“A seafood diet is the best diet ever – whenever you see food, eat it!”
For many of the visitors going to Japan, one of the “must do” would be to visit the Tsukiji fish market, and to see the biggest tuna auction in the world! In order to do that, you will need to get up super early to line up for one of the 120 spots available each day. I’ve tried once arriving there at 5:00am, only to realized all the spots were already taken. (It starts at 6:00am, and I guess I was too naive to think that 5:00am would guarantee myself a spot)
Without the Tuna Auction, Tsukiji market is still a great place to experience the local Japanese market, and most importantly, to taste the freshest seafood in Tokyo!
One of my all time favourite is this family run restaurant called the “Sushikuni (鮨国)”! It is a small restaurant with simple decoration, nothing fancy, and it’s only got 4 tables plus a few counter seats in front of the sushi bar. But don’t let the simplicity fool you! This little restaurant is one of the most popular restaurant in the whole of Tsukiji, and you are expecting to line up for hours if you come here at lunch time!
Sushikuni is famous for their “over flowing sea urchin rice bowl” – the sea urchin is literally over flowing from the bowl! What makes this rice bowl so special is, not only the sea urchin is super fresh, the bowl actually contains two types of sea urchin, so you can double your sanctification! Other than the sea urchin rice bowl, they also have many different style of fresh seafood rice bowls, and a-la-carte available.
Okay, back to the main topic – “Over flowing sea urchin rice bowl” – The last time I went there, the sea urchins were both from Hokkaido, one wast the “Bafun uni”, and the other one was the “murasaki uni (purple sea urchin)”. I personally like the “murasaki uni” better as it tastes sweeter, but overall, they were both heavenly delicious!
The set comes with this overflowing sea urchin rice bowl, a miso soup, and a small dish of sea urchin. At 3200yen, it’s a definite bargain!!
Other than the overflowing sea urchin rice bowl, the oysters here are also highly recommended. There are two types of oysters on offer – The “Iwagaki”, and the “Magaki”. If you come here during summer, I would recommend the “Magaki”, and if you are here in winter, then better pick the “Iwagaki” as they are in season.
PS. For those who have not tasted sea urchin before and wonder what it taste like, I’d say it’s like a blob of watery jelly block with the flavor of the sea
PPS. The restaurant gets extremely crowded during the day. The best time to go is about half an hour before it opens in the morning
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 15:00; 17:00 – 21:00
Sunday & PH: 10:00 – 15:00
Closes every Wednesday