Sushi Dai and other famous restaurants from Tsukiji fish market open at new Toyosu location. This is a good news to all hola fashionistas and food lovers!!!
We pay a visit to the new market to find out if the restaurants from Tsukiji are still as good as they used to be.
On 11 October, the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market opened for business at Toyosu after making the move from their 83-year-old location at Tsukiji, located roughly 2.3 kilometres (1.4 miles) away.
While a large majority of media reports focused on issues concerning the fishmongers and the new wholesale operations at the facility, another group of tenants were also adjusting to the move, as some of the market’s famous restaurants were due to open their doors at the new complex as well.
One of the most famous of these restaurants was Sushi Dai, often touted as the best place to enjoy fresh sushi in all of Tokyo. Our roving reporter Mr Sato, who’s dined at a number of Tsukiji sushi establishments in the past, decided to pay a visit to the new complex to see how the new restaurants were faring with the move.
When he arrived, he found that the restaurants were now split up over three different areas at Toyosu: Four were in the Fruit and Vegetable Market building, 13 in the Management Offices building, and 22 in the Fish Intermediate Wholesale Market building.
Well-known restaurants like Senrikan and Sushi Dai are now located in the Intermediate Wholesale Market building, so Mr Sato made a beeline for this area to see what it was like. When he arrived, he saw that, as always, Sushi Dai had a long line of customers waiting outside it. Unlike the old Tsukiji location, though, where people had to stand in line before entering, the restaurant now had small round stools for customers to use.
It’s busy here, so if you’re planning on getting in, be sure to get in early in the morning. By 11 a.m., when this photo was taken, Sushi Dai had already stopped receiving customers for the day.
As Mr Sato walked around the complex, looking for another place to dine at, he noticed something very different about Toyosu — all restaurants, and the facility itself, is now non-smoking. However, smokers are still catered for with special enclosed smoking rooms.
As an area that caters to fishmongers and customers alike, there’s more to eat than just fish here, and one of the most famous restaurants you’ll come across is Nakaei, which serves up delicious curry meals.
Mr Sato then turned to the elderly couple next to him, to ask them what they thought about the new cafe. They told him that they loved it and hoped others would too, with their wish being to help fishmongers and establishments in the complex flourish in future.
With these true Tokyo locals frankly telling him their feelings, he once again felt a true sense of Showa-era nostalgia and knew that the real spirit of Tsukiji would live on, in spite of the market’s new shiny surroundings.
It was the perfect way to end his time at the new Toyosu market, and Mr Sato wholeheartedly recommends everyone pay it a visit. The market may have changed location, but the people who made it what it was are still here, keeping old traditions alive like so many generations did before them.
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