Monday, June 28, 2010

Sushi Day in Tokyo

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This is Kyubei, one of the most famous and arguably best sushi shops in Tokyo. I didn't take many photos of the omakase lunch that was had there, because the place is super classy and I didn't want to be all taking hella shots like a jerk. In the end though, it wasn't as high collar as I thought it would be, and I think I could have gotten away with taking a few.

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The master sushi chef told me that each of these knives is about $1000, which might seem like a lot, but when you figure that dinners run upwards of $300 a person it's not too bad.

How I ended up at a sushi shop a few zeros above my budget is totally rad. Some nice folks found my website and asked if I'd be their personal sushi and museum guide for the day. We went to the super traditional Ginza shop for lunch, and for dinner...

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This little mom and pop shop in Nakameguro.

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A lot of regulars come in for the more "experimental" sushi that the chef creates. If you let him do his thing, you won't be upset.

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The ingredients for the next hour or two.

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Otoro drizzled with boiling olive oil.

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Air sushi!

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"Don't eat! It's my joke!" - Sushi dude

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Salmon shabu shabu nigiri.

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Burnt cheese and avocado.

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Uni ochazuke (rice in green tea... it's hella good)

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Breakfast sushi (bacon and eggs).

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Ice cream sushi. You KNOW it was good.

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The mad crazy expensive Ginza place was a bit of a let down, but the mom and pop was amazing. I left a few of the things we ate off, so you can surprise yourself! I'll give you a hint. A horse walks into a sushi bar. Why the long face? Then everyone eats him.

That's you hint.

4 comments:

Magnet said...

What's the name of the place in Nakameguro? Any directions from the station you could post up? Thanks!

Brian said...

It's called Koi Sushi.

http://www.koi-sushi.jp/

AdelaideBen said...

Love the photos... great work... makes me hungry just looking at it.

I'm curious tho... what camera do you use for these nice photos?

Brian said...

Nikon D90 with a Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens