Found a pretty good sushi lunch spot in Ginza. Located in a back alley behind the Matsuya Ginza Department store, this is a hidden but popular place amongst Japanese businessmen and OLs. It’s easy, good, and affordable. We came here on a weekday right when the restaurant opened and we were 3rd in line. The line was a lot longer when we came out after eating though.
Pictured above are the “Zukeana Chirashi/づけ穴ちらし” (1200yen) and “Tokusen Chirashi/特選ちらし” (1500yen). The Zukeana Chirashi comes with Anago + Tuna but all sorts of yumminess is hidden underneath the rice plus it even includes a soup and all this for only 1200yen. The Tokusan Chirashi comes with a whopping 16 pieces of sushi + soup for only 1500yen and it was quite filling- I almost couldn’t finish my lunch. This is a nice option for those of you who are already in Ginza and feel like eating sushi for lunch.
Lunch Hours // 11:30am – 2:30pm
Address // 3-8-15, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3564-8601
Website // n/a
We hadn’t had sushi in a while and had a craving for it so we did some research and decided to try this place and surprisingly had a great experience.
Ordered the “Matsu Nigiri Lunch Set” for 2500yen. The set comes with a starter, miso soup, pickles, chawanmushi/茶碗蒸し, 8 pieces of sushi, tamgao, negitoromaki (6 pieces), and a small dessert. Best of all, we didn’t have to stand in line or wake up early to eat there like we would have had to in Tsukiji. There were lots of locals dining there during lunch time and I have to say we were quite full and satisfied after our meal.
Here are their Nigiri/Chirashi lunch sets which are served only between 12pm-2pm for this special price:
– Ume(梅) 1500yen
– Take(竹) 2000yen
– Matsu(松) 2500yen
– Tokujyo(特上) 3000yen
If you’re looking for a decent sushi restaurant near Meguro-ku with quality fish at an affordable price, check out Yoshikan.
Address // 3-16-19, Takaban, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Phone Number // 03-3793-6261
Website // http://www.susi-yoshikan.jp/index.html
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://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp/
This is a Bonus post. From time to time I may share some of the sights in Tokyo just for fun :)
According to Tripadvisor.com, Tsukiji Fish Market is the #1 thing to do when you visit Japan. From a Japanese person’s perspective, I’m not sure why this became #1, but I finally visited the fish market for the first time myself, and wow it was definitely an experience.
Tsukiji Fish Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. For some time, the market actually banned foreigners from visiting because of an increase in sightseers and the associated problems they cause. The place is so busy/non-stop with fisherman doing their business that now I definitely understand why having tourists trying to take pictures and wandering around their work-site is causing them trouble. In fact, I was showing my friends around who came from out of town and I got pushed out of the way by one of the workers because I was standing in his way, and my friends got yelled at because they were too close to a tuna taking pictures…sigh. So if you ever visit the Fish Market, I highly advise you to go through it without getting into the workers way and GET OUT quick!
There are plenty of other things to do in the ‘Tsukiji Market’, the first part of the craziness you see when you exit the metro (before you arrive at the Fish Market). The “Tsukiji Market” is where there are hundreds of little restaurants where you can actually sample the super fresh seafood that is sold in the Fish Market next door.
If you are looking for a Sushi Restaurant in the area, I wrote a post about one in the area which I recommend, Sushi Sei.
Address // 5-2-1, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan (map)
Website // www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm