I mean, some of you are probably like:
Whoa….sushi? For breakfast?! You wack gurrrrl.
Green Tea? Good.
Raw Fish? Gooooooooood.
– Joey Tribbiani Jr.*
Anywho, Sushi Dai, probably one of the most blogged about Tsukiji sushi-yas, already had a line snaked around five times by the time we were done with the auction. Alas, it was not meant to be…this time around…dun, dun, dun…(foreshadow?!).
So wander we did, towards the general direction of Sushizanmai whilst we perused the rest of the market. Sushizanmai has a HUGE space (which we saw on our way in to the auction) with three floors, so we weren’t too worried about a line and all that silly bizniz.
Sushizanmai first opened in the Tsukiji curb market in 2001. Since then, they have opened up a bunch of locations all around Japan. And I mean, a boat load. If I can read their legend properly, they have 31 Sushizanmais in Tokyo alone (along with numerous retail specific, fresh fish, and sushi shops). It’s also littered alllll around other prefectures. So, very easy to go get yourself some Sushizanmai.
A and I shared a sashimi platter and then each got ourselves a tuna sampler. I will typically say I hate shrimp with my sushi. But, let’s get the record straight, I hate the cooked ebi shrimp nigiri that is the typical blah North American fare. I love the raw sweet ebi shrimp that you can suck the sweet, oceany goodness out of the heads. Oh, don’t knock it until you try it. #shrimpbrains
From left to right (zigzagging): Maguro | Tuna, Ika | Squid, Kanpachi | Amberjack, Ikura | Salmon Roe, Akami | Lean Tuna, Akagai | Ark Shell, Ama-Ebi | Sweet Shrimp, Saba | Mackerel.
I only had to Google one of those, suck it memory. #foodknowledgefordays
I never have good squid in Canada. It’s always all tough and chewy, but THIS WAS SO GOOD. So melty. Much tender.
We also had to sample some tuna after seeing their frozen carcasses on display for our gawking pleasure.
From left to right: Akami | Lean Tuna, Chutoro | Medium Fatty Tuna (Upper Belly), Otoro | Fattest Tuna, Aburitoro | Broiled Fatty Tuna, Negitoro | Tuna & Leek
Or from left to right: where Kelly would like to be come summer, where Kelly will probably end up, where Kelly currently is. The fattiest.
Also, because I read/saw/watched/dreamt somewhere that a restaurant’s Tamago (sweet egg omelette) is the test of a chef’s prowess with the art of sushi, we ordered a single Tamago each:
This was too cold and too much egg for my liking.
The sashimi, 2 tuna samplers, 2 nigiri, and probs 2 tea (you win, normal memory) set us back ¥6,194 slash $75 Canadian dollars slash my dollar is totes suckage.