The Neverending Queue Of Tsukiji Fish Market!

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Have you ever wondered how determined is one willing to queue for just a taste of a famous dish? Deciding to find out the answer for ourselves, with fellow gluttons, W & LN, we embarked on a food pilgrimage to the much acclaimed Tsukiji Fish Market which is well-known for its wide selection of fresh seafood & sashimi.

Arriving at about 10am, the market grounds and its surroundings were bustling with people performing their shopping for food, kitchen wares and souvenirs alike. Not wanting to waste anymore time, we decided to make our way to Building 6 where most of the popular sushi joints are being located. What greeted us was endless lines of people queuing for the must eat at Tsukiji Fish Market, Sushi.

The outer market has stalls selling kitchen wares, sake, snacks and other dried seafood etc.

The outer market has stalls selling kitchen wares, sake, snacks and other dried seafood etc.

Tamagoyaki: Something to munch on while queuing for your sushi breakfast. This stall is located opposite Okame Sushi at the far end of Building 5.

Tamagoyaki: Something to munch on while queuing for your sushi breakfast. This stall is located opposite Okame Sushi at the far end of Building 5.

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It’s crazy that the queues extended from the shops to surrounding premises of Building 6. Markers were setup to differentiate the queues of various restaurants. If one must vote, I’ll say the winner for the longest lines goes to Sushi Dai & its sister joint Sushi Daiwa. In fact, a guy queuing for Sushi Daiwa, told me that he & his buddy had been in line since 6am, but had only managed to reach the front of the shop, where many others are still waiting for their turn to be allocated a seat in the tiny restaurant. O_O Speaking of such determination!

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Deciding to settle for Yamazaki Sushi, what followed was an enduring long wait of 2 hrs 30mins, in the cold wind. Sensing our determination in the chilly weather, the lady boss came out to serve hot tea to those who were queuing. Japanese customer service rocks! (^^)

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I must say all the wait is really worth it for we were rewarded with the best sushi we ever tasted!! !

Watching sushi freshly made for you on the spot it’s like watching a food show ‘live’.

Watching sushi freshly made for you on the spot it’s like watching a food show ‘live’.

The Kiku omakase set at ¥3900(S$40+). In this set, one gets to taste nigirizushi with different cuts of sashimi. The sea urchin piece was very creamy & fresh, had a lingering aftertaste of the sea. On the other hand the sashimi pieces where well-sliced, and the fats of the fishes simply melt in one’s mouth. All sushi sets comes with miso soup.

The Kiku omakase set at ¥3900(S$40+). In this set, one gets to taste nigirizushi with different cuts of sashimi. The sea urchin piece was very creamy & fresh, had a lingering aftertaste of the sea. On the other hand the sashimi pieces where well-sliced, and the fats of the fishes simply melt in one’s mouth. All sushi sets comes with miso soup.

If the set is not enough to satisfy your belly, you can always order individual pieces as add-ons. (^^,)

If the set is not enough to satisfy your belly, you can always order individual pieces as add-ons. (^^,)

I will say considering the freshness and quality of the sushi, ¥3900(S$40+) is quite a reasonable price for the omakase set. And with such great customer service, I don’t mind returning to the same shop for sushi again.

As for those who want to avoid a longer wait time, Ryu Sushi, another well-established joint at Building 1 maybe a good alternative. Along the same stretch as Ryu Sushi, are many other restaurants serving various cuisines such as yōshoku (Japanese Western food) and Indian food etc. The crowds seem to be sparser here as compared to Building 6.

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How to Go:  Take the Toei Oedo Subway line (Magenta https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f2/Subway_TokyoOedo.png on maps) to Tsukijishijo Station and walk out through Exit 1A. Just follow the smell of fishes and crowd, you will find your way to the fish market. 😉 At the entrance of the market compound, maps of the Tsukiji Fish Market will be handed to visitors so no worries about getting lost. Have fun eating around!!! (^o^)/

The market may be closed on certain days of every month. For Operating Days, one can refer to their website for more info: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm .

 

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