Updated: April 17, 2019
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Michelin-Star Sushi Prepared By An English Speaking Chef!

Ginza

Relatively new to the Ginza sushi scene, Arai is an elite, Michelin-starred sushi restaurant offering some of the best tuna pieces around. On top of that, English speakers are able to talk directly to the chef at the second counter!

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What Sets Arai Apart?

The Tuna

Arai is well known for its exceptionally high-quality maguro (bluefin tuna). Maguro is many people's favorite sushi already, but chef Arai takes it to a new level. He varies the shari (sushi rice) recipe based on the flavor of that day's tuna, and is known for the specialty cuts of tuna that he serves.

An English-Speaking Chef

Because of its huge popularity, the restaurant opened a second counter a couple years ago that primarily serves foreign guests. This counter is run by a sous-chef who is fluent in English and therefore able to make friendly conversation with guests while explaining the various intricacies of each piece of sushi. Some may lament the fact that they cannot be served by chef Arai, but most customers seem to enjoy the ability to fully interact with their sushi chef. Plus, the quality of the sushi is almost the same, so the trade-off is worth it.

Classic, Perfect Sushi

The sushi at Arai is served in Tokyo's famous "Edomae" style. Instead of fresh, caught-the-same-day fish that you might imagine when you think of sushi, Edomae sushi traditionally uses fish that has been marinated for several days.

The price of a meal is about what you'd expect for a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant. Lunch starts at around ¥15,000, and dinner from ¥30,000.

Despite the relatively young age of the chefs at Arai, the sushi here is very traditional and completely delicious. The pieces are a bit larger than standard nigiris, and use the highest quality of fish that can be obtained. Diners here are guaranteed to go home feeling deeply satisfied with their experience.

The Shop

Simple and sparsely decorated, it's clear that the focus at Arai is on the quality of the sushi. The shop is small, with two counters and a small room for private parties. The smaller, second counter seats 5 guests, creating a very personal experience. You will feel welcomed as soon as you enter, and will leave feeling happy!

Visiting

Arai is located about 5 minutes walking from Tokyo Metro's Ginza Station (Exit A5).

A reservation here is a must. If you plan on visiting, try to make your reservation well in advance (at least 1 month) if possible.

Happy sushi-ing!
DeLong
I live in west Tokyo and spend most of my time thinking about food or going bouldering.

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