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Feb 20, 2011 03:54 PM

Quest for the best sushi in Tokyo

My husband and I will be in Tokyo for the first time this March. We have just four nights and we hope to find the best sushi. We're thinking it would be fun to eat one night at a one star, the next at a two star and finish of course with a three star experience. We don't speak Japanese, so Sukiyabashi Jiro Honten isn't an option. thanks for any advice!

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  1. I am not sure it makes a lot of sense to categorise your sushi experiences like that. The ratings are controversial at best, and which restaurants you will enjoy will probably mainly depend on what kind of sushi you enjoy: Kanesaka does amazing shiroebi, Mizutani's young squid is out of this world, Sushi Saito is proud of his tuna and so on. The various sushi masters all have their specialties, their rice differs etc and if you think that there will somehow be a clear progression quality-wise from one star over two star to three star, you will almost definitely be disappointed.

    There is an enormous amount of information on the chowhound Japan forum on all sorts of sushi places - I would suggest you do a search, see what appeals to you and then ask specific questions about places that seem to suit your taste buds (e.g., if you don't like raw shellfish but love, say, mackerel, perhaps you will prefer to focus on places that are said to serve particualrly good mackerel, while focusing less on those whose pride and joy is raw shellfish).

    1. How about you include one without a star ? Maybe it turns out to be your best sushi meal in Tokyo !

      1. Three sushi dinners in a row? Are you sure that is not too much? See, I was planning something like this before I arrived here in Tokyo. I love sushi and was at Sawada last night, and it was surreal, and it made me feel elated, and the 70,000 JPY tab was worth every Yen, and on and on, but I dont think I want sushi tonight. It is just that this amazing city has so much to offer that you will be missing out. In fact, I just called Kyubei and cancelled my reservation there. I want to try something else instead. I say give yourself some room for options.

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        1. re: shekamoo

          Can I ask you if 70k was pp? And including drinks?

          1. re: MattR

            for two people, very little of it was for the drinks

        2. Thank you Asomaniac, skylineR33 and shekamoo! I've refined this post and created a new one with much more specific recommendation requests. We arrive in 28 short days and I can hardly wait!

          1. You will be overwhelmed with choices.
            While slightly touristy, why not do a sushi breakfast at Tsukiji? Daiwa or Sushi-bun for example.

            IMHO its wonderful and a cheaper than a sushi dinner (depending on the place of course).

            IMHO Tsukiji is a must for the foodie sight seer in Tokyo for the first time.

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            1. re: AdamD

              You are right, Tsukiji is a must. But be careful and keep the eyes in back of your head open, or you can be run down by a fast forklift driver.

              1. re: AdamD

                First-time sightseers should note that Tsukiji Inner Market (the part with the forklifts) is only open to the public from 9am (other than the restaurants). The Outer Market is open from 5am however.

                1. re: Robb S

                  When did that the times change. I was in the inner market at 5 Am, and at the tuna auction, however it was several years back.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    The restrictions, as i have heard, have been in place in 2011. So it is better to subscribe to a tour organised by Tsukiji :