Saturday, December 8, 2012

raw beauty

 
And we're back, with more of Top 10 things I miss the most. Coming in at number six...

6. SUSHI

I don't mean to whine, but I reeaaally miss the fish. I miss the generous cuts, at moderate prices, that melt in your mouth. Sushi, even good quality stuff, is no big thing in Japan. It's neither precious nor pretentious (though it can be, at the sorts of expensive restaurants I don't go to). It's not haute cuisine. It's basic, and in Tokyo it was everywhere. My favorite place to eat it was at the jam-packed lunch counter at Midori sushi in the Mark City mall in Shibuya. I'd get take-out from the little sushi shop on the Hiroo shopping street. I'd grab minced tuna-and-scallion rolls from a supermarket cold case - the label on the plastic box would note the exact time the roll was made (that morning) and a "best before" time (later that day). I was not picky, because I didn't have to be. You don't have to spend a lot of money on sushi in Tokyo to be happy. (If anybody reading this knows a decent sushi restaurant in New York's Westchester County that won't break the bank, please post a comment below!)
 
Snapper. Salmon. Mackeral. With pickled ginger.

Salmon, cucumber and crab topped with avocado, mayo and roe; Midori's idea of a California roll
supermarket sushi platters, priced around $12 each
unagi and a raw veggie salad riding the sushi train at a kaiten joint on Omotesando
conceptual advertising

a food show vendor's plastic samples look good enough to eat

frozen tuna in a warehouse, around 6 a.m., Tsukiji fish market 

 
tuna-on-tuna roll

7 comments:

Nancy said...

Yaaay you're back! Have been meaning to let you know they have done up the Dixee Dee but dogs are still OK. Nothing's changed in the old hood - apart from the fact that we are moving to Shanghai in January and Smash Hits have brought back the old tokens....

Laura @Travelocafe said...

What a yummy post! I looove sushi and this only made me hungry and eager to go back to Japan. Happy New Year!

Amanda Kim said...

Hi, lovely yummy pictures! Where did you go for that plate of really loooong salmon sushi? Will be going to Tokyo in May, would love to try out this place. Thanks!

Amanda Kim said...

Hi, lovely yummy pictures! May i ask where did you go for that plate of really loooong salmon sushi? I'll be traveling to Tokyo this May, would love to try out this place. Thanks!

Maryanne said...

Hi Amanda,
That long salmon sushi is from Midori sushi - it's a chain known for generous portions and fresh fish and reasonable prices. I would always go to their small restaurant inside the Shibuya Mark City mall, next to Tokyu Plaza, across from the statue of Hachiko the dog that's outside Shibuya JR station. Go up two escalators to "restaurant row". There's always a line of people waiting to get into Midori so I recommend joining the queue before they open at 11:30 am. Tell them "counter ok" - it's more fun to sit at the counter and you'll be seated sooner. It's so busy the sushi chefs stand elbow to elbow, working constantly. Have fun!

Amanda Kim said...

Thanks Maryanne for the detail guide, appreciate it very much

Amanda Kim said...

Thanks Maryanne for such detail guide, appreciate it very much!