5 Mostly Unknown Tokyo Sushi Bars With Incredibly Delicious Sushi
In Tokyo, the most famous restaurants are usually booked for months and incredibly expensive, but going into an unknown restaurant is unsettling. Don't worry! The sushi counters in this article all serve sushi delicious enough to merit fame, yet are still mostly unknown to tourists. Enjoy!
Sushi Tei Den (Ebisu Station)
The restaurant has one 9-seat sushi counter, and another smaller, 6-seat counter that can be reserved for a private sushi counter meal. If you have a party of 6 or fewer people, this is an incredible way to experience a high-end sushi dinner in a very intimate setting.
The menu at 'Den' consists of one omakase course, which means that everything is left up to the masterful chef. For ¥15,000, the course includes 14 pieces of sushi and 8 side dishes and is a luxurious and thoroughly satisfying meal that is a joy to experience.
Shigeru (Akebonobashi Station)
The omakase sushi course at Shigeru is just ¥6,500! The course includes 4 or 5 mouth watering tsumami dishes such as sashimi, steamed sushi (see picture below), and charred smelt. These are followed by 7 nigiri sushi pieces that are all phenomenal. One of the stand-outs has to be the torotaku (fatty tuna with pickled daikon), shown below. The umami will blow your taste buds away. The meal is finished off with a sweet tamagoyaki (egg), as is traditional. Until 9:00pm, diners are limited to the items on the course, but after 9:00, until the shop closes at 1:00am, guests are free to order additional items and relax while drinking lots of nihonshu (this place has GREAT sake)!
Takagaki no Sushi (Suitengumae Station)
This is a high-end sushi restaurant serving some of the most delicious sushi money can buy and as such, it is a bit on the pricier end. A meal at lunchtime will cost around ¥10,000, and it will be twice that at dinner time. The price is still not as high as the most famous sushi restaurants in Tokyo, but the quality is very similar. It's definitely worth the money for anyone looking for a high-end sushi meal.
Shimbashi Shimizu (Shimbashi Station)
Kunuhiro Shimizu, the chef at Shimbashi Shimizu seems to be truly passionate about making the best possible sushi for his customers, without getting caught up in the quest for fame or glory. He even turned down the opportunity to gain Michelin stars for his restaurant, because he wants to focus on delivering an outstanding product and service to his customers.
An omakase course here will only cost around ¥10,000, which is unheard of for sushi of this caliber.
Important note: non-Japanese-speaking guests need to be accompanied by a Japanese speaker, and the reservation needs to be placed on the phone in Japanese.
Sushi Kuriyagawa (Ebisu Station)
Chef Kuriyagawa's philosophy is to mix novelty with tradition. He uses red rice vinegar for instance, which is the traditional way to make 'shari' (rice of sushi) for Edomae sushi, but on the other hand, he also uses unorthodox 'neta' (sushi toppings) such as salmon and avocado. Another thing the chef is known for is his original side dishes. If you have an omakase (leave it to the chef) course it will include many of them. People say that they enjoy these just as much as his sushi.
This restaurant is pricey, but it's definitely an unforgettable experience. Lunch is between ￥6,000～￥7,999, and dinner is between ￥15,000～￥20,000.
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