Friday, February 12, 2010

Tsukiji Market (築地市場) and Daiwa (大和) - Tokyo
Everyone says to get to Tsukiji early to see the action, as the market opens around 5am. It's also convenient if you're jetlagged to get up early anyway for a breakfast of champions. We planned to get there around 6, but per usual, I took the lead to ensure our fashionably late arrival. It worked out well, since we got there around 10 and the crowds had already started to dissipate. Some scenes from my favorite market in the world:

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Ambrosia from the gods, Tokyo edition. (Photo courtesy of D)

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Behind the scenes (Photo courtesy of D)

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Would love to mount this one on a wall. That is one brazen indicative-dead-fish-eyeball. 

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Taken from outside the auction area

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大和 - Daiwa
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One of the most well-known sushi restaurants in Tsukiji is Daiwa. Located in the small streets outside the market, it is pretty easy to spot from afar, given its menacing wraparound queue.

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A tight squeeze!

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We went with the omakase, which comes with 7 pieces and 1 roll. It soon becomes obvious that the main focus here is the fish - all very fresh and good; the rice is nothing to speak of. Though they score high in the flavor department, the pieces are rather roughly cut and sloppily assembled. My favorites were the uni and the soft, delicate anago.

I absolutely despise waiting for food, and we ended up waiting around an hour before we got our seats. Was the rigmarole worth it? Absolutely. If a restaurant had to embody the frenetic pace and rubber-necking of Tsukiji, this would be it. 

大和 - Daiwa Sushi
5-2-1 Tsukiji
Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan

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Anonymous Renée said...

I remember there was a bit of a debate over which was better, Daiwa Sushi or Sushi Dai. I went to the latter and it was fantastic. Probably a few more items than you had (but I had the largest omakase involving plain sushi and no maki). I remember the best toro (it was still a little warm and melted in my mouth, literally!), super sweet uni, and the fluffiest just rolled tamago (no rice).

Maybe a taste comparison is warranted. Should we book up hypothetical plans? ;P

2/12/2010 6:23 AM  
Anonymous Jonny said...

Really enjoy reading these... just thought I'd let you know!

2/12/2010 6:35 AM  
Blogger Hungry Hedonist said...

Renee - That sounds delicious. Yes, I think a trip to NRT is in order...one can never get enough of Tokyo.

Thanks Jonny!

2/12/2010 11:13 AM  
Blogger Single Guy Ben said...

Tsukiji seems like a food-lover's dream. I hope one day to visit it. Not sure if I would stand in line, though, for just a few bites of sushi.

2/14/2010 4:50 PM  
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Well fish looks delicious when you see it in a dish, but actually is a quite disgusting if you watch the entire process it has to pass to be there... For example in the first and the second picture I wanna throw up.

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