Japan 2016: Daiwa Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

Japan 2016: Daiwa Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

Arriving at Tsukiji Fish Market at 2am and being told that the tuna auction was full was dejecting but the good news was we were 3 hours early before the sushi restaurants open.  And before you ask the question, yes it was well worth the wait!  We were second in line at Daiwa Sushi located in the fish market.  With only 10 seats at the sushi bar we were served directly by the Master sushi chef.  We had a delectable 10 piece set of nigiri, maki (sushi roll) and tamago – but not on purpose, I’m embarrassed to say that they actually started us with a 7 piece set but because we kept sitting there after our 7th piece was served (and maybe a bit of lost in translation on my end), he kept on giving us more pieces until we reached our 10th piece 🙂  At the end of the day it was fantastic sushi and still the best sushi I’ve ever eaten (11 years later) – all for 4,100 yen.  Oh, and there’s also the fish market itself.  We had a lot of fun walking aimlessly through the narrow aisles as restauranteurs made their purchases for the day.  I’ll be sad to see this institution moved to its new location over the next couple of years.

Daiwa Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market.

Inside Daiwa Sushi, sitting at the 10 seat sushi bar and watching the chef prepare the sushi.

The first piece is maguro (bluefin tuna).

Second piece is amaebi (sweet shrimp).

Fresh uni was our third piece.

O-toro (fatty tuna belly) sushi and 6 pieces of tuna maki.

The sixth piece of the sushi course is squid.

Mackerel sushi was our 7th piece.

The 8th and 9th pieces were unagi (marinated eel) and tamago (egg).

The final and 10th piece was hotate (fresh scallop).

The madness of what is Tsukiji Fish Market.

Geoducks which are technically clams.

Fresh oysters.

Fresh scallops in their shells.

A fish monger filleting fresh fish.

Fresh fish guts.




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