Sushi Tatsu, Hiroshima (Day 3 Japan)
For dinner, it was kaiten sushi (conveyor belt sushi). We were in the neighborhood called Midorii in north Hiroshima city and this place is known for its value and quality. Let me see if I can remember all we had... aji (horse mackerel), saba (mackerel), salmon shirako (milt), ankimo nigiri, amaebi, kuruma ebi, engawa (the meaty part of a fluke's fin), mirugai, aburi salmon, modori katsuo (bonito), namako (sea cucumber), ika, toro, tamago (egg), akadashi (red miso soup), chicken karaage, shiratama dango for dessert. While nothing was really out of this world, it was quite good for the price. Last year when we tried to go to Sushi Tatsu, there was an hour-long wait, so we decided to find another kaiten place that wasn't worth mentioning. But this time, we made it early enough to be seated within a quick 15 minutes. Kaiten sushi in Japan is no-frills, no-nonsense kind of eating. You pour your own tea from the teabags on the table and the hot water spout at the table, you get your own wasabi and gari (ginger) from containers on the conveyor, and of course, you just take what you like from the conveyor, and if you don't see something you want, you call over the nearest person and make a request, and it's there within a few minutes. A good kaiten sushi place is what every neighborhood wants. It serves as a place where families can go for something quick, fairly cheap, and a good value, and judging from its clientele, Sushi Tatsu serves this role. Loads of kids and mothers eating here. To get back to the food, the best items I sampled were the torched salmon belly, the katsuo (which was one of the daily specials), aji, saba, and the two kinds of shrimp. The final bill came to 7,000yen for 3, which is roughly $23 per person, with a few beers too. Here's a blog page with some photos.
Hiroshima-shi, Asaminami-ku, Midorii, 5-20-27