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“Great sushi in the heart of Tsukiji” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Daiwa Sushi

Daiwa Sushi
Ranked #7 of 7,959 Restaurants in Chuo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $44
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great sushi in the heart of Tsukiji”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Daiwa-Zushi offers delicious, super-fresh sushi for reasonable prices. Located just outside the main market area, it can be difficult to find but is worth the effort. The map location will get you close, then look for a queue in front of a red-curtained restaurant. The line for its rival, Sushi Dai, will point you down the correct street as it wraps around to the main road.

As of December 2012, the 7-piece set menu is ¥3000, and comes with miso and green tea. It hits the high points of sushi, with further a la carte options available. The sushi is carefully prepared piece by piece in front of you, and is very good and superbly fresh. The chefs are friendly, and know just enough english to guide you through your quick meal. It takes about 20 minutes to go through the set, and it is expected that you will not linger and hold up the line.

This is a very popular location, expect at least a 30-minute wait if you arrive after its 5:30am opening. Seats are offered to groups as that many seats are simultaneously available, so solo diners may get to skip part of the line. Daiwa-Zushi is definitely worth a stop for good sushi, regardless of whether you are interested in the fish market.

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sao paulo
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97 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Best alternative if you want to avoid sushidai line”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

If you don´t want (or can´t) wait 2-3 hours to get a seat at sushidai, don´t think twice...go directly to Daiwazushi. The distance between both is literally 10 metres, and the wait (if any) will be much shorter than sushidai.
Daiwazushi is also a very small sushi bar, and you can eat excellent and very fresh sushi there. Despite not speaking english, staff is very friendly and supportive.
The menu is the same as all other sushi bars in japan....there is a omakase ( chefs selection) or you can order single units of nigiri sushi.
Don´t forget to try the different cuts of tuna that they have: Akami (lean cut), ChuoToro ( medium fat) and Otoro ( premium fatty cut - this is the best!).
Average price per person: 50 US dollars.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent sushi, but pricey”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Daiwa sushi is an excellent, tiny sushi shop. I had the choice of queueing for 1 hour for Sushi Dai or just go straight into Daiwa. No brainer really. I had a set which consisted of maki and nigiri. It contained uni which was a new experience for me. All the pieces were of excellent quality, but its a really small shop and it's not exactly cozy, but the staff is very friendly. The only thing is the price. It was pretty expensive. About £35 for a small set around 12 pieces.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lower Hudson Valley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sashimi like you have never had it before”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Imagine sitting in front of the freshest fish you have ever seen watching a master chef prepare succulent Sashimi.before your eyes and knowing that you are about to have a fantastic meal. Such was our pre-dawn experience on a beautiful autumn morning at Daiwa tucked inside the Tsukiji market.

We arrived just before 5:30am and were seated right away. The staff was very friendly. There is an English language menu offering a set meal or you can order a la carte. Try the Toro and Skip Jack fish. I don't know how I will be able to eat at a sushi bar back home after this!experience. Get there early because there was a large que outside once we left.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Amazing sushi, really a class above”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

For us it was a toss up between sushi Dai and daiwa sushi t the fish market!

Facts:
Restaurant sits about 20 in total, apparently bigger than sushi Dai, so the queues go faster. When we went on a Monday morning at 5:10am,there was a huge queue outside sushi Dai, and a much smaller one in front of daiwa sushi. The set menu is approximately Y3300, and it really is quite filling. There's an English menu, but if you know your seafood you can just point to what you want from the counter.

Pros:
Much shorter queue than sushi Dai. Seems more local too - the rest of the people in our queue looked local. Absolutely amazing sushi. If you're quite experienced with sushi, you'll immediately notice the subtle but great differences. The fatty tuna is definitely the highlight... It's rare to find it served elsewhere I the world. Other mind blowing sushis were the sea urchin and the clam.

Cons:
Service was a bit rushed. Maybe I was just not used to counter dining with a chef standing right in front of me. It's also a bit pricey... A la carte fatty tuna sushi is Y800!! No cards accepted, so make you you have enough cash.

Definitely worth trying once. You'll never have sushi like this back home unless you went to a three Michelin star restaurant, and it'll cost you twice as much.

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