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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jackie Dreams of Sushi

I've come a long way since my gag-worthy experience eating a generous portion of raw squid in one bite at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market sushi shop, Sushi Dai. It was just three years ago but I've grown an appreciation for sushi and now I'm eating the food that began as Japanese street food several times a week! My recent trip to Tokyo quickly became a sushi tour. We ate sushi at all price ranges and styles including omakase, stand-up, conveyor belt, etc. 
We took the train from Shinjuku to Tsukiji before the sun came up one morning. We dodged motorized carts that came at us from every angle as we made our way through the fish market. I can't believe tourists are even allowed in there. It's fast paced and dangerous in an exciting way. We ate at Sushi Bun after much research prior to this trip. It was similar to the high quality of Sushi Dai and Daiwa without the three hour long wait. We got in at 7am after waiting just 15 minutes. No photos were allowed but I snuck a few shots of the perfect omakase they made us. The quality was the best I've ever had and the eel was especially outstanding! It was sweet and soft, almost like mousse. It's their specialty. The cost of this omakase was approximately $35 each.
Shibuya has some kooky shops and restaurants. We wound up eating at two different sushi joints. We went to a conveyor belt sushi spot called Genki. We ordered off an iPad and plates zipped around to the table. We had 19 plates of sushi and we spent less than $30. The quality wasn't on par with the Tsukiji omakase but it was still pretty good. The next Shibuya sushi spot was Uogashi Nihon-Ichi for a stand up meal. The sushi bar was set up without a single chair. It's meant to be a quick meal spot. The quality of fish here was pretty high but you wouldn't think so from the price. A 10-piece omakase set was only $15. We ate and ran. 
The day we left Tokyo we woke up early craving sushi. We found a 24-hour spot in a Shinjuku called Kizuna. The toro was great, so was everything else. It was reasonably priced and perfect for the jet-lagged traveler with 24-hour cravings. 
Sushi is my favorite food these days, and I partially blame the documentary 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' for this. Although we didn't get to visit Jiro's restaurant, his apprentice opened a sushi spot in New York City. Chef Nakazawa opened Sushi Nakazawa in the West Village and we had the chance to eat there last week. I'll post all about the incredible experience shortly!