Japan

Where to eat in Tokyo: budget to mid-range sushi

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When it comes to the quality and diversity of food, Tokyo is truly unrivaled. Before you are overwhelmed by the vast choice of restaurants of this mega city, you’d better turn to the tabelog, the crowed-sourced restaurant grading website. You will find yourself enormously relieved in choosing the food of your craving on each occasion.

It works similar to Yelp or Openrice, but what makes tabelog stand out is its sophistication, showing the grading scale up to 1/100, such as 3.68 or 3.94, not a simple 3.5 or 4.0 scale. Unlike inflated Yep or Openrice rating, 3.5 grade on Tabelog is considered very good, with over 4.0 rating exceptional (over 4.5 rating can be once-in-a-lifetime meal).

Below are Sushi restaurants that I’ve tried during my visit to Tokyo last Oct and Dec, 2017 and honestly, I didn’t find any single restaurant that I didn’t like in Tokyo so far. Each and every place shined with its never-compromising quality and service like a 5 star hotel.

1. Namazu Uogashi: Tokyo Station, 1F Kitchen Street, Marunouchi 1-9-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo

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One of my favorite budget sushi restaurants in Tokyo, conveniently located in Tokyo station, a serious food mecca. Various sushi sets which come with a big bowl of crab miso soup and salad were so satisfying that I didn’t even bother to find other high-end sushi restaurants during my stay in Tokyo.

Not just value for money, absolute quality of food in Namazu Uogashi left us almost nothing to be desired. Highly recommend if you want to experience local sushi place with the best bang of the buck.

2. Numazuko: 3 Chome-34-16 Shinjuku, Tokyo

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If you are new to the city and don’t know what to eat in this busy Shinjuku area, why not trying Japan’s quintessential gaiten sushi, aka conveyor belt sushi? If you are traveling with kids, it can be another focal point for entertaining them.

Conveyor-belt sushi is not high-end sushi, but as in most Tokyo’s restaurants, quality is never compromised, while delivering fresh and yummy cut of sushi at an unbelievably reasonable price.

3. Otaru Masazushi: 14F Takashimaya Times Square, 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

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Mid-range sushi place in Takashimaya Time Square in Shinjuku, filled with local patrons who enjoy conversations with the master sushi chef. You will easily forget that you are right in the heart of busy Shinjuku area once you step into this restaurant perched on 14F of the fancy department store. Going to spacious underground Depachika (food hall) is an added pleasure if you like to take some sweets home along with you as gift or souvenirs.

4. Manten Sushi: 2 Chome-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda. Tokyo

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It is in Manten Sushi where you can taste virtually over 15 different kind of Omakase sushi at about USD 60 so it is no wonder that this place is always bustling with travellers. Good place to go if your appetite is hardly satiable with a regular sushi set and walking around this beautiful Marunouchi area will give you an ample time to digest all the food.

5. Sushi Sei: 4 Chome-13-9 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo

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Good budget sushi restaurant if you are in Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market area. Surrounded by over 50 sushi restaurants in the vicinity, it is easy to get lost but Sushi Sei did a great job satisfying my Sushi craving in an orderly and cheerful manner.

Next, I will take you to “good to great” non-Japanese restaurants that you will love in Tokyo, so stay tuned.