/4 of the price. We spent about $175 each at Tojo's not including drinks, tax or tips. There are 2 Sushi Hachi's in YVR the one in Richmond is the one I'm refering to. Their chu-toro is amazing. Reservations are essential as this place is small and packs up.

      1. re: oiboy

        Hi oiboy I am interested in an Omakase meal as well. Do you mind sharing how much you paid and how many courses you had? I want to have nice Japanese meal before I head back to TO. Like you I wasn't too happy with the money I spent at Tojo's I also tried Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar and had em prepare a tasting menu with wine and that was disappointing as well. Also which location would you recommend and whats the address?

        1. re: elvisahmed

          I never had the omakase at octopus garden or sushi hachi. Last time I was there it ran to about $75.00 per person. They do have omakase at sushi hachi which starts at $100 per person. Sushi Hachi is on Odlin Cresent. In Richmond. They are open only 3 hours between 6-9pm 5 days a week. Reservations are a necessity as they are always full. Sadly they still have endangered blue fin tuna still on their menu.

    2. Any updates on this post?

      I've eaten at Tojo's through the years and now wondering if there are other places that excel the way Tojo does.

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        1. re: JayDK

          Kinome does omakase as well and is top notch. It's not a sushi joint however, more refined izakaya-style.