Tuesday, 08 January 2008
Tsukiji Fish Market
No. 8, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
The fish market in Tsukiji is very busy in the morning with the bustle of small carts moving crates of seafood around and people selling their catch. It is also a very popular tourist location for people interested in seeing the various types of sea creatures that are part of the Japanese diet.
There are a lot of moving carts so we had to be careful where we were walking. There are rumours that the fish market will be closed off from tourist in the near future as they get in the way of normal business.
The market is where you will find the fresh catch of the day.
Still moving shrimp:
Also around the fish market area are a number of sushi restaurants that open early and close just as early who serve some of the freshest sushi in Japan.
One that is well known and has been around for a while is Sushi Dai, also known as Sushi Bun. It is very tight and small inside so be sure to come early or be prepared for a long wait.
We weren't allowed to take pictures inside but here are a couple of quick shots for my readers.
Those leaves are what they serve our sushi on.
Some fresh fish eggs and sushi:
Unlike other sushi restaurants where you order sushi individually, Sushi Dai has a small number of packages where you will get whatever is fresh for that day. We had the cheapest package which was around $22 and there was enough food there to consider it dinner or a really big lunch. The fish were the freshest I've ever had. They were smooth and melted in my mouth. Most sushi had a bit of wasbi to give it that extra kick but too much to draw you away from the fish. They also served miso soup with a lot of small clams.
The sushi at Sushi Dai is the best I've ever had. Service is a bit rushed but with the number of people outside waiting and the tight seating area, you can understand why. I would definitely recommend coming here on your visit to the fish market.
Note: Sushi Dai is open from 6am-2:30pm, closed Sun/Holidays and market closed days (Tsukiji schedule - red days means closed)
Eric Tummy Points 4.5 out of 5