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Happy birthday to me!!! I’m all ready to splurge in omakase style at Sushiya すし家, one of the up and coming artisan sushi restaurants in Tokyo. Chef Takao speaks good English so that’s a plus! Dinner consists of 10 otsumami and 13 pieces of sushi before ending with a slice of pudding-like tamago #mindblown

I love everything except the hirame (flounder) and ika (not a fan of squid) sushi. The otsumami are wonderful: water shield (amazing texture, we drank it like a soup), shiroebi with fish guts (sounds gross but tasty), kegani (hairy crab peeled and stuffed back into the shell!), hotaru ika (one of the highlights for me as it’s my first time trying firefly squid), bafun uni, aburi bonito, toro cheek (this is so tender!), ankimo liver, grilled nodoguro and the signature aged mackerel roll.

Then the sushi other than flounder and ika (both too chewy): buri (yellowtail), masa (the trout looks dark because Chef dunks the whole thing in a bowl of marinade), three cuts of tuna (I really really like the tuna cuts here; even the leanest akami sushi melts in the mouth, let alone chutoro and otoro), ebi, kohada (another first for me!), aji, baby scallop, uni (amazingly clean tasting, I’ve never had uni like this before), anago and lastly the tamago.

Omg the tamago! I want two next time! (hinting to K hahaha because I’ve made a reservation for us next week yay!)

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K and I once queued at Midori Sushi Ginza 梅丘寿司の美登利銀座店 for more than 2 hours omg. The quality is not worth such a long queue but I guess we like to do crazy things like that. Compared to the kaiten sister restaurant, I prefer the “proper” sushi branches because the set menu is of great value and the staff is always willing to accommodate my un-Japanese-ish “I want to change A for B” requests. My first visit to Midori was in 2011 and kudos to them for maintaining the consistency over the years. Anago, chutoro and the complimentary kani miso salad are the best here!

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Like Midori SushiUoriki 魚力 is one of those reliably good sushi joints reserved for days when I just want sushi and I don’t feel like exploring somewhere new. Tourists flock here (it’s Shibuya!!), but locals dine here as well so I won’t say it’s super touristy. The menu has a selection of fixed sushi platters and dons but I prefer ordering my favourites a la carte — anago, chutoro, hotate, kani, uni, negitoro, otoro, tamago, ikura, ebi. Sounds good right! Very pleased with my choices except kani and ebi (not fresh enough) so will skip those next time.

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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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Another work lunch, this time at Midori Kaiten Sushi 回し寿司 活美登利. I’ve been to Midori Sushi at Shibuya and Ginza numerous times but this is the first at their kaiten outlet. As usual, there’s a queue and we had to wait (single diner gets seated very fast!) before it’s our turn. Quality is good considering the affordable prices; my favourites are the huge slab of anago and aburi salmon.

(and yes, one kani miso gunkan sushi is missing in the photo because I was too hungry!)

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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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