Eat: Sushi Dai

Sushi again!

One of our most memorable meal in Japan was at the famous Sushi Dai, which relocated to Toyosu Fish Market from the famous Tsukiji Market. Sushi Dai is known for its 2+ hours wait for a coveted seat inside the small restaurant for the freshest fish one can have. I have heard that some people begin to line up at 2:30am just to get in the 5:30am first seating.

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The line up at 9:00am

The main draw to Sushi Dai is their value omakase. For 4500¥ (approximately $54CAD), you get 10 pieces of nigiri, tamago, sushi rolls and miso soup, and it’s the freshest fish straight from the fish market.

For Jeff and I, we rarely wake up early and line up for food, so it was obvious that we would not wake up at wee hours of the morning to eat sushi. We told ourselves that if the wait was more than 2 hours, we would go elsewhere. We got to the fish market just before 9:00am, placed our names on the list and then we were seated just quarter to 11:00am.

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Look at the Otoro!
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Miso Soup. It had fish in it, which I assume after prepping the fish, the bones and all goes in to the soup to create a delicious, complex miso soup.
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Sea Bream
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Horse Mackerel. This is the best Hose Mackerel I’ve ever had; mackerel sometime has a fishy taste to it, but this was so fresh that the fish was sweet. So good.
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Marinated Lean Tuna
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Sea Urchin
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Surf Clam. This was still alive; it curled the moment the chef placed it in front of me.
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Spanish Mackerel
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Tamago. It was nice and warm.
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Salmon Roe
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Anago (salt water eel)
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Cucumber and Tuna Rolls

Afterwards, you have a choice of an extra nigiri sushi of your choice. I went either Otoro, because I cannot get enough of it.

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We also got Scallop nigiri for an extra cost. It was freshly shucked from its shell. So good.

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I internally cried at every bite because it was so good, and may have felt delirious because I told Jeff that we should get married here. Is it worth it? Absolutely. However I would not wait 3+ hours for this.

Sushi Dai
6-5-1 Toyosu, Koto City
Tokyo 135-0061, Japan

Eat: Edogawa Naramachi (Nara, Japan)

After our Nara Park excursion, we found lunch at Edogawa Naramachi, known for their unagi (fresh water eel).

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The restaurant is a bit traditional, you must remove your shoes, wear provided slippers but you must remove the slippers once you enter the horigotatsu seating area. Unlike sitting on a tatami, which you must sit cross-legged or the OG-way: on your heels; the horigotatsu seating give you a tatami-seating feel, but with the sunken area beneath the table, it allows you to stretch out your legs.

Both Jeff and I chose set meals. At Edogawa, they prepare the unagi Tokyo-style where the eel is split open from the back, bones removed, pieces attached to bamboo skewers, lightly roasted over the fire and then steamed and basted in unagi sauce.

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Jeff ordered the Naramachi set meal (3000¥, approximately $35.50 CAD) – 2 pieces grilled eel, assorted tempura, sashimi, Japanese steamed egg custard (chawanmushi), soup, rice and pickles.
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My Eel Set Meal (2700¥, approximately $32 CAD) – 2 pieces grilled eel, 2 pieces eel omelet, sashimi, side dish, soup, rice and pickles

For lunch, it’s quite pricey, but the unagi was delicious.

Edogawa Naramachi
43 Shimomikado-cho,
Nara 630-8365, Japan