While in Tokyo, we had to get our sushi on. It turns out that one of the receptionists at the Vedema Santorini mentioned she lived in Tokyo for a bit. We asked for sushi restaurant recommendations, and she provided several excellent choices. We settled on Sushi Zanmai because it was supposed to be the best choice for fresh sushi in a casual atmosphere at a price point that wouldn’t break the bank. Plus, it’s a favorite of the locals, which is one of the strongest factors we consider when choosing a restaurant. Sushi Zanmai did not disappoint!
When you enter this location of the restaurant (there are several locations), you pass a couple of fish tanks letting you know the sushi you are about to consume is fresh. We even saw the guy next to us eat a fish that had been cut up, but that was still barely breathing and alive! Wow! Now, that’s what I call fresh.
We sat at the sushi bar which gave us a view to the skilled sushi chefs (the older men) and the up-and-coming trainees (the younger men who prepped and cut whole fish and stocked supplies for the chefs).
We started our meal with a half bottle of cold saki. I’m not a saki expert, so I cannot really comment on the unique flavors of the type we had. I will say that Sushi Zanmai seemed to have a decent list of choices at multiple price points.
Tocqueville is not a fan of sushi, and I can only handle things that are not too fishy. So we played it safe and stuck to tuna and salmon. For the tuna, I ordered a “flight” of regular, medium fatty, and fatty. Whoa, was the fatty tuna good! If I remember correctly, the fatty tuna cost around $4USD per slice, the medium fatty around $3USD, and the regular maybe $1.5USD (and there was a discount for the “flight”). Tocqueville ordered a mixed tempura plate, which had some veggies, a prawn, and a small fish (with tail).
Most of all, we were well satisfied with the very reasonable cost of this dinner (especially considering we were in Tokyo), the freshness of the food, and the local-filled atmosphere.