Most people know the famous Tsukiji fish market of Tokyo, with many tourists and locals braving all-nighters just to visit the markets at 5am for the Tuna sales. It was custom to then line-up in the long queues for a sushi breakfast at one of the 2 most famous sushi bars in Japan - Daiwa Sushi & Sushi Dai.
The Tsukiji market closed in October 2018 and relocated to the all new purpose built facility of Toyosu. Luckily these two famous restaurants also made the move, quickly becoming the must-visit institutions of the new fish market.
I visited the Toyosu market with my wife around mid-morning. We didn’t have the chance to arrive for the early tuna sales unfortunately, but we were on a mission to eat ‘real’ sushi in Japan and headed for Daiwa Sushi.
The tiny sushi bar is located on the ground level, next to to the fruit and veg section of Toyosu. (Hint: use Google maps to find it, as the new market layout is massive). When we arrived we only experienced a small queue (thank you sushi gods), and were then welcomed in to sit at the sushi bar for the Okamase set (Chefs selection).
Daiwa Sushi comes with a huge reputation. Being one of the oldest sushi restaurants at the original Tsukiji market and a favourite establishment amongst the fish merchants. Even the likes of David Beckham and his family have recently visited this small venue for its superior quality sushi.
The Okamase set consisted of 7 sushi pieces + 1 sushi roll, & miso soup - at 4,300 Y ($50 AUD)
As we sat down, the sushi master quickly enquired if there was anything I can’t eat?, and my wife said everything is fine.
The sushi comes quick from the hands of the skilled master, sliced and moulded to shape with the perfect amount of seasoning and wasabi. The master made the preparation look effortless.
The Okamase set consisted of:
Uni (Sea Urchin)
Tamagoyaki (Egg Roll)
Tuna Sushi Roll
Ikura Roll (Salmon Roe)
Hamachi (Yellow Tail)
Miso Soup (Mussel based)
I will admit that I became stuck on two items…. Mind you it was 10 in the morning and its not often I eat seafood at this time of day. My wife happily ate my Uni (Sea Urchin) and the Unagi (Eel). I guess these two items have always stumped me on my quest to eat sushi and sashimi like a pro. But i’ll keep trying.
As we finished the Okamase set, the chef asked if there were any favourite pieces we would like to reorder? which are then charged per piece. My wife was full as I had donated several extra pieces to her set, however I took the opportunity to order 2 pieces of the finest Tuna ‘Otoro’.
Tuna Otoro is the finest and most desired part of the tuna belly, which usually has a POA price tag at sushi restaurants. It was the absolute best sushi I have ever eaten in my life. The sushi master was generous and provided two of the largest cuts for me. It was like eating the finest butter / ocean wagyu / next level heavenly sushi!!!
My wife’s jealously crept in as we were leaving the venue, as she was was too full to eat Otoro sushi when I ordered it.
We were in and out in approx 30mins - which seemed to be the standard of this bustling venue.. As we were leaving there was a decent line forming outside of patrons hoping to score a seat at the bar.
All up, the experience cost us 10,350 Y ($110 AUD) for two people. I can tell you with confidence that if you went to a fine dining sushi restaurant in Ginza or Tokyo central, you would receive the exact same quality but with a price-tag of $400 AUD per person… no lie.
Do yourself a favour and add Daiwa Sushi onto the must-visit list.
Toyosu Fish Market - 6 Chome-3-２ Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061
Hours: open 5.30am - 1pm daily
No bookings available