I have heard of Torigo for almost 20 years now but haven't been there. I've been 3 times to the nearby Isono, but has avoided Torigo but I knew it was a good restaurant. Was it the location? I like going to Crabtree almost next to Isono and curse the now closed racist German restaurant next door.
The point is, there is no clear explanation. Me and wife went to Torigo last week-end looking for Udon or Shabu Shabu kind of thing. The restaurant's specialty happens to be sushi. Nevertheless, I found some very interesting items in the menu. I ordered the Sawara: the most expensive in the menu. It's mackerel on kiage with some kind of mayonnaise and soy sauce. The salad was very fresh and the miso soup had that startling robustness in taste. It was not the usual measly miso soup. My wife ordered the Salmon Teriyake entree. Of course Teriyake is Teriyake but Torigo's Teriyake is outstanding in itself. It is hard to top anything that's good already in every Japanese restaurant. Knowing also that this restaurant has a lot of Japanese clientele speaks for itself.
Having enjoyed the exquisite dinner, we wonder what surprises were ahead of us as far as dessert was concerned. We tried the Green Tea Creme Brûlée. That sealed the deal elevating our admiration of Torigo to place where we could come back to it as a food shrine.
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