In Sendai, which is located close to the sea, you will want to enjoy sushi made with fresh ingredients. Here are five recommended sushi shops from among the many that are in the city. The list is mainly focused on the ones that are near stations and commercial districts and are easy to get to.
Sen'ichi is a sushi bar with a great selection of good Japanese sake, including local Miyagi sake and popular brands.
The Anago-no Nigiri of anago conger eel that is caught off the coast of Miyagi, cooked with just the right amount of sweetness and eaten with salt, is a must eat. It is in season starting in May and has a soft, fatty flavor. The Awabi Yawarakani (2,590 JPY (incl. tax)) of the local specialty, Japanese abalone, that has been cooked for three days, is also a specialty of this sushi restaurant. Be sure to mix it together with the nikogori (the juices that have hardened like jelly) that has a concentration of the abalone umami flavors.
Average budget: 3,000 JPY/lunch, 10,000 JPY/dinner
2. Watariarahama Sendai Branch
This restaurant that has its main branch in Arahama, a fishing town in Watari, Miyagi. The local flavors of fresh fish from the fishing town can be enjoyed at the Sendai branch as well.
The recommended item is the Oyakata Omakase Nigiri (1,700 JPY (excl. tax) and up), a chef's selection of nigiri sushi of the best ingredients of the day. The Shikimeshi, a bowl of seasonal seafood on top of rice cooked in dashi stock, is also popular. Shikimeshi for fall and winter season, Harakomeshi (bowl of salmon and salmon roe from Watari) is especially famous. The restaurant also serves a variety of food other than sushi including sashimi and tempura.
Average budget: 5,000 JPY
Ginjiro is a place where you can enjoy authentic nigiri sushi starting at 80 JPY (excl. tax) each. It is on the third floor of Sendai Station, so it is convenient to stop by in before or after sightseeing.
It also offers reasonably priced set menus such as the Daily Set of Three (500 JPY (excl. tax) and up) and Weekday Special Half-price Lunch (1,200 JPY (excl. tax)). It also has a wide selection of local sake from Miyagi including those that go well with local fish, and the limited-offer Sendaieki Masamune, a sake that is only available in Sendai Station.
Average budget: 3,000 JPY
The nigiri sushi at Getaya starts at 100 JPY (excl. tax) a piece. It is open till 4:00 am, so you can go late at night.
The top recommendation is the Jyo-Nigiri (1,600 JPY (excl. tax)), a set of 12 pieces of nigiri sushi. The Otoro Aburi Ponzu of fatty otoro tuna grilled on an open fire and served with ponzu citrus sauce (400 JPY (excl. tax)) is also recommended. There is also a wide selection of à la carte items such as sashimi of fresh seafood (900 JPY (excl. tax) and up), grilled dishes (400 JPY (excl. tax) and up), and small portions of the Sendai specialty, beef tongue (780 JPY (excl. tax)).
Average budget: 2,500 JPY
5. Sushi Yukimura
Yukimura is a restaurant where you can enjoy "the taste of freshly caught", where the natural flavors of the ingredients are exalted.
Most of the sushi toppings are seafood caught between the Sanriku area of Miyagi and Hokkaido. You can tell the chef your preferences and budget and have a recommended selection of nigiri sushi prepared. The Tokujo Nigiri (3,500 JPY (excl. tax)) and the Jo Nigiri (2,300 JPY (excl. tax), which are sets of 10 pieces of nigiri sushi, are recommended for those who want to eat without a fuss.
Average budget: 7,000 JPY
Foreign languages: English
How was it? These are all places you can enjoy freshly caught seafood in. Have your fill of the seasonal bounty of the seas around Japan!
*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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