When it comes to sashimi, it’s quite straightforward. No elaborate cooking traditions involved and definitely not much anything else to add. It all boils down to the freshness and the inherent quality of the raw ingredient. The preparation involved seems an uncomplicated process. However, not everyone can pull off serving great sashimi consistently.
In Tokyo, there are thousands of restaurants that offer this iconic Japanese dish. They differ not just in fish quality, but also in their dining styles, ambiance, price point, and complementary offerings. The following list will provide you with such information, but before anything else, know that these establishments are first and foremost guaranteed to deliver on a great sashimi experience. Next time you’re in Tokyo, head to any of these 10 restaurants for a sashimi feast:
Sashimi in Ginza
1. Uosho Ginpei (魚匠 銀平 銀座店)
Uosho Ginpei prides itself in serving beautifully handcrafted seafood dishes. Their main ingredients are always of the highest quality and are daily sourced from Wakayama, a well-known fishing region in Japan. Their sashimi is served as part of a traditional Japanese course menu set designed to give their diners the highest level of seafood satisfaction. Aside from their main courses, you can also look forward to their signature Tai-Meshi – rice cooked with sea bream.
5F 7-6-10 Ginza Chuo Tokyo
2. Bistro Uokin Hanare (びすとろ UOKIN はなれ)
Uokin is a popular chain of seafood restaurants in Tokyo with 26 branches and 11 European-Japanese fusion bistros. While each branch has a slightly different concept – some would be more French while others more Italian-inspired, common to all is the top notch quality of their seafood. This only means one thing: their sashimi platter is always a good choice for an appetizer.
4-6-4 Shinbashi Minato Tokyo
Website: http://uokingroup.jp (Japanese only)
Sashimi in Shibuya
3. Isari Juhachiban (漁十八番)
Booze and sashimi are great together. That is why you’re most likely to find sashimi served in just about every izakaya in Japan. One such izakaya is Isari Juhachiban. Located on the second floor of a nondescript building in Shibuya, this bar might be hidden, but it is always sought out by locals. They are known for their generous serving of quality fish at reasonable prices. Enough to match several bottles of beer.
2F 2-6-12 Dogenzaka Shibuya Tokyo
Website: http://goodspiral.jp/isari/ (Japanese only)
4. Ame Nochi Hare Aoyama (雨後晴 青山)
Ame Nochi Hare treats their dishes as works of art. The quality of their ingredients is a given, delivered daily from 6 major ports. However, more impressive is their approach to plating, which brings the dining experience to a whole new level. Meals are meticulously placed on ceramic art plates, some of which are pieces created by master Japanese potters.
2-2-17 Shibuya Shibuya Tokyo
Sashimi in Shinjuku
5. Takamaru Sengyoten (タカマル鮮魚店)
Takamaru Sengyoten lets you indulge in thick sliced sashimi for cheap. Don’t worry, nothing fishy is going on here. It just so happens that the owner of this izakaya is also a fish dealer. Hence, the perks!
7-15-1 Nishishinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://www.takamaru-inc.com/ (Japanese only)
6. Kanae (鼎)
If you want really good sake to go with your sashimi, Kanae is where you should go. They are renowned for their sake menu, and because they are specialists in this department, they also take their fish seriously. Sake and sashimi are said to be the ultimate pairing.
B1 3-12-12 Shinjuku Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/a633000/ (Japanese only)
Sashimi in Akihabara
7. Kanda Shinpachi (神田新八)
Feeling adventurous? Kanda Shinpachi offers some unusual kinds of sashimi delicacies. During the winter, they serve Fugu (puffer fish) and Anko (angler fish); suppon (soft-shelled turtle) in the summer; and basashi (raw horse meat) all year round. Of course, these are on top of their usual premium sashimi offerings.
2-9-1 Kajicho Chiyoda Tokyo
Website: http://www.kanda-shinpachi.com/ (Japanese only)
8. Marutomi Suisan (丸冨水産 神田店)
Marutomi Suisan’s motto must be something like “keep things simple but enjoyable”. The concept for the atmosphere is basic, like a shack for fish dealers with naked bulb lighting, wooden stools, and low tables. Nothing too fancy either on the menu and there’s lots of cheap alcohol. But that really is Marutomi Suisan’s intention. When you just want to have a good drink and fun conversations with friends, this is where you’d want to be.
3-7-33 Kanda Kajicho Chiyoda Tokyo
Website: https://www.facebook.com/marutomi.jp (Japanese only)
Sashimi in Roppongi
9. Ryugin (龍吟)
Each plate in RyuGin’s course menu is well thought out and carefully crafted. Every season offers a different menu, and each day’s feast is designed around what’s available on the market. There’s a theatrical build-up with the presentation of each course, where a great sashimi dish is but a small portion of this complex expression of culinary excellence. With a 3 Michelin-star rating to boot, Ryugin is Tokyo dining at its finest.
7-17-24 Roppongi Minato Tokyo
10. Sawaichi (澤いち)
Sawaichi is another highly rated Japanese course menu restaurant. They mainly serve Omakase-style (Chef’s recommendation) and when in the season, they also offer Suppon (soft-shelled turtle) course and Fugu (puffer fish) course.
3-9-11 Roppongi Minato Tokyo
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