I think Kitaro might have been one of the victims of the Wallingford fire a few months ago (late December 2011) – so make sure to call ahead to see if they’re open/reopened. Also, they don’t tend to get a lot of traffic (I honestly can’t imagine why), so occasionally they’re closed when you think they’re open.
We’re ovo-pesco vegetarians… and Kitaro is the perfect solution to having a group of friends with mixed dietary restrictions. They have somewhere around 50 vegan options for sushi – and not just tofu and avocado rolls! I’ve enjoyed mushroom and olive rolls, ginger, etc. I love the creativity and expansion of fare to accommodate more people. Also, we’ve had the sushi and sashimi (although I’ve heard people say that theirs was dry or frozen), tempura, udon and agedashi tofu – all of which have been tasty and traditional to Japanese tastes.
I love all of the funky posters and knick-knacks, many of which we saw in restaurants in Japan. This place feels very small and traditional after spending a month in 17 different cities.
Originally from Kyoto (? I think), the Japanese owner and his American wife have lived in both the US and Japan over the past 30 years. They’re always eager to share stories, give recommendations, practice your Japanese and English and are just fantastically genial people.
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