I had intended to spend my break writing about our favourite meals in Europe, but thanks to cheap airfares from Grabaseat, we found ourselves in Tokyo on Christmas Day, with ten days for sampling as much as we could of what this great city had to offer. With our limited language skills and a lack of knowledge about Japanese customs, we were uncomfortably in the dark about a lot of things, but that didn't stop us from having many excellent meals. In fact, we only managed to have one meal that was bad in Tokyo (and even then there were parts of it that were good); the rest were what we considered above average, if not fantastic.
For many people, sushi is the first thing that comes to mind when they think of Japanese food. Although not as plentiful as, say, ramen eateries in Tokyo, all the sushi places we tried served a greater range of sushi than we are used to in Auckland. Mostly made with raw seafood (including shellfish, octopus tentacles and roe, as well as many types of fish), they were far more exciting than the chicken or canned tuna ones which seem to be more common here. And more often than not, they were presented in the nigiri style (握り寿司, "hand-formed sushi"), with the flesh draped over the vinegared rice, rather than the makizushi (巻寿司, "rolled sushi") we generally see here.
Amazingly, the best sushi we had on our trip was at the most unlikely of places: the airport. Given that even in such food-focused countries as Singapore, we were served terrible airport food, we did not have high expectations at Narita Airport. However, Sushi Kyotatsu (すし京辰), located opposite Gate 33 in Terminal 1, was even better than the tiny sushi shop I was going to rave about, where you had to eat standing up in front of the chef who made your sushi to order. And we were only able to try it because the boarding for our flight home was delayed by 15 minutes.
|A selection of sushi at Sushi Kyotatsu.|
|One of four chefs brushing our tuna with marinade.|
|Even more expensive sushi, which we did not order.|
Sushi Kyotatsu (すし京辰)
Terminal 1, No.3 Satellite, 3rd Floor, Narita Airport, Japan
+81 (0)476 321 777
Mondays to Sundays 8:30am - 9pm (last order 8:30pm)
|The sign we saw on the way to our gate.|
|Entrance to Sushi Kyotatsu.|