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“Worth to wait 3-hours in queue”
Review of Sushidai

Sushidai
Ranked #11 of 8,771 Restaurants in Chuo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $46
Cuisines: Sushi
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Wake up at 5am, wash face, brush teeth and at 5.30 am off we walk half asleep to the nearest subway going to Tsukiji Fish Market. Arrive there 6.15am only to find around 30 people has been standing there in line for more than an hour. WTF?! Are we not early enough?!

30 minutes standing in line, a Japanese lady come to inspect our line whether we are doing it rite and not disturbing traffic whatsoever. She calmly saying in perfect English apologize that we might will be waiting around 3 hours today since they will replenish the fish stocks. Ouch. Some of the faint heart-ed future customer of Sushi Dai disappeared from the line. The rest, like the 5 of us, trying to know better our neighbors, people queuing behind and before us. From strangers to new-found-friends. Taking photographs together, exchanging emails with them etc etc, just to kill time.

By 9.15am, precisely 3 hours as the lady predicted, finally we seated inside the small-only-12-seats-all-facing-3 chefs-counter-bar type of table. We've been asked before whether to take big set course 11 pieces of JPY 3,900 or small set course 8 pieces of JPY 2,500. All Omakase or as you please in Japanese, meaning we let the chefs choose what is best based on the day stocks they have. All set came with heavenly fish miso soups (so heavenly that some of us shamelessly asking for a second bowl) and choice of hot or cold ocha (Japanese green tea).

Then one by one, those heavenly sushi placed in front of us by the chefs. We all admit that's the best sushi in the world. So fresh that one piece of squid still moved its tentacle when placed in our plate. Although I'm a bit wondering is it really THAT GOOD or is it because we are hungry after waiting 3 hours in queue, mixed with anticipatory feeling we are going to eat in a legendary place? Oh well. Try it for the experience hence the sushi itself. You wont regret it. Something that you could proudly told to friends and relatives back home after the holiday.

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2  Thank arieflaksono
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Admittedly we came late, arriving in the queue at noon, but even so a three+ hour wait for sushi in Tokyo is just madness. So why did we...? I can't really explain beyond that, after a certain point, one feels invested. An hour became two, we dithered and questioned our sanity, two became three, and we dug in and stood in the rain til we got in.

Yes, it was fresh; yes, it was good. But fresh and good are not that hard to come by for sushi in Tokyo. Yes, it was friendly – very friendly – which is less common. The tea was good and green, of course. Most importantly, it was hot, for which we were by then incredibly grateful. The miso, on the other had, whilst also hot, was the worst we had in Tokyo, bar none.

The sushi itself was... fine. We shared two set options, one for Y2500 and one for Y3900. The selections included scallop, surf clam, baby shrimp, toro, horse mackerel, yellow jack, Japanese gizzard shard, sea urchin, sea eel, salmon roe and semi-fatty tuna nigiri; and four maki each.

But by the time we were in and eating, we were cold, rain-soaked and more than a little incredulous at having waited that long for, well, anything on Earth. There are other sushi places at Tsukiji, without the huge queues and wait times, and I can't imagine there's really that much difference between them.

Sushi Dai was okay but sorry, guys. While you were nice, next time we'll go elsewhere.

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3  Thank bahardman
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

After coming out of the Tuna auction at around 6.15am, and before going to visit the expansive experience of the outer market which allows visitors only at 9AM, there was nothing to do then to wander around when I noticed a long queue in front of Sushi-Dai.. The wait was nearly 2 hours , and I was re-assured of my decision to stay on, when I noticed that not only international visitors but even few local Japanese people were in the queue. I took the full breakfast option at 3900Y, and when the sushi's were served one by one by the cheerful chef, this was the best experience of authentic Japanese food.. specially liked the Salmon Egg Sushi, though all were good.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Wake up for the tuna auction. Take a quick walk around the Tsukiji market and step in line for the Sushidai experience. You could wait for more than 2 hours, so start making friends fast. People come here from all over the world for some of the best sushi in Japan. Once you get close to the door you'll start noticing the happy faces of the people leaving the restaurant. About an hour later people will be looking at you. There's just one thing you will be able to tell them: "It's worth it."

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Thank luka_k
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

Beautiful, sparkling fresh sushi served with great cheer early in the morning. At 3900 yen for the large course, a real bargain too.

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2  Thank DDPTexas
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