Vancouver, British Columbia / September 4, 2010 / dinner
Winederlust Rating (details below): 6.5 out of 10 / Winederlust Worthy: No
We had high hopes for Vancouver's Tojo's restaurant. It's gotten a ton of press over the years as one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city – though also one of the priciest. Though we'd made a reservation at the sushi bar, once we arrived we were told there was a minimum charge of $120 each to eat the bar, so we opted for a table instead. (That said, in the end, we didn’t spend a whole lot less than that anyway!)
The room itself is large and rather generic, with the sushi bar in a large half-circle at the center. A few booths for large parties are in the restaurant's perimeter with tables crammed close together throughout the rest of the restaurant. For such a high-priced place, Tojo's doesn't have much of a feeling of specialness about it. It pretty much could have been any sushi joint anywhere (until you see the bill!).