Sushi is said to be the representative food of Japanese cuisine. In Tokyo, Ikebukuro has been drawing a lot of attention these days as a major battleground of sushi. Here are five of the most recommended sushi shops in Ikebukuro.
1. Mawashizushi Wakataka Honten
A 3-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station, Mawashizushi Wakataka Honten is a kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) bar where you’ll surely appreciate the reasonable prices. They offer a lunch set of 12 pieces of sushi for just 650 JPY (excl. tax), and a dinner set of 16 pieces of sushi for 1,000 JPY (excl. tax). Furthermore, they have limited-time sales for each sushi topping. For example, you can order a plate of two pieces of otoro (fat underbelly of tuna) sushi for just 136 JPY at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm and after 9:00 pm. This restaurant is very popular, so expect it to be packed at night, even on weekdays! If it seems a bit too crowded for you, then you might want to peep into the shop in Sunshine 60 that is also in Ikebukuro.
2. Daimaru Suisan Ikebukuro Sunshine 60-Dori Shop
This shop has been enjoying rave reviews from customers, thanks to its delicious sushi that come at affordable prices. The sushi here is so cheap that customers who visit tend to ask, “Is this really the price?” Here, they use fresh fish and seafood caught in the fishing harbors of Hokkaido, so the sushi is guaranteed to be extremely fresh. They take pride in the great value for money that customers get to enjoy, since a plate of two pieces of sushi is priced as low as 100 JPY (excl. tax). Note, though, that their menu does not contain sushi alone, as they also offer a long list of dishes associated with Hokkaido, such as the Tarezangi (290 JPY (excl. tax)) – a Hokkaido dish that resembles fried chicken, and the Sapporo Miso Butter Corn Ramen (290 JPY (excl. tax)).
3. Sushimamire Ikebukuro Shop
If you suddenly feel like eating sushi late at night or early in the morning, then head on over to this restaurant that is open 24 hours a day. Their seafood that is delivered straight from Tsukiji Market every morning is extraordinarily fresh! Many people love the great cost-performance of this restaurant, since the price of a plate of two pieces of sushi here starts at 100 JPY, despite it being an ordinary full-fledged sushi joint. The Nigiri-zushi Set (hand-formed sushi) (good for one person) that is only available for lunch (from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm) comes with nine pieces of nigiri-zushi, one rolled sushi, and kobachi (small bowl) or miso soup – all for the shockingly low price of 920 JPY. They also have a collection of various Japanese sake, so enjoy Japanese tastes to your heart’s content.
Located in a place that is slightly far from the hustle and bustle of the business district, Momiji is a restaurant that is recommended to those who prefer high-class spots for sushi. The toppings of the sushi that you get to taste inside this restaurant that is filled with a Japanese vibe are all wild and seasonal fish and seafood that are sourced from Tsukiji Market. These toppings go really well with the shari (sushi rice), which is made from Koshi-Ibuki rice – well-known for its lustrous and sticky texture. For first timers, the Momiji Course (7,000 JPY (excl. tax) (with a total of five dishes)), as well as other courses, are recommended to help you fully enjoy the charms of sushi.
5. Fuku-Sushi Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Shop
The menu at this restaurant is roughly divided into two types – the Teiban dishes (standards) that change depending on the season, and the Osusume dishes (recommendations) that are only available for that day. The shari, which is fused with fresh toppings delivered every morning, uses vinegared rice that is mixed with a little red vinegar in the style of old-fashioned Edomae sushi. If you want to taste such exquisite hand-formed sushi, then you must first try the Omakase Nigiri 10-kan (10 pieces of sushi to be chosen by the chef) (3,800 JPY (excl. tax)). The signature dish of this restaurant is the Oyogu Ika (swimming squid) (2,800 JPY per plate (excl. tax)). The live squids, which come from different suppliers in Misaki, Hokkaido, and Yobiko depending on the season, are caught from the fish tank inside the shop upon order, so you are sure to enjoy their fresh taste.
The above list contains everything from a reasonably priced conveyor belt sushi shop, up to a luxury restaurant, so please try to check them out if you want to eat some sushi – the representative dish of Japanese cuisine.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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