Hello! I’m Nakane, curator at THE LIVELY TOKYO AZABUJUBAN. In this issue, I will introduce some recommended sushi restaurants in the gastronomic district of Azabujuban, as well as some manners for eating sushi at the counter that even Japanese people may be surprised to know.
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Sushi Oshima is located approximately two minutes’ walk from the hotel, across the pedestrian crossing in front of the hotel and to the right. If you are going directly from the station, go straight down the Azabujuban shopping street in the direction of Roppongi and you will find it on your right. The wood-grained, see-through exterior of the building exudes a sense of luxury and makes you want to walk through the noren (traditional Japanese curtain) without a second thought.
In the calmly lit restaurant, you can choose between counter seating and a private room. Private rooms are recommended for important business meetings and meetings with friends, while counter seating is recommended for casual conversation and for those who wish to watch the craftsmanship of the chefs.
At night, Sushi Oshima mainly serves omakase, but you can enjoy popular items from the lunch menu at affordable prices. Particularly recommended are the nigirizushi, shirokibako and bara chirashi.
This is a great restaurant to experience typical Japanese sushi at a reasonable price and is recommended for first-timers. The ingredients change depending on the season and availability, so repeat customers can also enjoy it.
A Wooden Box and Bara Chirashi
Enjoy small plates packed in a white wooden box and bara chirashi. This is a very popular and filling set. It is recommended for those who want to enjoy a variety of flavors in a casual setting.
Sushi Oshima’s sushi is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
And last but not least… Here are some tips on eating sushi that even Japanese people may be surprised to know.
- Take a bite of the sushi you are served and eat it as soon as possible so as not to lose its shape.
- Do not wear perfume, cigarettes or other strong-smelling items when visiting the restaurant.
- Do not separate the fish and rice.
If you can follow these rules, then you are a connoisseur!
More advanced tips:
- Eat from light to heavy fish (from white to red fish)
- Eat from nigirizushi to makizushi
- Order sweet foods, such as egg and kanpyo maki, and soup at the end of the meal.
How was your experience at Sushi Oshima?
We hope you enjoy a slightly more luxurious dining experience than usual in the gastronomic district of Azabujuban.
3-11-3 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046
Patio Azabujuban II
Permission to take photographs was granted for the purpose of writing this article. Some restaurants may not allow photography, so please ask the restaurant staff if you wish to take photographs when you visit.
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