Cheap Sushi That Doesn’t Compromise on Taste! 5 Must-Visit Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo That Offer the Greatest Value
There are large numbers of sushi restaurants in Tokyo, catering for all sort of customers. This article is a must read for sushi-lovers looking to get their fill of delicious fresh fish when faced with the huge wealth of options available in the capital. These are the 5 best sushi restaurants offering high quality sushi at a reasonable price.
1. Uoshin (Kanda)
This restaurant prides itself on buying the freshest in seasonal fish directly from source and also allows you to sample the finest in specially curated sake by expert sommeliers, all at a reasonable price.
Uoshin is located just 2 minutes' walk from JR Kanda Station. This conveniently located restaurant is filled with a stylish atmosphere that is warm and inviting, as well as offering patrons the chance to experience the unique Japanese spirit.
A top-pick at this restaurant is the "Sushiya no Counter Otameshi Course, with 7 Pieces of Sushi and 7 Other Dishes" (2,800 JPY (excl. tax)). This is the best evening plan in terms of value for money. Customers who choose this plan can enjoy more than 15 different dishes, with appetizers, sashimi, flame-grilled dishes, boiled dishes, steamed dishes, soup and rice dishes, as well as sushi and dessert, all at a reasonable price.
Under the motif of, "Wishing customers can sample a plethora of delights", customers can enjoy the finest in expertly crafted dishes from the store owner while choosing from a specially curated list of sake. The menu includes well known staples but also the best in seasonal sake. Whatever you pick you can rest assured that it will perfectly match your meal. Uoshin also has some sake varieties for those on a budget, at prices seldom seen in Tokyo.
It is very popular, so don't forget to book.
Uoshin also has counter seats, so don't miss the chance to view the skills of the sushi chef expertly preparing each piece of sushi.
2. Gin'yuu (Kagurazaka)
Gin'yuu is a must-visit for tuna lovers and boasts 30 years of history serving the finest in natural Pacific bluefin tuna as an Edomae sushi restaurant.
It is located just a 1 minute walk from Kagurazaka Station Exit 2 on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line. The natural and fresh Pacific bluefin tuna is this famous restaurant's must-eat dish.
The neta box (centered in the photograph) is packed with rare cuts of the freshest tuna. Other places can often struggle with procuring stocks of bluefin tuna but this restaurant spares no effort in sourcing the most premium cuts every day. Whenever you visit, you can be assured of tasting the finest in fresh tuna.
The top pick on the menu at Ginyu is the "Tennen Hon-Maguro O-Kuromaguro Zsukushi Nigiri" (3,800 JPY (excl. tax)).
This meal arranges different cuts taken from massive bluefin tuna that weigh approximately 200kg. Eight pieces of premium tuna sushi are offered up in this plan, with cuts including the fatty under belly and medium fatty belly, as well as cuts from the head, lean meat, seasoned flesh meat, tuna with onions on top, cheek meat and seared tuna. This kind of value proposition is only available at Ginyu. If you are in the Kagurazaka area, make sure to stop by.
3. UOGASHI NIHON-ICHI Akasaka Branch (Akasaka)
This branch of Uogashi Nihon-Ichi is the only to offer an exclusive service, and serves up the freshest fish in Edomae style at a reasonable price.
Uogashi is located just a 1 minute walk from Akasaka-mitsuke Station on the Ginza and Maru no Uchi Subway Line. This chain restaurant is famous for providing standing spaces, however it is only the Akasaka branch that also offers a special and popular promotion, "Okonomi Nigiri Zenpin Hangaku (Your Favorite Nigiri Sushi, All at Half-Price)".
This is a great value promotion that gives patrons the chance to sample fresh seafood sushi at half price, with prices ranging from 100 JPY (excl. tax) and up per piece. From luxury sushi such as fatty tuna, salmon roe and sea urchin, to popular picks like Pacific bluefin tuna and salmon, there are more than 40 different varieties of fish on offer, crafted into Edomae sushi and sold to you at a reasonable price.
■ When to avail of the promotion (Akasaka only)
Monday to Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (counter seating only)
Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (All seats)
For anyone looking for a bite of sushi in the Akasaka area, book early and eat your fill.
Uogashi Nihon Ichi features an open-plan and stylish design. There are booth-style seating areas to be enjoyed by small groups and also tables on the shop floor.
4. SANSEN Ginza Branch (Ginza)
The sushi lunches offered at this famous restaurant in Ginza are sure to fill you up, without breaking the bank.
SANSEN is located just a 2-minute walk from the A2 exit of Ginza Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. This restaurant specializes in seafood dishes and offers patrons the chance to sample seasonal spoils unloaded at Numazu Port, which faces onto Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture.
The "Sushi Lunch Jirocho" (2,800 JPY (excl. tax)) is centered on nigiri sushi and doesn't skimp on portion sizes. It starts with 3 aperitifs before moving on to 8 pieces of sushi selected and prepared by an expert chef, as well as chawan-mushi (a type of savory custard), soup and dessert, for a total of 5 different dishes.
How about trying the finest in sushi in a modern and relaxing authentically Japanese space after a spot of shopping in Ginza?
5. ITAMAE SUSHI Ueno Branch (Ueno)
This restaurant offers more than 50 different varieties of sushi and patrons are sure to be delighted by the all-you-can-eat sushi plan, with each piece created by an expert chef.
Itamae Sushi is located just 2 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station and the separate Ueno Station on the Ginza Subway Line. Itamae Sushi is a popular chain based on the premise of offering high quality sushi at a reasonable price. The Ueno branch is the only one to offer a 70-Minute All-You-Can-Eat Sushi plan.
This all-you-can-eat plan contains approximately 50 different varieties of sushi, including high quality under-belly of tuna, salted salmon roe and sea urchin and also popular meat based sushi dishes. This popular plan requires pre-booking.
■When to avail of the promotion (Ueno branch only)
Monday to Sunday: From 5:00 pm to closing time
Time Limit: 70 minutes (Last orders are taken 20 minutes before the end of your time)
Price: Men 3,980 JPY (excl. tax), Women 3,480 JPY (excl. tax), Elementary school students 1,980 JPY (excl. tax), Infants below elementary school age are free
The above picture is of the "Senbatsu (Gokujo) Nigiri Set" (2,480 JPY (excl. tax)).
Another recommendation is the popular lunch order of "Saikyo Maguro Don (Tuna Rice Bowl)" (1,750 JPY (excl. tax)). This full and hearty meal is replete with cuts of lean red meat, medium fat meat, as well as tuna garnished with onions. Up-size the the rice for free!
Did you find a place that piques your interest? Make sure to try out the finest quality sushi when you next visit Tokyo!
*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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