Couldn't Reserve at Kyubey? Try These Fantastic Sushi Shops Instead
Kyubey is notoriously difficult to get a reservation at due to its storied history and excellent sushi. However, this is Tokyo! There are so many fantastic alternatives that will give you an equally amazing sushi experience. Here is a quick list of 5 alternatives.
Shimbashi Shimizu [Shimbashi]
Why choose Shimizu?
At Shimizu, reservations can only be made up to a week in advance. This means that customers don't have to wait months to get a seat, and allows for regulars of the shop to visit on short notice. It's not even unheard of to be able to get a seat on the same day that you call, although this is not typical.
Making a reservation (in Japanese) is required, and non-Japanese speakers must bring a Japanese speaker with them. Dining times are 12:00, 17:30, and 19:30.
Arrive on time and be prepare to be blown away by the experience. You will definitely want to come back!
Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven (羽田市場GINZA SEVEN) [Ginza]
Why choose Ginza Seven?
The price is also great. Whereas many high-end Ginza restaurants can easily be ¥20,000 per person for dinner, you can have a sushi platter with an all-you-can-drink sake option at Haneda Ichiba Ginza 7 for ¥10,000.
Sushi Kanesaka [Ginza]
Why choose Kanesaka?
Watching the chefs at Kanesaka form the sushi in front of you is an amazingly important part of the experience. They move with fluidity and grace, efficiently and masterfully forming each nigiri before placing it in front of you. The taste is, of course, fantastic, and it is only enhanced by being able to see the process of creation.
At the original location, the dinner course is from ¥30,000.
At the Palace Hotel location, you can choose from the standard dinner course for ¥15,000, or the omakase course for ¥ 22,000.
If you plan to visit either of the Kanesaka locations, you will need to make a reservation (well in advance). Note that the restaurant does not take reservations from overseas, so if you are not already in Japan, you'd be best to get a friend or your hotel to book a seat for you.
Why choose Isshin?
The sushi is, of course, super fresh. If you ask for the omakase (leave it to the chef) course, you can be sure that you will be treated to the best seasonal ingredients. The strong-tasting shari and the fresh toppings blend together wonderfully well, making this place one of the most reputable addresses for sushi among connoisseurs in the city.
Locals like to have the omakase course that includes "otsumami" (small side dishes). The otsumami plates include "chawanmushi" (savoury egg custard) and some grilled fish for instance.
Why Choose Tomoki?
As should be expected for any Michelin-starred restaurant, dining there is not cheap. Expect to pay at least ¥30,000 per person.
The 'omakase' (leave it to the chef) course, includes a few side dishes as well. Hairy crab (pictured below), skewered anago (sea eel) and uni (sea urchin) are among the scrumptious side dishes you can enjoy.
Granted, this place is not cheap, even for high-end sushi restaurants in Ginza, but for a special occasion, Tomoki is bound to give you one of the most memorable sushi experiences you will have.
To have the chance to eat at the prestigious establishment, making a reservation beforehand is a must.
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