Last year, for my 40th birthday, the hubs and I went to Hong Kong for a week but we got a little crazy and stopped in Tokyo for 24 hours on the way. We read about this famous, Michelin star sushi restaurant called Sushi Dai in the Tsukiji Fish Market so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately, we stopped for Ramen first and ended up at the back of the line for Sushi Dai.
So, we waited, and waited, and waited for over two hours and finally had to give up and head to the airport for our flight to Hong Kong. Luckily, we met these cool guys (Sam and Luke) in line and they promised to give us the rundown on the food. So, here’s a taste of what we missed at Sushi Dai!
The boys settle in for a treat after waiting in line for hours. Recently, a friend of ours waited for 4 hours to get in but he, also, said it was worth the wait!
Sam’s description of the food:
- The Aji (horse mackerel) was profound with a huge chunk of ginger and some spring onions.
- The Flounder was prepared with a little bit of sea salt and lemon juice instead of soy so it had a very fresh taste despite the creamy texture.
- The best one by far was the Yellowtail. Never had yellowtail this good before, the taste was insanely rich and really complimented the vinegary rice.
- The Uni did not have the signature bitter aftertaste, it was just the taste of the ocean and the ultra soft texture fighting with the crispy nori that it was wrapped in. Amazing! They actually marinated the Ikura eggs in soy for a few minutes so it was a ready-to-eat gunkan.
- Not one of the pieces of nigiri required extra soy or any additional ingredients. It was perfectly done. However, for my taste, the rice was a little too tough but I quickly forgot about that thanks to the amazing vinegar they used.
- Also, the Clam was still moving on the sushi, it was pretty cool to see although it wrecked a clump of the rice below!
Sam, thoroughly, enjoyed Sushi Dai and had this to say, “We’re spoiled for having Michelin sushi here in Amsterdam, so I’ve had sushi this good before. But the pacing of the meal and the mouthwatering anticipation was something really cool.”
A HUGE thank you to Sam & Luke for providing us with a look inside Tokyo’s famous Sushi Dai restaurant. I can’t wait to go back just to eat there and I’m looking forward to catching up with Sam in Amsterdam so he can take me out for sushi. Thanks again!