Where else can you have the best sushi in the world but in Japan, and in Tokyo, you have a number of choices which fit anyone’s budget. Having excellent sushi does not always have to translate to an expensive dining experience.
Eating sushi does not only entail high quality of raw seafood but you also take into consideration excellent service, chefs who has trained for years to serve you the best sushi, the ambiance of enjoying the dish with an air of traditional Japanese setting, and the bill after dining.
Putting all of these onto the equation, your sushi experience will really depend on how much you are willing to spend for the sushi experience in Tokyo. But this great city offers you a wide array of choices which gives you excellent options without burning a hole on your pocket.
Here are some of the best Tokyo restaurants where you can satisfy your craving for sushi:
If you are going to Japan to experience the best sushi and are not afraid to spend a little more than usual for dining, then head to Sushi Mizutani located on the 9th floor of the Juno building in the Ginza district in Tokyo.
Mizutani is operated by a husband and wife tandem with Mr. Mizutani preparing the sushi and his wife entertaining the guests while waiting. You need to call a few months ahead to reserve a seat as it is only limited to only ten.
The quality of food is nothing but the best but uninitiated Japanese food fanatics might find it strange not to have a menu, raise browse for the very high prices, and might not be too comfortable with the cash only basis policy. Those who know sushi though will tell anyone that Mizutani is among the top notch sushi experience you can have anywhere in the globe. Sushi Mizutani has the nod of the experts and that is why it has three Michelin stars to boast.
Do not expect a conveyor belt when you go to Mizutani, the experience is extremely traditional Japanese dining. The chef does not speak English by the way.
Lunch will cost you around 15,000 yen while dinner may cost around 20,000 yen.
If you are in Tokyo and wake up wanting some sushi for your breakfast, then head to Sushi Dai which is just a few hops from the fish market in the district of Tsukiji. The location guarantees the freshest of seafood, not only in Japan but maybe in the whole world.
Mornings in Tsukiji means chaos as fish traders do their thing but most of this crowd head to Sushi Dai to sample servings of the best catch of the day which are mostly sold to restaurant owners and chefs in Tokyo.
If you plan to eat some sushi in Sushi Dai, clear your schedule for the morning since the queue for a table involves a two hour wait. Just think of the feast after the long wait and standing in line will be worthwhile.
Aside from the extreme freshness of the seafood, the Sushi Dai experience ends with a reasonable tab. A good meal will only cost you around 3,675 Yen.
Fukuzushi is a family restaurant founded in 1917 located in the back streets of the district of Roppongi in Tokyo. This is an ideal destination for families, business meetings, and groups since the restaurant is quite spacious compared to the sushi bars that you will see around Tokyo. Fukuzushi has a lounge area and a bar.
The restaurant frequently plays host to some of the most popular entertainment celebrities and personalities of Japan. The current master chef of Fukuzushi learned all his skills while under the watchful eyes of his grandfather and father.
If you will be near the counter it will be fun and amazing to watch the master chef and his team of assistants prepare the dishes. The chef knows how to please his clients but maintains the sense of pride of a great sushi chef. Every piece of nigiri is carefully prepared with the right amount of soy sauce and wasabi so you do not need more shoyu.
The chef pays attention into every small detail during the preparation of the sushi. He even cuts the nigiri into two to make smaller pieces for women who may find it difficult to chew a big slice of fish.
A good lunch will set you back for 2,625 Yen while dinner may range from 6,300 to around 8.400 Yen.
You can find this small sushi restaurant just across the embassy of the US in Akasaka. Call way in advance as the place is booked up months in advance. Sushi Saito only has seven seats and the young chef make sure every diner leaves his restaurant satisfied.
This place also has the nod of world with its three Michelin stars. The best time to go here is lunch time though and be ready to pay around 5,500 yen for a good Japanese seafood and seasoned rice experience. Dinner is around 15,000 yen. Yes, it is not far from being cheap but you will know why it is worth it when you experience it.
The chef of Sushi Sato does not speak much English but tries his best to talk to every customer. If you do not know Japanese, it will be best to reserve thru your hotel concierge or someone who speaks Japanese.
Sushi Zanmai is a sushi chain that has around thirty branches that brings sushi to anyone who might have the craving but is on a budget. You can visit one of their branches, any time of the day and any day of the year.
Some of the branches serve their sushi goodies over a counter or on a sit-down style setting. Expect wood, paper lanterns, and maybe a conveyor belt or kaiten from which you can pick your food.
The quality of the dish and the kind of service might not be at par with the other famed restaurants in Tokyo but its a good starting point for those who is training their palate for Japanese food and for those who cannot allocate a few thousand yen for a sushi experience during their Japan trip. Do not worry though the quality of food is still good and the prices will not hurt your budget.
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