- Tsukiji Sushi Say : 〒104-0045 , 東京都中央区築地4-13-9
- Masazushi : おたる政寿司 新宿店 :〒151-0051 東京都渋谷区 千駄ヶ谷5-24-2 タカシマヤタイムズスクエア14F Takashimaya Times Square
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As promised, here is part 2 of my Japan adventure!
Sushi is at the heart of many Japanese, and definitely Kongers! Part of the Japanese culture from the Edo period, sushi was the size of your palm! Luckily the modern version is much more refined and modern, where many international eateries have put a fusion spin on the classic sushi.
Sushi and sashimi, part of the Japanese culture, is a must when you visit Tokyo and the infamous Tsukiji fish market! Whether you decide to visit at the crack of dawn and immerse yourself in the full Tsukiji experience (complete with tuna auction), or simply come for fresh seafood and the outer market, this will be the best if not superior sushi you will be tasting.
Located at the end of the outer market of the fish market is Tsukiji Sushi say. Serving sushi since 1889, this joint sure knows what they are doing! Fresh seafood supplied just next door, you are greeted by a long wooden sushi bar, interacting with sushi chefs and making the whole experience more fun! If you are not a fan of practicing your “limited Japanese”, there are also tables available on the second floor of the restaurant.
Word of advice though, queue up early! Lines up to 1 hour are often seen outside the main restaurant. Even with their newer sushi restaurant next door, queues are formed very quickly!
left: Saba-Mackerel / Kurodai – snapper
right: Ebi- Cooked Prawn / Amaebi – sweet shrimp
left: Crab Leg
right: Chu toro- Fatty Bluefin Tuna
Sea eel sushi – Anago
- Lovely and soft, slightly smokey with a light glaze of sweet eel sauce.
- Melt in your mouth beautiful!
Masazuzhi 政壽司 Takashimaya
In a more chic environment, sitting on the 14/F of the popular shopping mall Takashimaya, is Masazushi. Luxe and comfort come to mind when you sit in this space, and at a higher price range than the Tsukiji Market sushi. Though more expensive, their quality of fish is excellent! Featuring superior cuts and seasonal produce, this sushi joint pays special care in allowing their ingredients to shine. Using simple seasoning and classic flavors, you can really appreciate the tastiness of their sushi!
left: Tokishirazu – summer season (young) salmon
- Soft and tender, and smoother than the ‘normal’ salmon.
- also has a sweeter finish. Worth a try!
right: Tamago – a favorite of both kids and adults!
left: Hotategai – Scallop : soy glaze, sweet and tender
right: Uni, sea salt :Lightly sprinkled sea salt adds a crunch and brings out freshness.
left: Chu-toro – fatty tuna: excellent marbling and melt in your mouth. YUM!
right: Amaebi– Sweet shrimp: Soft,sweet and fresh.
left: Sea eel sushi – Anago
- slightly more smokey than the analog from sushi say, still absolutely tender and melt in your mouth!
right: Chawamushi- steamed egg
- Fish and scallop at bottom of a very smooth custard