Whenever I go to Japan I always wonder where do locals go for good, affordable sushi? I finally found one place in Ginza that answered my question.
We arrived at 11:00 am to this long queue. We waited/sat for 1 1/2 hours until we got our tables. Our mistake was requesting for a table for six which was why we waited so long. We later told them to give us two tables for 3 each to make it easier. The restaurant was only a few blocks from our Courtyard Tokyo Ginza Hotel.
We entertained ourselves by watching one man load up this high tech garbage truck with all sizes of carton and styro boxes. The truck crushed all the boxes quickly and pushed it in. The guy worked fast and was so efficient.
Across the street I saw all these restaurants in one building. I’ve never been to this part of Ginza.
No wonder the lines are long. Look at all that sushi for about P1,000 and less.
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Three of us sat inside a small room while the other three were just outside.
The menu was in Japanese but you can easily order by pointing at the pictures.
The three of us were so hungry so we each ordered the mother of all sushi sets and the most expensive for ¥2,800 or P1,200 or US$26. So cheap!!!
They gave us 3 sets on one plate and in batches of sushi. On this plate are two kinds of tuna and I’m not sure about the other two. They were all fresh and delicious.
The next plate had my favorite uni (sea urchin) and ikura (fish roe). I didn’t eat the tamago (egg) and natto (fermented soybeans) because I was too full already.
I thought this was the last plate. It had akagai (ark shell), amaebi (shrimp), fish roe?, and crab leg.
I thought that was it until 3 plates of my favorite anago (sea eel) sushi arrived. They usually top the rice with a small piece of fish so I was surprised at how generous they were.
It’s crazy! 3 hand rolls filled with tuna arrived soon after. I couldn’t handle all the food. Honestly the sushi tasted better than the meal I had at Tsukiji Market’s Sushi Bun (my post got deleted) where I queued for more than an hour where I paid more money for less food.
The uni and other sushi were not at par as the ones I had at Sushi Iwa but for the price it was definitely a great deal and much better than any I’ve had in Manila.
The crab was so sweet and it was my first time to try raw crab leg sushi.
Because Pat (in green) doesn’t eat raw fish they ordered only 1 sushi set like ours to share.
This is what it looks like all in one plate.
They also ordered a couple of sushi rolls which they said were big, good and filling. As well as broccoli topped with cheese.
We left around 2:00 pm and there was still people waiting. You must definitely try this gem in Ginza and don’t waste your time standing in line in Tsukiji market. At least here you can sit and wait and you’ll get more bang for your buck. Promise.