‘Thou shall not simply eat shushi in Tokyo’. That is golden advice from one of my Tokyo friend who keep telling me to not just eat ‘good enough’ sushi in any of the store. He recommend me go to Tsukiji market and find shop named Sushi Dai, where it is quite easy to spot, just find out where people queue and I will find the place.
So I am planning with my wife, to wake up 4 AM, and start walk to Tsukiji market, just 15 mins walk from our hotel, and we have to start queue from morning to enjoy good breakfast. Yeah, this is my first time that I need to wake up so early just to have breakfast, and since it is my first time, I do have high expectation on this. My wife, on the other hand really excited to walk around Tokyo in the morning while she can watch sun rise in Tokyo. I know Tsukiji Market from discovery travel where the host visiting Japan and keep mention about this famous for tuna auction place.
When we arrive, we are surprise by the crowd that gather around the restaurant in the early morning, seriously they had come early than me, and I am really shocked by this unusual phenomenon. So we quickly go to the end of line and start queue and wait for our turn, meanwhile it is really entertaining to see how the world famous fish market perform its business in the morning, I even see huge tuna, which is as wide as my half height.
It is one and half our after we queue up and we are still not able to go in and enjoy the food, but we are getting closer to the restaurant, and behind us there is this big number of people who queue up with the same intention with us.
Thirty minutes has passed and we are finally pretty near with the restaurant. We can clearly see the restaurant banner and also people inside, it is no wonder it took very long as the place only able to accommodate roughly around 10 – 12 peoples at one time. When we are really close to restaurant, one of the waiters collecting order from us, which to speed up time. We choose complete set, which consist of 10 pieces of sushi and green tea. Bear in mind that the place does not accept credit card so you need to prepare cash.
Two hours has pass, and finally we manage to secure two person seat. I can’t believe I am queue for two hours standing outside just to eat sushi, and it makes me really excited on what kind of sushi that people willing to queue for mere two hours. The reviews on internet and also recommendation from a friend that I trust it makes me still line up and waiting for my turn.
The restaurant is really cramp, and we are eating shoulder to shoulder with other people, but it does not decreasing our appetite and others as well, beside me is local Japanese from Kyoto, and he share to us that he frequent comes to this restaurant whenever he is in Tokyo, just to enjoy good sushi. We got to know him more thrughout our meal.
When the first sushi comes to my table, I am bit sceptical about it since it does not have some special look or anything, but when I taste it, woow it is really indeed good, in fact I never taste sushi as good as this in my life, it is fresh, the portion of rice and sashimi is just right, and it does not need to add some soya sauce or wasabi as the chef already put perfect proportion of soya sauce and wasabi.
After finishing our 10 sushi course, we are given one free sushi and I choose fatty tuna, since it is hard to get outside Japan. I can’t believe mysef that this restaurant, Sushi Dai, will be my top list of sushi in the world. I believe since it is located at Tsukiji market, that probably the ingredient is fresh and top class.
If you don’t want meal set, you can order a-la cart, but it is all in Japanese so you need to be able to read and speak Japanese to communicate with the waiters. The chef kind enough to pass the sashimi set above to all around the table, some take pictures, some admire the beauty how it is decorated.
It is indeed worth to queue for long hours and if you have not tried to dine there, you should put into your top priority in your list. The place is easy to find, once you had arrived at Tsukiji market, you just need to ask around where is the Sushi Dai, and most of the people will tell you the direction.
I rate this place having three stars, it is a must-go-restaurant in Tokyo that you need to put in your list. The experience that you having in this place will make you remember them forever and the taste reference for sushi will be different after you dine there.