Although sushi is not one of our preferred foods, we join a group of friends on March 14th 2014 when we were in Shinjuku, taking the Tokyo subway to the world renowned Tsukiji fish market for some sushi. The Sushizanmai Tsukiji Fish Market Tokyo Japan is opened 24 hours a day, all 365 days a year. They have other branches but the outlet at Tsukiji is their main and biggest restaurant with an excellent selection of very fresh sashimi and top quality sea foods. There are three floors with the top floor having a tatami flooring able to accommodate about 30 people.
We first tried the the vegetable and prawn tempura and then the octopus tempura, and then realized that we were ordering the wrong foods as this is, after all, a sushi eatery! So we further ordered the sweet shrimp sushi, salmon and ark shell sushi and a roll containing prawns, cucumber and prawn. They have 3 kinds of miso soup: The crab miso, baby clamp, and sea weed miso soups, so we ordered the clam miso soup which came with clamps in the soup which had a taste of alcohol or spirit in it. It was very delicious. Our friends went to town with the raw tuna, fish and other raw sea products.
The food is freshly prepared literally under your very noses if you sat like we did, at the bar counter. Sushizanmai is basically value for money with its fresh sushi at reasonable prices. They also have sushi/sashimi sets but they usually contain a few things that you might not like. We drank green tea with our meals, but Japanese sake, beer and wines are available.
The waiters do speak English, and are not pushy for you to order their most expensive dishes. They do make recommendations and can tell you what’s in the offering for each dish. The ambiance is fairly quiet and relaxed in spite of the big number of clients outside the restaurant waiting to get in.
Sushizanmai is certainly good value for money fresh sushi.
Tel: 03-3545 2266. Web site: http://kiyomura.co.jp
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