I left the best for last on my Tokyo posts. This was my favorite meal of the trip. It was also my favorite last year.
Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is famous. If you get
up early enough, you might be able to get in and
see the tuna auctions. By early I mean like 4am!
We decided not to try to get into the auctions
but we definitely wanted to have the famous sushi
breakfast. Last year we got there a little later
and went to Daiwa Sushi because it had a shorter
line. This time I was ready to go earlier to get
into Sushi Dai. This is the most popular place
for super fresh sushi in the market. It opens at
5AM so we planned to get there before then. I
specifically booked our hotel within walking
distance to the market since the subway doesn't
run until 5AM.
We left the hotel at 4:30AM. The walk took about
20 minutes. When we reached the front of the
market people were already hard at work. An older
gentlemen stopped us and asked us what we were
looking for. I told him sushi. He said "to eat?".
Me: "yes!" He then gestures to the back of his
cart and told us to hop on! How cool!!! He gave
us a VIP ride through the market and dropped us
off right in front of the restaurant. Probably
one of the most memorable experiences of the
trip. And super sweet of him to do so. Not only
did we get to ride on one of those carts through
the market, we also cut about 15 minutes out of
our walk time to the restaurant. And it allowed
us to get in line sooner! By the time we got
there (4:55AM), there was already a decent amount
of people waiting. The place wasn't even open
It took us almost an hour in line until we were
seated. That's crazy! I was starving by then.
haha. The sushi place seats about 15 people and
there were 3 sushi chefs working away. When we
finally got in there, we were sooo excited! We
both got the 10 piece set with miso soup for
The sushi chefs were in great spirits and had
lots of energy. They were able to tell us the
English names of each piece we got.
Here we go!
Bluefin Tuna (belly)
Egg. This was on the house. The egg was fluffy
and sweet. Super delicious.
Uni. Love me some Uni!!! Sooo fresh, creamy and
Horse Mackerel. Never had this before. It was
spectacular. And the colors are so beautiful. One
of my favorites of the day.
Surf Clam. Before they serve it, the chefs would
hit the top of the clam. So when they set it
down, the piece would move like it's alive!
Bluefin Tuna (meat around the bones). I
liked this cut of tuna better. It was more flavorful. :)
Baby Shrimp. Never had this before either. Tiny
pieces of shrimp. Kind of flavorless.... not the
best out of the bunch.
Tuna and Cod Roe Rolls
Sea Eel (Anago). The eel was so tender...melts in your mouth! It's not
like any eel you get in the states slathered in
that sauce. Good stuff!
It's been an amazing day and it wasn't even 7AM
yet! haha. First we get a special ride to the
restaurant, then we get this amazing meal. THEN..
the sushi chef told us we each get to pick a
piece from all the ones we just tried and we get
another piece of that on the house!!! I dunno if
everyone got this but I didn't notice anyone else
getting an extra piece. So I'll assume we got
special treatment! :D The sprinkles on an already
awesome cake. hehe. I chose the Horse Mackerel
and the bf chose the Eel. Both just as
spectacular as the first piece.
I DEFINITELY recommend waking up super early to
experience this in Tokyo. The best and freshest
sushi I've every had in my life. And a fraction
of the cost of going to any other upscale sushi
place in Japan. :) I miss it so much!!
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