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【Toyosu Market】A Great Place for Lunch! 5 of the Most Popular Restaurants for Sushi and Seafood Lovers
It has been eight months since the Tsukiji fish market moved to Toyosu. Did you know that some of the most famous purveyors of sushi and seafood rice bowls also made the move too? This article features the five best restaurants at the Toyosu Market where you can experience the "Taste of Tsukiji".
What is the Toyosu Market?
Tsukiji Market, beloved as the "Kitchen of Japan", closed for the final time on October 6th, 2018 and with it a curtain was drawn on 83 years of history. More than 1,600 workers involved in fisheries and other industries moved to the Toyosu Market and on October 11th it officially opened to the public. An exhibition corner, gallery and other facilities were installed in the new market. Along with the fisheries staff, 39 well established eateries moved to Toyosu Market, meaning that visitors will have the chance to once again taste the seafood rice bowls, sushi and other dishes that made up the famous "Taste of Tsukiji". It's easy to get there if you take the Yurikamome monorail to Shijo-mae Station, which is connected directly to the market. Please note that general visitors with a car will be unable to park within the grounds of the market.
1. Tsukiji Kagurazushi Toyosu Market Branch
Tsukiji Kagurazushi uses only the finest fish in the making of its sushi, leveraging its many years of experience to curate the best cuts to use in its toppings. The red rice used in their sushi is made with the finest in red vinegar that is brewed with sake lees. It is simply sublime with seafood and their seared sushi comes particularly recommended. Shore dotterel, splendid alfonsino, broadbanded thornyhead and other fish are lightly seared and served with a sauce of citrus fruit and natural rock salt for a delicious meal. Sushi prices start at 220 JPY (excl. tax) per piece. If you order the highly recommended "Omakase Plan" (3,240 JPY (incl. tax)), the chef will select 11 pieces of sushi for you to enjoy with egg and a bowl of soup.
Place: 3rd floor of the Facility Control Bldg. (管理施設棟) in the food court
Opening hours: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Isozushi uses only natural ingredients in the making of its sushi. They curate the finest in natural seafood every day, meaning that you can experience different seasonal delights every time you visit this famous restaurant. Isozushi specializes in tuna. For those looking to enjoy a large portion of tasty fatty tuna, the "Maguro Zsukushi Nigiri Set" (3,240 JPY (incl. tax)) and the "Maguro Zsukushi Rice Bowl" (3,240 JPY (incl. tax) should do the trick. There are both English and Chinese menus, so you don't have to worry if you don't speak Japanese.
Place: 3rd floor of the fish intermediate wholesaler tower (水産仲卸売場棟), in the food court
Opening hours: 6:00 am - 2:14 pm
This famous restaurant was listed in the Michelin Star guide to Tokyo in 2015. Dai doesn't concern itself with the source or brand of the fish, instead it simply relies on taste to guide its choice of ingredients. Beginning with the owner, this restaurant is full of laughter and chatter, and is renowned for its friendly atmosphere that keeps both Japanese and international visitors coming back again and again. The centrepiece of their menu is the "Omakese Set" (4,000 JPY (incl. tax)). This meal allows you to sample seasonal varieties of fish such as fatty tuna underbelly and splendid alfonsino as part of a 10 piece selection chosen by the chef that comes complete with sushi wrapped in seaweed and rolled omelette. You can finish it all off with your choice of one piece of your favorite sushi. The cuts of fish are also on the bigger side for a heartier meal.
Place: 3rd floor of the Fish Intermediate Wholesaler Tower (水産仲卸売場棟) in the food court
Opening hours: 5:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oedo has a storied history of more than 100 years, specializing in fish and rice bowls since the days of the Nihombashi Fish Market. Leveraging their many years of experience at riverside fish markets, the most professional connoisseurs curate the best in ingredients for use in their fish bowls. They take the greatest care to ensure that they use the most natural tuna and premium salmon possible. Customers at Oedo start with a base order of a seafood rice bowl that they can then customize to their liking with more than 60 different options from an expansive menu creating truly original rice bowls.
Place: 3rd floor of the Fish Intermediate Wholesaler Tower in the food court
Opening hours: 6:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ikinoya is home to professional chefs making traditional Japanese seafood. The finest in seasonal ingredients are selected by the head chef and served as sashimi, as well as in boiled and grilled dishes. The first of two star items on the menu is the "Kinmedai no Nitsuke Gozen" (2,500 JPY (incl. tax) (meal of splendid alfonsino broiled in soy sauce) that features the perfect combination of soft meat with a sublime accompanying sauce that has been brought over from the Tsukiji Market. The second jewel in the crown of the restaurant is the "Gindara no Saikyo-yaki Gozen" (2,300 JPY (incl. tax)) (meal of sablefish grilled with Kyoto miso) that gives off the aroma of homemade sweet Kyoto miso. There is also a comprehensive menu for those of you who wish to add options like sashimi or boiled fish to your meal plan.
Place: 3rd floor of the fish intermediate wholesaler tower in the food court
Opening hours: 6:30 am - 3:30 pm
This article introduced you to some basic facts about the Toyosu Market, as well as some famous restaurants where you can enjoy sushi and seafood rice bowls. There are sure to be long lines at these restaurants, so it might be a good idea to get up a little early and get in line.
*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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