Adventures in East Asia

Tsukiji Fish Market Part 4 - Freshest Sushi in the World at Daiwa Sushi Restaurant

We couldn't visit the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo without sampling some sushi there. It's got to be the freshest and most authentic sushi in the world coming from within the market itself!


In our Tokyo Lonely Planet City Guide, Daiwa Sushi is recommended, so we searched within the Wholesalers Market to find the place.

Daiwa Sushi Restaurant

Daiwa Sushi was on a little street alongside other sushi restaurants, most of which had queues. We had a little difficulty identifying which restaurant it was at first, since none of the signs seemed to be in English. However, we had the name written down in Japanese so were able to work it out.

Here's Linh standing outside the entrance - a closed door until a customer leaves or enters.


Incidently, there are two Daiwa Sushi restaurants side by side. Each is manned by the father and son owners of the business, and both are helped by their assistants.


Getting into Daiwa Sushi

We joined a short queue at the entrance, and it didn't take more than ten minutes before we were ushered inside by a hurried female waitress. The Daiwa Sushi we entered was the one run by the father, whose white hair was the only giveaway as to his age - a well preserved and healthy man, judging from his super smooth skin (!). We felt priviledged to have been seated right next to his chopping block and it was from his fingers that our sushi came from.

Sushi Ordering

As soon as we were seated and given cups of hot green tea, Daiwa man asked if we were happy with ordering the set meal. His English was broken of course, but we weren't afraid to check our options first. Browsing the menu, which came with English-friendly labels and photos, we did eventually go for the set meal. Daiwa man's easy-going manner won us over.

Daiwa Sushi Service

His expert service was definitely different to any other sushi place we'd been to. Serving several customers at once, his manner was relaxed enough to create his sushi pieces ad-hoc, passing his hands over the low glass partition to smudge the sushi pieces onto each diner's wooden serving board.

Sushi Set Menu Contents

The set meal we had came with a total of eight pieces. These consisted of horse mackerel, yellow tail, tamago, tuna rice rolls, tuna nigiri, salmon roe, prawn and sea urchin. All were deliciously served at room temperature. Warmer than we were used to, but surprisingly easy to get used to quickly. We both enjoyed the lot with the exception of the sea urchin. We'd never tried it before and weren't keen on the slushy taste and texture.

Check out this video below for the view from our table:

The pieces seemed to come in no particular order and when we were still due a couple of sushi, he would check whether all were served. At one point, we still had to ask him for a missing piece, but all was forgiven when he flashed a cheeky but warm, fuzzy smile at us.

Sushi for breakfast doesn't sound like an ideal meal for some people, especially when considering it as cold, raw seafood, consumed first thing in the morning. But it went down, and stayed down surprisingly well. We had no problems with digesting the Daiwa sushi either and in fact developed a good appetite a few hours later, in time for lunch.

The Menu Price at Daiwa Sushi

The only thing we balked at during our whole sushi experience was the price. At 3,500 JPY (£23.60) per person, its alot more expensive than sushi in the city, but for a fresh, one-off meal at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, its not bad.

Leaving Daiwa Sushi and the Wholesalers Market, we headed away from the direction of the river towards the Tsukiji Outer Market.


More photos of the Tsukiji Fish Market gallery on Flickr

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