Reasonable Sushi and other Tokyo Recommendations
Hello Japan Chowhounders,
I'm heading to Tokyo over the 4th of July weekend and pretty clueless....
My husband and I absolutely love Sushi, but the recommendations I keep seeing here seem to be for $300+ per person meals. Anyone know of reasonable sushi recommendations?
We basically have 2 nights and 3 full days in Tokyo and would love to hear what types of food you think are a must to try while there.
I would obviously prefer to not eat in touristy places, but don't speak a word of Japanese, so not sure how realistic it is to eat in a place that is really authentic?
And since we are only about a week and half out, how realistic is it to get reservations? are they necessary? i'm usually a huge planner, but this trip came up at the last minute.
Thanks in advance--these boards are the best!
There are several stand-up sushi bars in Shibuya that are inexpensive and pretty good. Some of the local hounds may be able to give addresses - I stay at the Excel Shibuya (above the train station) and the 2 places I've been to are within a few blocks of the hotel....that would be a cheap way to satisfy some of the sushi cravings, but not a replacement for a full-on high end experience
Kyubey is popular with the Japanese and is centrally located in Ginza. Go for lunch. You can show up without a reservation. Very nice and usually someone behind the counter will speak a little English.
Also, Nihonbashi Yukari for a great kasieki dinner. I believe it starts at $100 per person. Chef Kimio Nonaga was the 2002 Iron Chef winner, beating Morimoto.
Finally, for a kaiseki lunch, starting at about $60, Tsukiji Tamura:
www.tsukiji-tamura.com/oryouri/ohiru_... (shows photos of a typical lunch)