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Sushi Saito in Tokyo for lunch or other sushi places in Tokyo for $50-75pp?

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v1cky84 Feb 16, 2012 08:45 AM

Hi Chowhounders,

I've started being a lurker recently when I began planning my trip to Japan at the end of May. I've read a lot of good reviews on Sushi Saito and further research showed that the restaurant has lunch set price at 5500JPY per person. Is that true? I wish my budget allows me to eat at Sawada but that's not possible at the moment. All I can afford for one expensive sushi meal would be anywhere from $50-75pp and it seems like the lunch menu would be more affordable than dinner menu at the expensive restaurants. Also, do I need to make reservation for lunch in advance? Is there a minimum price requirement for reservations at Sushi Saito? Any recommendation for other sushi restaurants in that price range just in case if Sushi Saito is booked?
I'd appreciate your feedback. Many thanks in advance :)

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    akated Feb 16, 2012 08:11 PM

    i called on the 2nd of february for a lunch reservation in march, only to be informed that they are fully booked for the month of march (i understood from an earlier phone call to them in january that you can only make reservations 2 months in advance, starting on the 1st of every month). so yes; you will probably need to make a reservation for lunch at saito, unless you are prepared to wing it and hope that someone will cancel his/her reservation.

    in any case, i think it was mentioned on these boards that the 5500 set is nowhere as brilliant as the 20000+ yen omakase. so you might want to take that into consideration when choosing a lunch place (i.e. don't be too despondent if you can't get a seat).

    Ninisix has mentioned quite a number of sushi places for lunch that will fit your budget in many previous posts, so you might want to search for them.

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      v1cky84 Feb 16, 2012 09:31 PM

      Thank you for your response akated. I'll do some more research on the 5500 set at Sushi Saito. How about Sushi Kyubey lunch set? Thank you for telling me about Ninisix's sushi places for lunch. I'll read through them to find recommendations.

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        Ninisix Feb 17, 2012 02:20 AM

        You can have a max(!) choice on sushi at lunch on the price range.. For exemple, with one Michelin star, and on Kanesaka group, the one i recommend over Kanesaka or Sushi Mao is sushi Iwa, lunch omakase starts at 4500.-yens second one at 7500.-yens... after another one star sushi affordable at lunch will be sushi Shimizu in Shimbashi at 5500yens or 8500yens.. After Sushi Kyubei, in Ginza, is a big 5 floor sushi, and referee by the owner who became famous, but style will be quite impersonal in compare to the intimate seating you can have in small and traditional sushi places.. 

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          v1cky84 Feb 17, 2012 11:11 AM

          Thank you for your response Ninisix. I think I'm gonna have my hotel concierge call & make reservation for me. How far in advance should I reserve Sushi Shimizu or Sushi Iwa? Also I found the reviews on tablelog using google translation but I want to make sure that it's the right restaurant. Do you mind confirming it for me?
          Sushi Iwa http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13050940/
          Sushi Shimizu http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...
          Thank you so much :)

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            Ninisix Feb 19, 2012 08:22 PM

            The links are correct, sushi Iwa is a small L counter with only 7 seatings..and Sushi Shimizu I will recommend it also at lunch, but it is very difficult to find, so it will be better to print the map as the alley where is located is very small..

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              v1cky84 Feb 20, 2012 06:43 PM

              Thank you for the tip Ninisix. I was looking at google street view and it seems like in order to get to Sushi Shimizu, I have to go into the alley between a restaurant and "Tokyo Bunnix"? Is that correct? What's the easiest way to get there from the Shimbashi station? Thank you so much for your help.

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                Ninisix Feb 21, 2012 05:16 AM

                At Shimbashi station, take the Karasumori exit, take the large street in front of you with Top's mark (on left side of the street, a large sign on top of a building). Go straight (cross one large street) until you reach a 'cafe de crie' (on right side), you turn on your right before that cafe, then take the narrow alley on your right before a shop 'Golf Do'. Your sushi 'Simizu' is on the right side of that small alley, with white wood mark..

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                  v1cky84 Feb 21, 2012 11:04 AM

                  Thank you so much Ninisix. I really appreciate your help. My husband and I will be there in May so I'll let you know how it goes. :)

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                    v1cky84 Feb 22, 2012 09:31 PM

                    I requested my hotel concierge to reserve sushi Shimizu for me but the concierge was told that the restaurant only takes reservation on the day of :(
                    The restaurant also told her that they don't have an English menu (which I expected...not a problem) so I'm assuming the 8500 yen menu is an omakase lunch set menu, right? Would I be okay if I just say hachi dai oyaku yen omakase chushoku?
                    I hope they will have seats available on the day that we plan to go there. Thanks again.

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                      Ninisix Feb 23, 2012 01:44 AM

                      reservation on last day works, that is what I sometimes do ... I think you can ask in English for the omakase at 8500.-yens. if not, in Japanese, it will be 'hasen gohyaku en no omakase o onegaishimasu'. If you want a supplement, ask for the 'ni-iki (boiled squid)' or 'uni (sea urchin)'... supplement was not as expensive as at other sushi-yasan i have experienced.. Don't worry to be lost in translation, they are very nice... and there is a nice smiling girl assistant..      

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                        v1cky84 Feb 23, 2012 01:11 PM

                        You are so awesome Ninisix. Thank you so much for your help. :)

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                          Hanare Nov 4, 2012 01:22 AM

                          V1cky84,how was the 8500 yen lunch at Shimizu?Apart from the quality of the sushi,how was the atmosphere and was any English spoken?

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