New sushi restaurant Osushi to washoku hatanaka opens in front of Kanazawa station, Ishikawa!

25.April.2019 | FOOD

On 20th April, a new sushi restaurant called Osushi to washoku hatanaka opened in front of JR Kanazawa station, Ishikawa prefecture.

 

The restaurant’s sushi is made by 29-year-old Ayako Hatanaka, who has had many years of experience training at Japanese restaurants in Kyoto and even at a top-class sushi restaurant in the capital of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. Talented staff who have experience working abroad have been specially chosen to work here, and so foreigners can stop by this restaurant to order sushi with no trouble at all!

The restaurant building was once a traditional Kanazawa Machiya merchant house that was built straight after WWII. For the purpose of the restaurant, it was renovated but still maintains the graceful Japanese-style atmosphere The building was formerly used by a fish dealer and so the restaurant decor includes an old fashioned store signboard.

The menu is filled with sushi made using fish freshly caught from Kanazawa Port. There are also many vegetable side dishes made from vegetables which were nurtured to contain lots of nutrients. The vegetables are sourced from the Hokuriku region, which is the northwestern region of Honshu; Japan’s main island. You can also enjoy the flavour of natural wine as the drinks menu includes Japanese alcohol sourced from the Hokuriku region.

 To celebrate the grand opening, MotionGallery is holding a grand funding event which aims to not only raise money to support the business but will also make it possible to purchase 25% off meal tokens! Already, the funding project has raised over two million yen, which is almost three times the amount that the fund aimed to raise.

 

 

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    TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.

     

    As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.

    Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.

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    01.April.2019 | FOOD

    Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa owns a famous sushi restaurant in Hokkaido called Sushi Miyakawa. He is set to bring his legendary menu to Tokyo with his first ever branch in the capital called Sushi Shin by Miyakawa which will open on the 38th floor of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo on April 6, 2019. Online reservations will begin on April 2 at 10:00am (JST).

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    The KURA BURGER Meat is a classic yet scrumptious beef burger served with ketchup.

    The burger buns are made from rice flour, giving them a tantalisingly chewy texture, and also contain black vinegar to make them fluffier and add a touch of sweetness.

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  • Mogu Mogu Nippon | Indulging in Oniku no Osushi’s Matsusaka Beef Don in Asakusa

    27.June.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Asakusa is located in Tokyo and is home to many famous tourist and sightseeing spots such as Sensō-ji Temple and the Kaminarimon Gate. It’s also a place lined with restaurants serving up an array of gourmet dishes.

     

    We have covered many popular cafés and local specialties in Asakusa in MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON. Today, we will take a look at a sushi restaurant called Oniku no Osushi which opened recently where customers can eat sushi served with Japanese wagyu beef. It is the first big name restaurant from the Gion district of Kyoto to arrive in the country’s Kanto region. Since opening its doors, it has been much-talked-about and has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of hungry customers.

    The restaurant is about an 8-minute walk from Akasaka Station via the subway and just a 2-minute walk via Tsukuba Express. You’ll know the restaurant when you see it as the outside of it incorporates a wooden design. Inside, too, wooden planks and pillars decorate the interior.

     

    Matsusaka beef is a brand of beef in Japan made from the meat of Japanese Black cattle that are reared under strict conditions in Matsusaka, Mie. At Oniku no Osushi, customers are able to eat this beef in the form of sushi marbled and with a rare texture.

    I dined together with Chinese model and talent Etsuna. She loves eating out but this was her first time eating rare meat on sushi. We ordered the restaurant’s popular Oniku no Osushi platter and the Gyusen Don (served only at lunchtime).

    Oniku no Osushi Platter (8 Pieces): ¥5,000

    The meat sushi platter comes with eight pieces including two pieces each of lean beef, salted beef, roast beef, and fatty gunkan beef. Excluding the gunkan beef it’s recommended eating each piece from the left as pictured above. Everything is already flavoured so you can eat them as they are.

     

    The gunkan beef is best enjoyed while it is still frozen so I started with that. The cold beef just melts as it enters you mouth. It tastes sweet and has a fatty texture to it. The egg yolk mixes together with the beef on your tongue and gives it an even smoother taste.

     

    The meat of the lean beef, salted beef and roast beef sushi is soft and each is layered with refreshing grated lemon and daikon. When you bite into the succulent meat your taste buds are treated to the sweetness of the fat and the meats’ rich flavours. I was able to taste the distinct qualities of each type.

    Gyusen Don (w/ Cold Miso Soup): ¥2,480

    The Gyusen Don is served at lunchtime only. It contains Matsusaka Gyusen® flakes and Kyoto-style tsukemono pickled vegetables, condiments and bite-sized meat pieces. The presentation of the dish is beautiful! You add soy sauce to it and mix with the egg yolk, and it’s simple irresistible! We made sure to snap a final photo before tucking in.

    The beef of this dish melts in your mouth just like the gunkan beef and blends well with the egg yolk to create a velvety flavour. The dish also has condiments and pickled vegetables too adding to the variety of tastes. If you add wasabi or ginger the flavours are elevated even further, especially when eaten with the Kyoto-style pickled vegetables which creates a spicy tang.

     

    The miso soup that the dish is served with is also Kyoto-style. Wheat starch and pickled vegetables are added to the sweet white broth to create a mellow flavour that goes well with the dish.

    Etsuna gave high praise to the dish too: “It was so delicious. I think there are still a lot of foreigners that don’t know about meat sushi yet, so I think it’ll get popular soon. It’s a bit pricey there are a lot of foreign travelers who want to eat tasty Japanese food, so I recommend it to them.”

     

    Asakusa is famous for its takeaway food to be eaten while walking, but Oniku no Sushi serves up an Asakusa-exclusive gourmet experience too.

    Steamed Rice & Meat: ¥500

    If you’re walking around Asakusa and are feeling peckish, then you should go for steamed rice and meat (おにくの飯蒸し). It’s packed full of beefy flavour.

    What did you think of this little Asakusa lunch trip? Of course, Oniku no Osushi has an evening slot for dinner too, so if you’d like to try some Matsusaka beef then be sure to pay a visit.

     

    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Department)

    Model: 悦奈(Etsuna)

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    02.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    TV anime series Sarazanmai is set to begin airing on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block on April 11, 2019.

     

    As an April Fool’s Joke, Japanese sushi chain Sarazanmai changed their website on April 1 to make it look like they were teaming up with the anime series. Fortunately for fans it turned out to be a real collaboration.

    Eight of the 55 branches of Sushizanmai in the Kanto region of Japan will begin selling a set of 6 sushi pieces inspired by the series for ¥2,160. It will be available from April 11 to May 31. Those who order the sushi will receive one of the six above-pictured lunch mats.

  • 3-Starred Michelin Sushi Chef Opens First Branch in Tokyo

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    Master Chef Masaki Miyakawa owns a famous sushi restaurant in Hokkaido called Sushi Miyakawa. He is set to bring his legendary menu to Tokyo with his first ever branch in the capital called Sushi Shin by Miyakawa which will open on the 38th floor of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo on April 6, 2019. Online reservations will begin on April 2 at 10:00am (JST).

    There are just five sushi restaurants in Japan that hold three Michelin stars. Masaki Miyakawa is set to bring his decades of sushi experience to sushi lovers in the capital. He will dish out fresh fish and ingredients all shipped from Hokkaido to the restaurant every day.

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    The KURA BURGER Meat is a classic yet scrumptious beef burger served with ketchup.

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  • Travel Japan #5: Experiencing Everyday Life in Japan at a Supermarket in Kyoto

    25.February.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    After getting to know some Kyoto history I wanted to know more about today’s Kyoto. The enormous and modern terminal of Kyoto Station contrasts with the temples I’m so interested in. The two co-exist in harmony. I could see Kyoto Tower through the glass – it stood tall like it was watching over this ever-changing city. I will change my perspective today and walk the streets like the locals who live here in Kyoto.

    My destination is undecided. It’s nice to surrender yourself to the flow of the people once in a while and head towards your goal as in Amidakuji (Ghost Leg lottery). Because I’ve learnt on my trip that you can encounter wonderful things by chance on occasion.

    The glass walkway is like a tunnel into the future.

    I look at my reflection in the window and see I have become more of an adult.

    Stood there I gaze for a long time up at Kyoto Tower. As I stare I think about how the city changes, people change, the days transition, but how there are also things I want to stay the same.

    The next place I head to is Aeon Mall, a shopping centre close to Kyoto Station. This is a foreign supermarket to for me, so I get excited. It’s like sifting through a toy box.

     

    An ordinary day for the people living in this country is an extraordinary day for me.

    Each and every thing in there is something I’ve never laid eyes on before.

     

    I walk around, forgetting about the passage of time, and get a glimpse into the simple yet happy lifestyle of people.

    There’s a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in the mall, something I had been yearning for.

    I wonder if my friends would laugh if I told them that the sushi coming round on a conveyor belt is like something out of a Tim Burton movie?

    I feel like the protagonist of that film as I eat the sushi that rolls on by.

    I visited a general store where everything is sold for ¥100.

    I bought a letter set from here and wrote a letter to my precious friend.

     

    To my beloved friend,

     

    Japan is a really wonderful place.

    I’m determined to absorb everything I see and experience in the limited time I have here.

    I don’t know what I will discover on this trip, what I am heading towards.

    It’s hard to describe in words, but I will continue my travels.

     

    Model: Mala Morgan

     

     

    Aeon Mall Kyoto: A Japan-packed shopping mall 10 minutes on foot from Kyoto Station

    Aeon Mall Kyoto is just a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Its shelves are lined with daily necessities, you can dine there, buy souvenirs and more. On Weekends and national holidays there are free shuttles bus that runs every 15 minutes from Kyoto Station’s Hachijoguchi Exit which is very convenient for travellers with heavy luggage.

     

    I really recommend visiting if ever you’re in Kyoto.

     

    Aeon Mall Kyoto

    Address: 1 Nishikujō Toriiguchichō, Minami Ward, Kyoto

    Business Hours: Different for each store. Please visit the mall’s website below to check opening hours.

    Website: http://kyoto-aeonmall.com/

     

    KOHYO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 1F)

    KOHYO is a supermarket that sells various Japanese goods. I get my hands on a range of daily necessities and ingredients as I feel with my own skin what it’s like to real live life in Japan.

     

    Business Hours: 9:00-22:00

    Website: http://www.kohyo.co.jp/

     

    Kaiten Sushi Uogashi (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Sakura Building Floor 4F)

    Kaiten Sushi Uogashi is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that sells over 20 types of seafood everyday. The ingredients change each day. I reconfirm that I really am in Japan as I tuck into my delicious sushi.

     

    Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)

    Website: http://www.maruchu-sushi.com/

     

    DAISO (Aeon Mall Kyoto – Kaede Building Floor 4F)

    DAISO stocks new products every single day. There are ¥100-type stores in every country, but the ones in Japan really are something special! They have so many items that make for perfect souvenirs. It’s an irresistible place for girls who love shopping so I’ve got to tell my friends about it.

     

    Business Hours: 10-00-21:00

    Website: http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/

  • New York Imported Sushi Restaurant Sushi Cafe Taro Undergoes Renovation

    24.February.2019 | FOOD

    Sushi Cafe Taro, a sushi restaurant that opened in Sangenjaya, Tokyo in December last year to successful popularity, is currently undergoing renovation and will reopen on March 1, 2019. The restaurant is a branch of the Brooklyn-based sushi restaurant Taro Sushi.

    Japanese sushi has become popular worldwide. Each country creates their own version and styles of the food, and Sushi Cafe Taro serves it New York Style. They sell the instantly-recognisable California roll sushi which is actually a rare sight in Japan as well as other kinds of sushi rolls, all at an affordable price.

     

    Below is the restaurant’s recommended menu item which is being made even better for the reopening.

    Salmon Avocado Roll: ¥480

    The roll is made with salmon from Alaska and complemented with avocado. Salmon is much more popular than tuna in the US which is the big fish in Japan.

     

    Other picks include the Shrimp Tempura Roll made with large and tender Whiteleg shrimp and spicy sauce, the Una Avo Roll made with eel and avocado―a combination you wouldn’t normally see in Japan―and much more.

  • AEON Announces This Year’s Ehomaki Sushi Including 3-Star Michelin Option

    09.January.2019 | FOOD

    AEON Retail has announced 22 varieties of ehomaki to be sold at nearly 400 branches of AEON and AEON Style on February 2 and 3.

     

    February 3 in Japan marks the day of Setsubun, the day before the beginning of spring across the country. Traditionally people eat ehomaki―long and thick sushi rolls―during Setsubun for sound health. This year AEON will serve up a whole range of different ehomaki including a collection of 11 made with top quality ingredients, a Doraemon version for kids and more.

    Good Luck Seafood Maki: ¥1,382 (Tax Included)

    Lovers of seafood won’t want to miss out on this fresh delight which is packed with 7 different ingredients including salmon, tuna, herring roe, shrimp and more. There is more filling than rice in this ehomaki so expect a full stomach.

     

    Ingredients: Salmon, Tuna Tataki, Shrimp, Bigeye Tuna, Herring Roe, Shishamo, Squid, Fried Egg, Cucumber, Ooba Leaf

     

    Sushi Yoshitake’s Goku Ehomaki: ¥1,058 (Tax Included)

    Sushi Yoshitake is a Michelin 3-star restaurant that has ranked in the Michelin guide for 8 consecutive years. This thick ehomaki incorporates techniques from the restaurant owner Masahiro Yoshitake. It includes a smooth and soft sponge cake-like egg, salted salmon roe and herring roe. Its mix of ingredients make for layers of enjoyable textures and flavours.

     

    Ingredients: Egg, Anago Eel, Soy Sauce Salmon Roe, Shrimp, Herring Roe, Kanpyō, Minced Fish, Cucumber

     

    Crab Maki: ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    To ensure its delicious flavour this ehomaki is topped with plenty of crab.

     

    Ingredients: Kasumi-gani Crab, Kinshi Tamago Egg, Mizuna Mustard Greens, Carrots, Ponzu Jelly

     

    Hokkaido Scallop, Sweet Ebi and Aomori Flounder Futomaki: ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    The scallops put into this ehomaki are carefully farmed in Hokkaido. Added to that is rich and sweet shrimp and flounder from Aomori sandwiched between kelp.

     

    Ingredients: Scallops, Sweet Shrimp, Flounder, Spring Onions, Grated Ginger

     

    Doraemon & Nobita’s Nakayoshi Ehomaki: ¥1,058 (Tax Included)

    This set comes with two half-sized ehomaki. The one on the left contains dorayaki sponge, Doraemon’s favourite food. The one on the right is a Nobita-inspired ehomaki containing fried shrimp and curry rice.

     

    Ingredients:
    Doraemon Ehomaki – Dorayaki Sponge, Salmon, Tuna Mayonnaise, Fried Egg, Shrimp, Lettuce
    Nobita Ehomaki – Fried Shrimp, Potato Salad, Lettuce, Curry Rice, Fried Egg

     

    Be sure to get your fill this Setsubun season in Japan by getting your fingers into one of these delicious ehomaki at AEON.

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe : Learn How to Make “Pressed Sushi of Sanrio’s character”

    30.December.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish. In this character recipe you’ll learn how to make a “Sanrio Character’s Pressed Sushi”, the perfect dish for a new year♡

     

    1:Ingredients

    Sashimi of your choice (for this time, try salmon, snapper and tuna) Shredded cooked egg
    Salmon roe
    Boiled podded peas
    Green shiso
    Vinegar rice
    Pudding cup

    ☆You can use as much as you want.
    ☆You can use a cake pan instead of a pudding cup.

     

    For Topping

    Kamaboko of your choice
    Shimeji mushroom(for pompompurin’s hat) ※pour men-tsuyu a bit and use microwave.

    Cookie cutters
    Dried seaweed puncher

     

    3

    1 Put saran wrap into the pudding cup
    2 Put in sliced sashimi with a slight overlap
    3 Let the vinegar rice cool a bit and stuff it tightly.
    4 Wrap it well and let the sashimi and rice keep for a while.

    4

    Cut the white Kamaboko out with a cat shaped cookie cutter (for Hello Kitty).
    Cut the green Kamaboko out with a round shaped cookie cutter. Place the small round eyes on the round shaped face.(for Keroppi)

    Cut the yellow Kamaboko out with a bear shaped cookie cutter, then take the ear pieces away, and replace them with raindrop shaped Kamaboko. Use pasta to fix Shimeji mushroom cooked in a microwave for the hat(for Pompom purin).

    Put seaweed-eyes and nose on each face.
    ☆All cookie cutters except the aluminium one, and Kitty’s bow, are available at Seria.

    5

    Take Sushi from picture3 out and turn upside down on the green shiso.
    Place shredded cooked egg, boiled podded pea, salmon roe, kamaboko on the picture5 and your pressed sushi is complete.

     

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series! Please check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

  • Enjoy Authentic and Affordable Sushi at Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar in Ginza

    02.November.2018 | FOOD

    Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar in Ginza is bringing huge changes to its menu on November 1, 2018 to offer a modern sushi dining experience for customers to enjoy Ginza’s yearned-for sushi culture.

    The new Shari is now equipped with counters where nigirizushi hand-formed sushi can be enjoyed. It now offers the kind of cool atmosphere where you imagine a Japanese businessman in his 40’s treating his junior work colleagues to food. It is estimated an average customer will spend about ¥6,000 here.

     

    The new menu is designed by Issei Suzuki who cultivated experience at Nadaman and worked as an executive chef at one of celebrity chef Koumei Nakamura’s restaurants. Suzuki has woven together affordable izakaya cuisine with Japanese-style Chinese cooking. Customers can enjoy authentic-tasting sushi and a selection of sides together with 30 types of wine and 20 brands of sake, all of which have carefully selected by alcohol connoisseurs.

    Nigirizushi is served after you have chosen your preferred toppings. Each topping is served with two sushi pieces that come in sets of 6 for ¥1,500, 12 for ¥2,500 and 18 for ¥3,500. This autumn’s 18 piece combination comes with 9 different high quality ingredients including sea urchin, tuna, medium fatty tuna, sea bream, scampi and more. Each piece goes for ¥195 each making for a bargain order.

     

    *All prices listed are tax-inclusive.

    The new menu also includes makizushi rolled sushi which too is made with top grade ingredients. New items include the ‘Truffle Foie Gras Roll,’Grilled Beef Roll,’ ‘King Crab Roll’ and the cute seven-coloured and jewel-like ‘Rainbow Roll.’

    The truffle roll sushi is contains richly seasoned foie gras teriyaki wrapped in vinegared rice and laced with sliced truffle that creates a beautiful dessert-like appearance.

    The beef and sea urchin are grilled after being rolled around vinegared rice. It’s made with a rice wine and soy sauce based sauce that also uses beef sinew.

    The king crab roll is best eaten the restaurant’s specially made sauce that contains tommaley and ponzu.

    The colourful rainbow roll is made with five types of fish―greater amberjack, tuna, mackerel pike, squid and salmon―as well as fried egg and cucumber. These 7 ingredients make the roll look like a precious gem that you’ll find yourself snapping a photo of without even thinking.

    The chef’s recommendation consists of two dishes. The ‘Kaisen Kamataki Gohan’ is a new dish that contains sea urchin, shrimp and squid cooked in an iron kettle with the juices of abalone and sea bram. The ‘Sake to Tappuri Ikura no Kamataki Gohan’ is a bright-red salmon and salted salmon roe dish which has people who have eaten it come back for it again at an 80% rate.

    Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar is a cost-efficient location for enjoying food in Ginza whether it’s from their izakaya style meals to their Japanese-style Chinese dishes.

  • Tuck Into a Full Course of Crab at Sushiro’s Crab Festival

    01.November.2018 | FOOD

    Sushiro’s popular annual crab festival Dotou no Kani Matsuri is back again this year, beginning on October 31. They are selling an ocean of luxuriously used crab meat once more including snow crab. The price of crab in Japan saw a sudden jump last year, but that hasn’t stopped Sushiro from serving a range of filling crab items. They are offering a diverse line-up, everything from sushi to side menu selections.

    Raw Hon Zuwai Kani Snow Crab: ¥150 (Pre-Tax)

    Maru Zuwai Snow Crab – 2 Pieces (Claw & Leg): ¥300 (Pre-Tax)

     

    On this year’s sushi menu is the Hon Zuwai Kani Snow Crab which is served raw. Its freshness ensures you get to indulge in the the full and original delicious flavour of the crab. The Kani & Chuu Toro is another choice, combining crab and medium fatty tuna and a rich topping of miso. The tasty two-piece Maru Zuwai Snow Crab tantalises a tender texture from the crab’s claw and leg, and the Yaki Karasumi no Kani Taru Taru feels gourmet with its hearty serving of karasumi.

    Crab Cream Korokke: ¥150 (Pre-Tax)

    Rich Crab Miso Ramen: ¥380 (Pre-Tax)

     

    For sides you can look forward to the Crab Cream Korokke, the highest-selling korokke in Japan throughout the year, as well as Sushiro’s hugely popular Rich Crab Miso Ramen. This year the ramen uses Saikyou miso as the base, a sweet type of miso made widely in Kyoto and the Kansai region.

     

    Crab lovers won’t want to miss these catches!

  • Kaori’s Easy Recipe: Learn to Make Kiirotori Cup Sushi

    07.October.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD

    With just a small bit of ingenuity, turn everyday food into something cute using Kaori’s easy recipe! With a few simple ideas, an ordinary recipe magically transforms into a cute dish.

     

    Today, you’ll learn how to make Kiirotori Cup Sushi. Kiirotori is a small yellow bird who is often seen with Rilakkuma.

    1.
    Ingredients
    ★Transparent cups (the ones I used are from Daiso)
    ★Sumeshi (vinegared sushi rice)
    ★Ground sesame seeds, furikake seasoning (I used Decofuri’s orange and purple seasoning)
    ★Thick omelette
    ★Fresh fish of your choice

     

    2.
    Divide three portions of vinegared sushi rice and mix one each with the ground sesame seeds and Decofuri seasonings. Mix the Decofuri orange seasoning with some flying fish roe (tobikko) too.

     

    3.
    Create three layers of rice from step 2 in your transparent cups as shown above.

     

    4.
    Pile fresh fish of your choice onto the cups.

     

    5.
    Slice the thick omelette. I sliced mine into a Kiirotori shape but you can make whatever you like.

    Place your character omelette on top of your rice next to the fish. I was making Halloween themed sushi this time so I dressed it up with Halloween toothpicks and other decorations♡

    Kaori invites you into her world of character-themed food dishes in her recipe series. Be sure to check out her Instagram where she has uploaded many pictures of her character dishes!

  • Enjoy Deliciously Rich Aged Sushi at the Newly-Opened Wadanoya in Ebisu

    29.September.2018 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Have you ever heard of jukusei sushi?

     

    Jukusei sushi is aged or matured sushi. It overturns the idea of fresh fish and instead tries to bring out the maximum possible flavour out of the fish through ageing. Just how does the flavour of aged sushi change from the other sushi I’ve eaten?

     

    Today I visited Wadanoya, an aged sushi shop in Ebisu, Tokyo that receives direct deliveries from Kyushu.

    The restaurant is located between Daikanyama Station and Ebisu Station, just a 5-minute walk from either. It’s located on the lower first floor of a building.

     

    They offer both relaxing counter seats and horigotatsu, or sunken kotatsu seats. When there aren’t a lot of customers in I recommend eating at the counter where you can chat with the owner.

    The meal I ate was a set course. The starter was sashimi which I had with white wine. This fish was caught in the Goto Islands.

    Next up was tempura – Satsuma chicken and seasonal vegetables. The chicken was juicy with a light dressing. It’s eaten with salt and ponzu. The summer vegetables were okura and eggplant. These were also grown in Kyushu.

    This was followed by horse-meat sashimi from Kumamoto served with hot Kabosu Kosho. Adding even just a little to the meat allows for enjoyment of a completely different flavour. The meat is soft, melts in your mouth and doesn’t smell.

    Next was sea urchin from Nagasaki Prefecture topped with butter shoyu and fish offcuts. The butter shoyu gives the sea urchin and offcuts an extremely rich flavour. It was a luxurious dish with a hearty serving of fresh sea urchin.

    And then the star of the show which I couldn’t wait for – aged sushi!

     

    This fish is meichidai, or grey large-eye bream, which had been aged for one week. My first impression was “How rich!” It’s a little thick and has a deep flavour. Its good, rich taste fills your entire mouth.

    I also ate other aged sushi too including mackerel and tuna. The mackerel I had was aged in the refrigerator for 3 days and the tuna one week. It might have been the first time I had ever eaten such thick, smooth tuna.

     

    The owner said that each respective fish is aged for the right period under the right temperature conditions. They go to such lengths to create these rich flavours!

    Having enjoyed my fill with a full belly the last item on the course was a large serving of dagoshiru soup. It contains lots of ingredients like chewy dango, carrots and greater burdock. It had a subtle and mild taste.

     

    Wadanoya is a popular restaurant that originates from Osaka. It’s sure to end up popular in no time in Ebisu too. The restaurant is celebrating its opening until the end of October 2018 by serving their 28-item sushi course for ¥10,000 down from the regular price of ¥12,000.

     

    Take advantage of this special price and try aged sushi for yourself.

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