First things first when in Japan: Get some good sushi! There’s no place better for fresh raw seafood than at Tsukiji Market itself. Since Deb and I are veterans of the famous fish market, we allowed ourselves a slightly later start and set out for brunch with her friend Chris MacDonald.
On the way there, we saw a persimmon street vendor selling fruit and giving samples. This was too hard to resist! Now I know what persimmons are supposed to taste like, and these were huge, sweet (almost like candy) and juicy.
If you’re an uni lover, you may want to check out Uni Tora, an uni-centric restaurant in the Tsukiji Market area. Click here for great visual instructions on how to get there.
When you find the restaurant, you go up the stairs until you see the sign:
Meet the chef, who just goes by “Saeki.”
They have a map of Hokkaido to show where their Japanese uni comes from, but they also offer Russian, Canadian, and American uni so you can taste the difference.
Tsukiji Uni Tora Kurau (うに虎喰)
4-10-14 Kato Shijo 1F, Tsukiji Chuo-ku, Tokyo
That night, we went to an omakase dinner at Sushi Aoki in Ginza, on recommendation from my friend Yasuo Ogawa.
I know you’re going to ask me: Was it worth it? Hard to say, since there are so many good sushi restaurants in Tokyo. This one was nice and was popular with people entertaining clients, but not pretentious at all. If you’re looking for an upscale experience in Ginza, though, this is a good option, and they allow photos.
Sushi Aoki Ginza Honten
Takahashi Building, 2nd Floor
7-4, Ginza 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Up next: Exploring Nakano Broadway and returning to Narukiyo for dinner! To see more of my photos from this trip, click here.
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