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Think of chazuke as porridge; it’s literally pouring dashi soup (or sometimes tea) over cooked rice. We found Komeraku こめらく at the foodcourt of Tokyo Dome City and although I shouldn’t be by now (hey I’m in Japan!), I was still pleasantly surprised by how good and wholesome my negitoro with onsen egg chazuke don was. By the way, this is a chain restaurant so you can also find outlets at Shinjuku and Ginza etc.

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I love kaiten sushi (conveyor belt sushi) in Japan. Of course, not every kaiten sushi restaurant is good; I do my research and you should too. The rewards: affordable prices, good quality, and fun interactions with the chef.

I go to Shibuya Hikarie quite often and ぐろ問屋 三浦三崎港 is a great find. As the name suggests, maguro (tuna) is the signature and I love the negitoro gunkan! The amount of negitoro is insane; I couldn’t stuff the whole sushi into my mouth. Kudos to you if you can!

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Lunching around Meguro is great as there are a lot of options and the office lunch crowd is not as crazy as the CBD area. My Japanese colleagues brought me to つきはし, a restaurant hidden on L4 of a building (sorry I don’t know the name). People who work around here obviously know this place; it was packed and we snagged the last table yay. My negitoro don was wonderful with plenty of leeks (which I love), natto, tororo (gooey grated yam) and a gorgeous onsen egg. 1,000円 well spent!

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I fasted for almost 18 hours because of a medical checkup this morning so being hungry was an understatement by lunch time. Plus the nurse withdrew three vials of my blood for testing so I was pretty desperate to feed myself well as a reward for enduring the needle. Enter まぐろだけ, a nondescript maguro (tuna) shop in Roppongi. The space is extremely small and cramped but who cares when their dons (rice bowls) are so delicious. I chose the 三色丼 with generous cuts of akami, toro and negitoro — all for 1,200円! Oh ya, the akami and toro were slightly salty though, probably been aged?

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I was planning to lunch at another sushi restaurant but when I got there, it was not there. Of course, I was upset as I hate having my meal plans disrupted. Seriously guys, DON’T trust addresses written on English articles/sites unless you absolutely have to. Your best bet is Tabelog, the Japanese version of Hungrygowhere/Burpple etc. I won’t make the same mistake again for sure.

Anyway. I consulted my (long) list of shortlisted restaurants, went to 鮨 たじま in Ginza and left very happy. The value is unbeatable — for 1.500円 (!!!),  you get a premium kaisen don with uni, ikura and negitoro, seasonal otsumami (mine was tako balls with yuzu), miso soup and green tea. And warm towel. What a wonderful hidden gem and I’m only sharing the name of this restaurant because I don’t think many will read my blog. And if you are reading this, you deserve to know 😀

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