January 17, 2018

Tokyo

FEAST

After that borderline-sublime dinner last night at Sushi Bar Yasuda, I asked the concierge this morning for a strong sushi recommendation for lunch.  They came up with Kyubey Sushi in the Ginza district, and boy, was I happy they did!

I can't really think of anything I didn't like about this omakase.  I had an Asahi (or two) to wash down everything.  There are some videos below the sushi photos.  I don't know why I find sushi videos so interesting!

Ginza Kyubey Sushi

Omakase sushi:

Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns

Seaweed & radish

Crab soup

Cod roe

Medium fatty tuna

Sea bream

Salted squid

Hokkaido sea urchin

Sweet ebi

Marinated tuna

Scallop

Marinated herring

Fresh shrimp

Bonito

Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns

Hamachi (Japanese amberjack)

Fatty tuna belly (otoro)

Boiled clam

Fried shrimp head & tail - from earlier fresh shrimp

Cooked tuna

Anago (saltwater eel) 2x - sweet sauce, salt

Radish, mint, sesame - palate cleanser

Whole Sauteed Prawns
Whole Sauteed Prawns

Maki - tuna & spring onion, squash, cucumber

Tamago (sweet egg w/shrimp)

I went back to this donburi (rice bowl) joint at the Shiodome Center that I first tried a week ago to give some other menu items a try.  Once again, it didn't disappoint!

Donburi joint in Shiodome Center

Boiled squid:

Whole Sauteed Prawns

This starter tasted very good, but was awfully chewy.  I guess that's very difficult to avoid with squid.  It had that acquired, briny taste that I think you only get from boiling or pan frying squid and keeping it in its own juices.

Fried chicken:

Whole Sauteed Prawns

Yeah, maybe I shouldn't have ordered the same dish from the same restaurant, but I just couldn't help it re: this fried chicken appetizer.  And it's amazing how shredded cabbage and scallions can augment things.

Tuna donburi:

Whole Sauteed Prawns

My main course was diced ahi served with steamed rice, shredded daikon, a poached egg, scallion and squash.  There were also small sides of sweet, pickled seaweed and potato salad.  Lastly, there was a small pot of chicken broth that I used after finishing half of the tuna and rice.  There were many components to this dish, but it worked nicely.