7am Tuesday November 17th 2015 and we leave the apartment and head out for our first sushi experience in a small family run restaurant at the Tsukiji fish market. It was a bit of a risk going there when we don't normally eat raw fish, however it would be a real shame to miss the chance to experience the best sushi in the world, fresh from the sea. We had the added advantage of being treated by Ann, the best guide, cook and host in Tokyo.
We went for the B set, 8 pieces, two rolls, plus soup and tea. The small restaurant is a third generation business, with a counter seating about 12 people in a row. We sat at the end beside the kitchen from where we were served green tea and miso soup by the women working in there. Two chefs, could be father and son, prepared the sushi behind the counter and handed it over to us. We also got some pickled ginger on a small dish to help digestion. The sushi was really filling, I didn't expect to be almost full after after three pieces, but kept going though as this task had to be completed :)
I was really surprised that my favourite piece was eel even though it was hairy :( followed by tuna. I had difficulty with the raw squid, a real challenge and one for me to miss if I ever return. The meal was full of flavour, not sure it would be my favourite breakfast, but would definitely do it again as we really enjoyed the experience.
My Camera had to stay in the bag as no photos were allowed so I have no photos from inside, but here are a few taken on our way in.
Some Additional Information
Covers 58 Acres
- Registered employees 60,000 to 65,000
Number of motorised vehicles moving in the market daily: as many as 17,000
The tuna auction starts at 5:30, you can register to see it on the day.
100 tons of waste material is produced each working day
Annual Turnover 4.5 to 6.5 Billion US$
Up to 2,500 tuna of 150 different grades can pass through the market in a single day.
The record price, for a 222kg fish, was just over £1m.