Sushi Daiwa at Tsukiji Fish Market – Try the heavenly otoro here!
A trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market. It is a wholesale fish market as well as one of the best places to get the freshest sushi in town. The price is not cheap though!
For those interested in the famous tuna auction, it begins at around 5am but you will have to register beforehand and there is a limit to the number of visitors allowed per day. You probably have to leave your hotel at about 4am and take a rather expensive taxi ride in order to see the tuna auction though.
I couldn’t wake up in the middle of the night since I only sleep in the middle of the night after finishing my work.
Be careful when walking around in Tsukiji Fish Market because these vehicles are travelling at a very fast speed and there are many of them around.
Walk around Tsukiji Market and check out what interesting stuff they sell.
They have dried goods as well as beautiful plates.
But the main reason I’m here and I believe is the same for many, is for the sushi! Take a walk around the market and you will easily know which are the popular ones, i.e. Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa.
The queue at Sushi Dai was extremely long and so I headed to Sushi Daiwa. The queue was also long and the wait was expected to be around 30 minutes. However, I managed to get in within 10 minutes. If you go alone, chances are that you’d score a seat faster than those with company.
Remember to bring cash because they don’t accept any cards here.
It’s not the most comfortable place to dine as it’s very squeezy. But, for the delicious sushi, it’s worth it.
Most of the patrons here order the Nigiri Sushi set with 1 rolled sushi and it costs 3500 ¥!
I thought that the sushi will be served at one go but it was served a few at a go. Hence, I could get a perfect shot.
Well, it’s time to indulge. I was first served Otoro and it was insanely good! It melted in my mouth! Look at the huge slice. If this was buffet, the otoro will definitely sell out!
Decided to keep the Uni (sea urchin) for last (save the best for last).
The sushi here is extremely fresh but it’s definitely not cheap.
As compared to other places, you can easily get a sushi set from 2500 ¥. You just have to go around exploring to find the gems. But if you have not been to Tsukiji for sushi before, I advise you to try it at least once!
It might probably be the best sushi you ever had in your life!
Tsukiji is said to be relocating in November 2016, so check out this place before they are gone!
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