Best Sushi in Tokyo Recommended by a Japanese - Sake Korean Japanese Bistro in Richardson, TX
Updated: Apr 22, 2019
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Now sushi can be found all over the world, but you should try the real delicious sushi if you come to Japan. Great sushi won’t come cheap and trying to get a reservation can be difficult, but it’s a unique dining experience that is worth the splurge and all the hassle. A trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without your fill of Japan’s most iconic dish, with the capital being home to a good number of master sushi chefs running their own Michelin-starred restaurants. If you’re looking for the best of the best, below is a list of the city’s highest-rated Sushi Restaurants. Do take note that none of these restaurants accept walk-in customers, and thus, you will need to book a reservation with the help of your hotel’s concierge or better yet, a local friend, if you have one. Some places may be really hard to get a table!
1. Sushi Saito (鮨 さいとう)
Sushi Saito, owned by chef Takashi Saito, has industry bigwigs really impressed. Among them is Joël Robuchon, the chef who holds the most number of Michelin stars and the one who proclaimed this sushi restaurant as the best one in the world. Since 2009, Sushi Saito has maintained its 3 Michelin Star rating, but even more impressive is that it is also currently Tabelog’s (Japan’s largest restaurant review website) highest rated sushi restaurant in Tokyo. This just basically means that the rave reviews are across the board unanimous.
Chef Saito’s craftsmanship is said to be at the level where even the taste of a common fish like sardines becomes exquisite. His style is hinged on the precise temperature of the ingredients and “aging” certain kinds of fish to bring out its best flavors.
Being this popular and critically acclaimed, it goes without saying that booking a reservation in this 7-seater sushi joint is extremely competitive. You have to call months in advance to make the list.
Address: 1F Ark Hills South Tower, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1308/A130802/13015251/ (Japanese only)
2. Sugita (すぎた)
In the case of Sugita, Michelin Stars are irrelevant. This restaurant doesn’t have a star and yet those who have eaten here claim it to have a 3 Michelin Star quality sushi. More popularly known as Miyako Sushi, the store changed its name to Sugita when it moved to its new address. The restaurant has a down-to-earth vibe that serves bigger portions of sushi. And although it doesn’t have the Michelin stamp of approval, it is ultra-popular among Tokyoites, which makes the booking hurdle quite comparable to Sushi Saito.
Address: B1F 1 Chome-33-6 Nihonbashikakigaracho Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1302/A130204/13018162/ (Japanese only)
3. Sushi Sho (すし匠)
Rumor has it that Sushi Sho’s Chef Keiji Nakazawa once kicked out Michelin researchers for being rude and for not knowing anything about sushi. Because of this, this Sushi Sho was never featured in any Michelin guides.
No stars? No problem! Who needs the star ratings when you’re already revered by locals?
Chef Nakazawa is a renowned Iron Chef and is one of the first purveyors of reviving the Edo-style sushi. Contrary to the mainstream notion of sushi preparation where fresh is always better, Chef Nakazawa ages all his fish for a number of days. To him, fresh fish doesn’t have taste, and to bring out the depth of its flavor, one must be able to master the appropriate time and process of aging different types of fish. He serves around 40 different kinds of fish in his restaurant, and suffice to say, he had meticulously studied and mastered the aging techniques for each to create one of the best tasting sushi in the city.
Address: 1F Yorindo Building, 1-11 Yotsuya Shinjuku Tokyo
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1309/A130902/13000852/ (Japanese only)
Or enjoy the quality sushi at Sushi Sake. We are located in Plano, TX 75075!