Nootka Court, 633 Courtney St. Victoria, BC tel: 388-7383

If you haven't been to the Bug Zoo lately, you might not have noticed Daidoco. Tucked away in Nootka Court  (indeed, follow the signs to the Bug Zoo) you'll find this charming little Japanese lunch spot.

First off - it's not a sushi restaurant. They do have sushi as a special, but it is not part of their regular menu. Rather, they specialize in hot Japanese dishes and salads. Today, I had the scallop and prawn stir-fry special ($7.50) a smidgen bland for my taste, it was a pleasantly light and refreshing meal. My dinning companion, Debbie, had the Tuna-don ($7.50). Tataki (marinated and seared) tuna, on rice with miso soup - I was jealous. She gave me a taste and it was delicious, I will have this dish on my next visit.

The menu is short, a special and only a handful of other dishes: the above-mentioned tuna, a tofu (organic from Metchosin) bowl and a grilled salmon bowl, for example. They also feature a small selection of salads with and without fish ($2-$3) and baked goods.

Clearly a hot spot with the local office clientele, Daidoco was bustling at lunch. The seating is limited, but the turnover quick and take-out is available. For a quickie lunch spot, it has a remarkably cozy atmosphere.

Daidoco is the perfect place to have a guilt-free lunch. The portions are sensible and the approach fresh and healthy. If you're trying to eat well, but still want to dine-out Daidoco is the perfect choice.

Daidoco is open Monday-Friday 10am-6pm

Value of Food: 86/100

Quality of Food: 84/100

Speed and quality of service: 79 /100 

Ambiance: 84/100 (above average for a low-cost lunch spot.)

 Reviewed: January 10  2006