I saw this place on TV a while back and ever since then I’ve wanted to try it. It’s a Kaitensushi place (conveyor-belt sushi), inside of soramachi and we got there right when the place opened at 11am. However, there was already a long line ahead of us (maybe 100 people?)… amazing how many people lined up before it even opened (The line was still long even after we finished eating…). However, Kaitensushi has a pretty fast turn-around time so we only waited about 40 mins and then got a seat.
This kaitensushi restaurant is originally from Hokkaido, where it’s famous for getting amazingly fresh and high quality fish with good portions so it’s easy to see why people in Tokyo are lining up to eat at this Tokyo location. I must say the cost performance is high and the service was good as well. It’s nice to have such a lively environment at a kaitensushi place where the sushi chefs cut the freshest fish of the day right in front of you, prepare it and then bring it directly to your table. This place also serves hamburg sushi, french fries, fruits, and desserts so non-sushi eaters can dine with you as well. Overall, I wouldn’t mind coming back if there wasn’t such a long line!
Address // Soramachi 6F, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-5637-7716
Website // http://toriton-kita1.jp/
Sushi Sei (寿司清 本店) is located in the middle of Tsukiji Market in a highly competitive sushi district which is right next to the Tsukiji Fish Market. People come here to eat the freshest sushi early in the morning to get the best of the best.
We randomly walked by this restaurant after checking out Tsukiji Fish Market and got very lucky that we were able to sit down at the counter without making reservations. Apparently Sushi Sei has a 2nd floor with table seating only, and a new location somewhere nearby – but this original location has the highest rating and they certainly had fresh fish.
We happend to pick a good time to go since they had a special New Years 11-piece sushi set menu for 2000 yen (the average price for a similar lunch set in this area is 3000~4000 yen). We ended up ordering a couple extra pieces aside from the special because we wanted even more of the yummyness. I’m sure all the sushi around this area is good but if you happen to walk by Sushi Sei, I recommend it (but make sure you sit at the counter!).
Address // 4-13-9, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3541-7720
Website // http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g183500/