Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tokyo Sushi

Mid-meal, still enthusiastic

Sushi is by far my favourite Japanese fare, and I think I may have found a little bit of heaven, tucked in the streets of Umegaoka: Sushi no Midori Sohonten, introduced by my foodie friend Sophia.

We lined up at the restaurant for an early lunch, amongst other sushi enthusiasts (mostly of elderly age, apparently). We luckily got to sit at the counter, which is the best seat in the house, as it enabled us to closely watch the swift and efficient work of sushi chefs.

The lunch set featured a platter of assorted sushi, as well as a salad, chawanmushi (egg custard), green tea, and a light dessert. Sophia and I, in true party girl fashion, ordered some alcoholic beverages despite not having had breakfast. Sushi is best accompanied with beer or sake, and bites of gari (pickled ginger) are recommended between each sushi dish, to help cleanse the palate.

We dined on delicious pieces of salmon, tuna, eel, sea urchin, egg omelet, salmon roe, and well, more tuna in a sushi handroll, generously offered by our neighbour. The kind older ladies on my left taught us how to properly flip the sushi and dip the fish into the soy sauce, without making a mess. Brilliant!

By the end of the delightful meal, we were secretly hoping pieces would stop coming, as we both fell into a sushi coma and lost our morale. At that point, we both thought we would never be hungry again (yet the hunger came back, a mere few hours after), but we did manage to eat the dessert and snap some fun photos (and blankly stare at the sad remaining pieces).

I loved, loved, this place so much, and I'm already planning my next visit.

I highly recommend having lunch there, a) if you love sushi b) if you can handle some interesting fish and dishes like crab brain salad, and c) if you go on an empty stomach.

I've decided I'm bringing a boy there next time I go- this way, he can polish off the whole platter.

Sushi no Midori Sohonten

The chefs at work

Proud tuna

Crab brain salad, still unsure about this one.

Heaven on a plate. I really love fish!

Shrimp and egg omelet

The aftermath


Norah said...

Yumm! That sushi looks amazing. I'm jealous!

Mizi Moo said...

I used to go to the same sushi place for lunch every week in Hiroshima, a few weeks before I left the chef proudly told me he had a suprise for me and presented two rounds of crab brain. I ate the entire thing, hated all of it, but was really touched the guy had gone to all this trouble to treat me to his speciality!

Mellie said...

I LOVE sushi and I'm dreaming of the day I get to visit Japan and try some authentic stuff! I have tried so many places in London looking for the nicest offerings; fresh being the key! The photos look good enough to eat!

Vivian said...

Thanks, everyone!! It was really fresh and amazing!

Mizi Moo- that is a good story!! I really hate the taste of crab brain, hated it before I even knew what it was!! Congrats on eating the entire thing.... wow!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, looks so delicious! I love sushi, too, but I can only imagine how much better it is in Japan!

Kristina said...

mmh, i love sushi, just want to visit japan to indulge in sushi all day every day :)