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Old 10-01-2010, 08:35 PM   #51
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Imo Tojo's used to be amazing back at their old location.. but since they've moved the quality has gone down and all of the menu items just don't taste quite as good as they used to be. Its decent japanese fare, but even for 'fine dining' it falls well short of my expectations.

I agree with observer, just didn't want to tell too many people lest it become even more difficult to make reservations at sushi hachi. The Otoro, sashimi and unagi there is the tops hands down.
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yes it might come from the same distribution but places like richmond sushi buys the lowest grade where tojo's buys decent and better sushi grade fish. You will never see the cheap ass salmon you eat at richmond sushi being served at tojos. It's not marketing, it really comes down to a better sushi grade.
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your rationale is like saying how can a Aston Martin be better than a Ford, when the both use Bosch as a main supplier. Have you been to Tojos?

I guess Gotham or Hys steak is the same as getting a steak from Denny's...they all buy from the same supplier.
Decent restaurants will order from good suppliers like Angel Seafoods, Central Boeki, Hi-To, etc. Those suppliers do not sell low grade fish! If they do, they will give you a choice. Any Japanese restaurant who wants to serve good sashimi/sushi will only order from them. If all you have is speculation of how the Japanese restaurant industry works in Vancouver, please do not comment.

Granted, wild caught fish do have variations in fat content. Sometimes the tuna isn't as fatty as it should be, so any chef worth his/her salt will not serve that tuna...maybe mixed in with spicy sauce to serve as spicy tuna sashimi, but never by itself. This of course, will tend to add to the overall overhead costs so most cheaper places will not do it and serve the not so fatty tuna anyway. To me, it was a matter of pride to not serve crappy food, but a majority of people will not notice.
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I agree with observer, just didn't want to tell too many people lest it become even more difficult to make reservations at sushi hachi. The Otoro, sashimi and unagi there is the tops hands down.
Was at Sushi Hachi again last night, even their Chutoro was pretty good.
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Decent restaurants will order from good suppliers like Angel Seafoods, Central Boeki, Hi-To, etc. Those suppliers do not sell low grade fish! If they do, they will give you a choice. Any Japanese restaurant who wants to serve good sashimi/sushi will only order from them. If all you have is speculation of how the Japanese restaurant industry works in Vancouver, please do not comment.

Granted, wild caught fish do have variations in fat content. Sometimes the tuna isn't as fatty as it should be, so any chef worth his/her salt will not serve that tuna...maybe mixed in with spicy sauce to serve as spicy tuna sashimi, but never by itself. This of course, will tend to add to the overall overhead costs so most cheaper places will not do it and serve the not so fatty tuna anyway. To me, it was a matter of pride to not serve crappy food, but a majority of people will not notice.
You should take your own advice and stop commenting....the hole you are digging is getting deeper.....
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Imo Tojo's used to be amazing back at their old location.. but since they've moved the quality has gone down and all of the menu items just don't taste quite as good as they used to be. Its decent japanese fare, but even for 'fine dining' it falls well short of my expectations.

I agree with observer, just didn't want to tell too many people lest it become even more difficult to make reservations at sushi hachi. The Otoro, sashimi and unagi there is the tops hands down.
honestly the otoro at suhi hachi blows, Hanako's Otoro > sushi hachi otoro any given day
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honestly the otoro at suhi hachi blows, Hanako's Otoro > sushi hachi otoro any given day
The last time I ordered otoro at sushi hachi, they served me the odds and ends. I was not impressed considering the price.
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indeed, yet someone mentions its one of the best in vancouver...which shocks me quite a bit
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I'm a Sushi Hachi fan but I have to agree. I spent over 60 myself including otoro and it was disappointing. It can't be compared to otoro served in Japan.
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honestly the otoro at suhi hachi blows, Hanako's Otoro > sushi hachi otoro any given day
Wow, I've never even heard of the place.

I haven't had a good sushi meal in forever. Should I be going there?
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Wow, I've never even heard of the place.

I haven't had a good sushi meal in forever. Should I be going there?
yeah i recommend sushi hachi. its still my #1 place to go followed by ajisai. its one of the few places to carry kohada in vancouver which is my favorite the rest of the items like the maguro, shimaaji and aji were all fresh the times i went before also.
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i'm not sure what your trying to get at. your trying to argue against someone that has worked in the industry (senna) so...i don't think your opinion is valid unless you somehow have the credentials either the same or better. i mean, its already explained that the fish are coming from the same suppliers and that tojo's "like omg amazing otoro" can be had at other places for a fraction of the price. the premium paid at tojo's is just the hype factor talking.
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Hahahaha, I meant Hanako, never heard of it. But I guess that's cause it's in Surrey.

I've tried going to sushi hachi a couple times.
They are either closed, full, or booked up for the evening.
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Err, what?
I was thinking the same exact thing.
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Hahahaha, I meant Hanako, never heard of it. But I guess that's cause it's in Surrey.

I've tried going to sushi hachi a couple times.
They are either closed, full, or booked up for the evening.
oh my mistake. i haven't been to hanako either but keep hearing about it. i saw a picture of their daily specials sheet and i was impressed by the rarer items found on there. i'll probably go there in the future to try it out to see what all the hype is about
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Wow, I've never even heard of the place.

I haven't had a good sushi meal in forever. Should I be going there?
the place is more home feeling than some fancy well decorated restaurant


BUT their fish is very fresh, and some rare items on the menu. Definitely worth the try


their Otoro is money, way better than sushi hachi
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Hanako is very good.

The quality of the ingredients are high and they carry quite a few items that cannot be found in most typical sushi restaurants.

The restaurant is pretty basic in terms of decoration, but the prices are pretty reasonable for the freshness of the food.
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amen to that

i used to hate it due to the cheap/home feeling ambience..


but after trying out some of their specialty fish and so on..i was impressed
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I was thinking the same exact thing.
Same here. I can't take a persons post seriously when they think that the Glowbal chain of restaurants has great food.
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amen to that

i used to hate it due to the cheap/home feeling ambience..


but after trying out some of their specialty fish and so on..i was impressed
I don't find the decor to be bad. Its nothing special or modern but its pretty decent for what it is. Also I like how its a single chef sort of thing. Watching him prep dishes is pretty cool.
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well the home made menu and self drawn pictures didnt impress me at all. in fact i felt it was cheap..but oh well the foods speak for itself
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LOL at the hole digging comment ...

Anyways, anyone recommend a place I can dine at that also serves fresh Sanma (Pike Mackerel) Sashimi? Does Sushi Hachi or any of the above mentioned places have it?
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LOL at the hole digging comment ...

Anyways, anyone recommend a place I can dine at that also serves fresh Sanma (Pike Mackerel) Sashimi? Does Sushi Hachi or any of the above mentioned places have it?
ajisai did have sanma sashimi/nigiri. it was a seasonal item though. from what i remember, sanma season was around summertime so it might not be available anymore.
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