Sushi Tokami 鮨とかみ – The michelin sushi that uses red vinegared shari

Sushi Tokami 鮨とかみ

B1F, Ginza Seiwa Silver Bldg, 8-2-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

DSC_0330Going to a Michelin sushi place has somehow turned into a ritual whenever I am in Japan. Not deviating away from the usual practice, after quite a long search due to the massive closure of Michelin restaurants during the Golden Week, Sushi Tokami (One Michelin star) is one of the rarest few that is still open on one of the days. But that comes with a caveat as its original 5000 yen set for a 10 piece sushi course went up by more than 50% to an unforeseen 8000 yen due to the sudden jack in market prices of the fishes charged by the famous Tsukiji Market that are also set to close for the next few days. Well, so we got the 10 piece sushi and lets get a glimpse on what were served!

DSC_0332 This perfectly marinated Octopus tasted lightly sweet and tasted really flavourful without an overly chewy texture. Being one of the freshest octopus that I’ve ever had, this appetiser was definitely one of the highlights of the sushi course.

Tokyo Kyoto 2015-001Before getting into the more exciting Sushi, lets take a look at the more common or basic sushi that are served in most Michelin restaurants. Anticlockwise: Tai snapper, Marinated Tuna, Chuttoro, Kohada, Anago and Sweet Ebi. Fresh is a given over here and the melt-in-your-mouth sensation is common as well. The Sweet Ebi though had a different texture with its succulent springy meat.

And I realised that there is a major difference in these seemingly similar Michelin sushi restaurants after having visited quite a few in Japan – The Shari or sushi rice; literally splitting them into two distinct groups. What we might have been more familiar with, the mirin marinated sushi rice that has more sweetness than sourness (usually white in colour), is replaced by the red vinegar shari (brown in colour) by a large number of restaurants (or it could have been the other way round depending on who came first). So it really depends on your preference, whether the sweeter rice or slightly more sour one suits your palates. As for now, this is my list of the two major groups:

White shari – Ginza Sushi Ichi, Sushi Iwa, Shinji by Kanesaka

Brown Shari – Sushi Shin, Sushi Tokami

And personally, the white shari appeals more to me, which I believe is the same for most Sgreans. So next up for the highlights! Continue reading

Ginza Sushi Ichi – As wonderful an experience in the Tokyo main restaurant

Ginza Sushi Ichi

3-4-4 Ginza, Chuouku, Tokyo, Japan

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In the land of Michelin (Tokyo), you would need to book in advance to secure seats in these restaurants as they more often than not only have a very small seating capacity of less than 15 people. Well, I kinda like that as it gives a more intimate dining experience with the chef! You may be able to get seats even by booking a weak ahead but during peak periods like Christmas and new year, one month in advance is usually the advice given if you want to secure really good restaurants!

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Having been impressed by Sushi Ichi Sg (Scotts Square), I have already decided to visit the main restaurant in Tokyo more than half a year ago! This restaurant was previously awarded a star and I’m not too sure if it still retains it. Nonetheless, with more than 100, 000 restuarants in Tokyo itself, the Michelin Connoisseur would absolutely not be able to cover all the restaurants even if there’s a battalion of them! This was still a superb restaurant in its own right. Continue reading