Thankfully someone that we had met in the tuna auctions recommended that the line was worth it for Sushidai. And it absolutely was!
We had made friends during the morning so there were seven of us that waited in line together for the 2 1/2 hours before experiencing this meal. It was great to have that many of us as a couple people could go walk around for a while and check the markets out. The line starts around the corner from the tiny restaurant and as you move forward, you eventually turn the corner and get to wait just outside the restaurant in a little fenced off area. At that point, a server gets the number of people in your group and asks for your order. It is truly a fun experience to discuss with everyone in line where they are from and what they are doing. There were also many people that walked by asking what we were waiting in line for (you get funny looks when you tell people you've been in line for two hours for sushi). The ironic part is that there are a number of other sushi restaurant in the same area with no lines. But that didn't change the plans!
Once you finally get inside, you have two options for a seven or eleven piece menu which are served omakase style (chef's choice based on what's fresh that day). The inside of the restaurant is very small and only sits 13 people at a time (hence the long line). We started the meal with egg omelet which was very good. Our group opted to drink cold sake (Ozeki) with the sushi which was a fantastic choice - if you do the same, opt for the large bottle as we went through three small bottles very quickly with only four of us drinking. We were also given green tea and miso soup to go with the sushi.
Here is the sushi that we had:
1) fatty tuna (toro) - this was amazing and by far the best
2) sea bass
4) sea urchin
5) horse mackerel
6) surf clam
8) baby shrimp
9) Spanish mackerel
10) rolls - tuna and shellfish/cucumber
11) sea eel or yellow jack
+1 more of your choice = fatty tuna again
Our chef, Satoshi, was amazing and such good fun. He made the experience great and told you how to enjoy each piece (the only ones recommended with soy sauce are the rolls as everything else is best enjoyed as served). It was also recommended to eat the sushi in one bite using your hands.
After you finish your sushi selections, you can choose more from the a la carte menu if desired. I was so full after all that we had that there was no room for anything else. And all this at 8:30 in the morning.
It is a fun experience as you have people watching through the windows during your dining (we did the same before we got into the restaurant). It is truly more than just dining - it is an experience.
Very well worth the wait and I don't know how sushi will ever compare again!
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