Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-George Bernard Shaw
Welcome to 2015! With some light traveling and holiday events the time just flies on by. Hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy a wonderful holiday and a fantastic kickstart into the new year.
If you love sushi and have visited Tokyo before I am pretty sure within your research for the Tsukiji market both Sushi Dai and Daiwa will pop up. They are the most popular choices for good reason and are open for breakfast, fresh sushi and acquire long queues as early as 4am.
The line at sushi Daiwa for starters is a bit shorter than sushi Dai. The space nearly double of sushi Dai, housing 20 diners at a time from their two sided restaurant that is split by a wall and each side holds 10 diners and 3 chefs which makes for a quicker chance to dine. During the two times that I went, once at 8:30am and 9:30am, the wait was only 30-45 minutes long.
They do not offer that additional artistic touch like a Michelin starred or high-end sushi restaurant with expensive plating and details. So if you are expecting that, you should look at Kyubei or Jiro and expect to pay $300+ US which is worth it in its own right. What you will find is simply delicious cuts of fresh fish and seafood for a superb deal with a story to tell with it.
I can tell you the main difference for me between Dai and Daiwa are:
– The wait
– The size
– The extra pieces offered at sushi Dai (allowing user to pick their last to be any piece is a treat)
– The cuts for certain offerings are marginally better than the other. IE: Red snapper is better at Dai and you will be able to find more unique pieces included in your omakase
Additional thought, I’ve read the reviews that the old man enforcing the line can be a bit grumpy or rude but from the two experiences I’ve had he’s been quite delightful and full of smiles. Perhaps he had an off day, as we all do. Or his stern demeanor may be misunderstood as grumpy.
I must have loved it because not only did I go twice in one week, I always order a la carte after my omakase.
If you have a few days to kill in Tokyo and love nigiri, make sure to stop on by.
Notables: They are closed on Sundays and certain holidays. Make sure to check the Tsukiji website for market dates. http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/etc/calendar/2015.html
Make sure to not drink a whole gallon of water before going.
Love, This holiday butterball