Ever since watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting a similar experience – a full sushi omakase where the sushi chef meticulously creates each dish and presents it to you. And while you can find great sushi in San Francisco, it’s still better in Tokyo. Unfortunately, most of the fine sushi dining is limited to locals, but where there is a will, there’s a way.
My friend Thad and his wife recently traveled to Japan for their honeymoon and he was instrumental in the planning of my trip and especially this recommendation for the best sushi in Tokyo. Once I had the name of their favorite sushi restaurant (Sushi Ten or “sushi heaven”), I got the concierge of our hotel to book the reservation for us so we wouldn’t be denied due to our foreign accents.
When we arrived at Sushi Ten, we were seated at the sushi counter. A few words were exchanged with Chef Haruhiko Satou to indicate that we would eat everything, but for the most part, he didn’t speak English save for the names of a few of the courses and the only thing we could say was “thank you” in Japanese. All the other couples in the restaurant were Japanese, so they’ve managed to keep the tourists out and they’re probably cringing as I write this blog post.
Each course was absolutely delicious – perfectly seasoned and so fresh. Chef Satou did tell us not to use soy sauce and we followed his rules diligently. And we ate EVERYTHING! We didn’t want to be one of those foreigners who wouldn’t try the local food. Andrew couldn’t handle eating the second serving of uni (sea urchin) or his squid, so more for me! By the time we were done, I was incredibly full, the fullest I’ve ever been from a sushi meal. We had at least 26 courses if I’m counting the photos correctly. And we were completely satisfied.
Sushi Ten could easily charge $300 for the omakase menu, but it was a bargain at roughly $100 per person. When we go back to Tokyo, I would absolutely get our concierge to book us dinner there again.
Address: 2nd Floor, 4-4-16 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo