What better way to start your January diet than eating raw fish all day long?! And the best place to do this is, of course, Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. It was the best sushi that we tested in Japan. Have a read about the other places we ate at in Japan.
I loved Tsukiji fish market. It has kept the old-school feeling of how a market should be, with an organised chaos of workers getting on with their day and tourists only slightly getting in the way. You can arrive at stupid o’clock in the morning if you want to be one of the lucky few that get to see the tuna fish auction. Or you can arrive at a reasonable hour and grab sushi for breakfast; beats your bowl of cornflakes any day. There are two streets filled with sushi restaurants to pick from, we went for the orange one but I’m sure that whichever one you pick you won’t be disappointed.
It was too early for beer, even for us, so we had lovely warming green tea.
There’s a menu with pictures outside so you can just point to what you want. We went for the ‘big set’ which is one of everything (3500¥), a tuna and salmon set (2500¥), and an extra helping of uni (500¥; sea urchin) because, obviously, one uni is never enough.
Watching the sushi masters at work is a sight to behold and you could almost come just for the show, almost. They welcome and say bye to everyone and also make jokes along the way, it doesn’t matter that we don’t speak the same language, these guys love what they do and you can feel it, which makes the experience even more magical.
The sushi was wonderful, of course, it was. The highlight for me was the uni, the best I have tried, it tasted just like the sea. For Paul, it was the tuna, specifically the fattest tuna, melt in the mouth heaven.
I would say that if you are in Tokyo, Tsukiji fish market should be at the top of your list, even if you are a vegetarian!