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!
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).
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.
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.