Finding Otomezushi is not a simple task. It's located in a part of town with small alleys full of restaurants, and everything is written in konji, and we actually had to ask a friendly local who showed us to the restaurant.
The place is very small, and it barely fits 8 stools along the sushi counter plus probably 2 tables in a tiny side room. Calling a day in advance we could not get a seat for dinner, so we came for lunch.
After a friendly welcome and some green tea we ordered omakase menu - i.e. up to the chef - a set of 13 servings of what the chef finds best for the season, and ingredients available. General comment is that you'd better speak some Japanese, because nobody at Otomezushi speaks but a few words in English.
Each of the single servings of nigiri or maki was a discovery. Starting from the first one, with ika - i.e. squid, which, contrary to my expectations when I saw it, turned out to be delicate and flavourful, through eel and cucumber rolled in a crispy sheet of roasted nori, which had almost nutty taste, to fatty tuna nigiri, simply melting out in my mouth. Each piece was incredible, and with each I wondered whether it's the freshness of the fish, the delicate touches of Japanese lime sudachi, or the amazing, moist and distinctly flavoured rice that we enjoyed most.
While food is amazing, time spent at Otomezushi is simply wonderfully enjoyable. The Chef was cheerful, very friendly and going out of his way to explain in English what he was serving to us. We also had the opportunity to see the orchestrated effort of 3 people behind the counter to produce all this wonderful food, like grating fresh wasabi on a shark skin-covered board or de-shelling fresh mantis shrimps.
We were also nicely surprised when it came to paying the bill - for two omakase sets of 13 pieces each and a lovely miso soup, it was 12 thousand yen. We had many great meals in Japan, but this one was the one leaving unforgettable memories of tastes, textures and observations from that 1.5 hrs we spent at lunch at Otomezushi.