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Following in last year's footsteps, this year young sushi chefs who have studied long and hard at famous restaurants are opening their own restaurants, grabbing the attention of foodies around the world.
This article will introduce a selection of carefully-chosen sushi restaurants for you, our discerning TokyoTableTrip readers.
If one of these restaurants catches your eye, be sure to stop by soon before reservations all fill up!

1. Ebisu Endo

This sushi restaurant was opened in the suburbs of Shibuya by the talented Chef Endo, who trained at "Sushi Saito."
As the omakase course begins, "dashi" is served, followed by unagi nigiri, which is a rare sight in Edo-mae sushi. This is classic for the "theoretical sushi chef" Endo, whose unique ideas are always a treat.
The sushi rice here has a sharp taste, made by combining Koshihikari rice with Fuji vinegar.
We would be surprised if the reservations here didn't soon fill up to over 6 months in advance.
If you're looking to try Chef Endo's sushi, which is predicted to become a leader in Tokyo's future sushi scene, be sure to make your reservation sooner rather than later!

◆Ebisu Endo
Address: 4F, 1-17-2 Ebisuminami, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6303-1152
Hours: 12:00~ / 17:30~ / 20:30~
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted

2. Jukusei Sushi Yorozu

This sushi restaurant was opened by Chef Shirayama, a young restaurateur in his late 20s who taught himself how to properly cure and age fish.
Here at "Yorozu," the fish is aged to bring out the absolute best of its natural flavors and beautiful textures without masking them - shima-aji is aged for 38 days, kohada for 15, madai for 18, and so on.
The omakase course served by Chef Shirayama, who has taken up the mantle as the next "magician of aged fish" after Chef Kimura of "Kimura" and Chef Fujinaga of "Sushi Fujinaga," costs 23,000 yen.
This sort of "curveball" sushi that breaks from the norms makes for a great follow-up after enjoying traditional Edo-mae sushi.

◆Jukusei Sushi Yorozu
Address: Room 301, 4-6-5 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6712-6744
Hours: 18:00-24:30
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Sundays
Credit cards accepted (JCB, AMEX, Diners)

3. Mitomi

This sushi restaurant was opened by Chef Mitsubashi, who spent 22 years training at the now-closed famous restaurant "Shintomi Sushi."
From the constant hours to the focus on nigiri, from an appreciation for guest preferences to the simple side dishes, the various ways that Mitomi captures the essence of traditional Edo-mae sushi in its style captures the hearts of Edo-mae sushi fans.
Brought over as classics from "Shintomi Sushi" to Mitomi are its stuffed squid, saba, kohada, and anago, all of which are must-try items for die-hard sushi fans.
Another unique plus to Mitomi is being able to stop in during your sightseeing in Ginza, enjoy 5-6 pieces of sushi while taking a quick break, then get back out into the city.

◆Mitomi
Address: 2F 5-10-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 050-5595-9440
Hours: 11:30-21:30
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

4. Sushi Sugaya

This sushi restaurant was opened by the talented Chef Sugaya, who spent 22 years training at famous restaurants like "Sushi Shin," "Sushi Kuon," and "Sushi Arai."
Chef Sugaya is skilled in cooking, but Sushi Sugaya shows off his style by not offering side dishes, only nigiri sushi!
The sushi rice here is made with a blend of two types of red vinegar, resulting in a strong flavor with no sweetness.
The consistent and beautiful nigiri made by Chef Sugaya seem to reflect his character, and as a result sushi fans began to flock to him immediately. Supposedly less than half a year from the restaurant's opening, reservations had to be made several months out in advance.

◆Sushi Sugaya
Address: 1-29-15 Higashi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6230-9545
Hours: 12:00~ (Sundays only) / 18:00~ / 20:30~
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen (lunch) / 20,000~29,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

5. Tomidokoro

This sushi restaurant was opened by Chef Sato, who spent 15 years training at the famous restaurant "Sushi Shin."
Chef Sato's sushi is characterized by its large portion of sushi rice, which is heavily seasoned with red vinegar, and he's already garnered heavy support from the faction of sushi fans who place extreme importance on nigiri sushi.
The lunch omakase course comes with 12 pieces of nigiri sushi for 6,000 yen, an excellent value.
If you're looking for the same kind of "old-fashioned delicious nigiri sushi" that you'd find at "Shinbashi Shimizu," the peak of Edo-mae sushi, this is a must-try location.

◆Tomidokoro
Address: 6-13-3 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6876-0646
Hours: 12:00~ / 17:00
Budget: 6,000-7,999 yen (lunch) / 15,000-19,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted

6. Sakurazaka Kato

This sushi restaurant was opened by Chef Kato, who was part of the popular restaurant "Kioicho Mitani."
"Mitani" is known for its pairing of rare sake and wines with uniquely-prepared seafood like uni, crab, and ankimo, and that tradition, particularly that of alcohol pairings, is alive and well here at "Kato."
You can enjoy an omakase course here (which includes pairings) of the same quality as that at "Kioicho Mitani" for around 30,000 yen, making it a hot topic among many foodies.
The restaurant's new original dishes made by Chef Kato, such as "firefly squid yaki-onigiri," are all fun and interesting.
If the strict Edo-mae sushi scene isn't what you're looking for, this is absolutely a restaurant you should stop by!

◆Sakurazaka Kato
Address: 1-14-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6234-0555
Hours: 12:00-15:00 / 18:00-23:00
Budget: 30,000-39,999 yen
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Credit cards accepted

7. Ranmaru

This newly-opened sushi restaurant is a branch of the popular "Rinda." Behind the counter is the young Chef Shimazu, only 20 years old, who trained at "Sushi Arai."
The omakase course here is priced generously at just 8,000 yen while offering sushi comparable to that at "Rinda." As a result, Ranmaru is becoming quite popular among younger sushi fans in Tokyo as one of the sushi restaurants with the best cost performance.
Here high-quality toppings are paired with sushi rice that has been seasoned with just the right amount of red vinegar.
If you stop by, be sure to try their "Ranmaru-maki," a roll filled with maguro, chu-toro, ootoro, pickled daikon, and chives, then topped with plenty of ikura!

◆Ranmaru
Address: 3-16-2 Shimomeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 050-5595-2337
Hours: 11:30-14:30 / 18:00-22:00
Budget: 3,000-3,999 yen (lunch) / 10,000-14,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Tuesdays, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

8. Sushi Miura

This sushi restaurant was opened by Chef Miura, who spent 13 years at the famous Kyoto restaurant "Kikunoi" and 1 year at one of Tokyo's leading most popular sushi restaurants, "Namba."
Sushi Miura already has built itself a great reputation based on its side dishes thanks to its chef's experience working with Japanese food.
If Chef Miura is able to even further elevate the style of sushi he made at Namba, soon this restaurant will be so popular that reservations will be hard to come by.
Combining the omakase course with sake pairings comes out to around 20,000 yen, a great deal for the quality.
If you're interested in visiting, you absolutely should stop by sooner rather than later.

◆Sushi Miura
Address: 4F 2-12-4 Azabujuban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3457-5777
Hours: 18:00~ / 20:30~
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX)

9. Takagaki no Sushi

This sushi restaurant was opened by Chef Takagaki, who has trained at "Sushi Mizutani" and "Shinbashi Shimizu," some of the best Edo-mae sushi restaurants around.
The secret to the punch behind the sushi rice here, which combines 2 types of red vinegar, is from the chef's time at "Shimizu."
There are high hopes for the future of Chef Takagaki's sushi, combining traditional Edo-mae toppings like shellfish, kohada, hamaguri, and anago with the restaurant's sushi rice.
The lunchtime omakase course requires an advance reservation, but it's priced amazingly at just 7,000 yen.
Be sure to stop by for lunch and enjoy the fruits of this talented young chef's work!

◆Takagaki no Sushi
Address: 1-30-2 Nihonbashikakigaracho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6231-0923
Hours: 18:00~ / 20:30~
Budget: 6,000-7,999 yen (lunch) / 15,000-19,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Wednesdays
Credit cards not accepted

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Saito-san,

Do you know if Ranmaru-maki is part of the omakase on Rammaru or is it an extra add on?

Thank you!

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Also, are there any pieces I should request apart from the Ranmaru-maki? Thanks!

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@saito san

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Hello Saito San and everyone, how is Sushi Ebisu Endo? I am considering to try to book it through Pocket Concierge or Omakase to visit in September however I have heard mixed reviews about this place. Would be great to know what you think about this sushi restaurant.

Thank you

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Also the other alternatives I am considering to Ebisu Endo are Suzuki, Ranmaru, and Tomidokoro. Would be great to know what people recommend between these. (Dinner courses only). Thank you!

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Leo Saito

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In answering the questions, could you let me know:
① all the sushi shops you've been to until now
② out of those shops visited which one was your favorite?

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@guest Book Ebisu Endo for September? It’s a little bit late for that, isn’t it.

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Hello Saito san, thank you for your reply. The only sushi shops I've been to in Tokyo are Mizutani (before it closed), Sawada, Yoshitake, and Sushisho Masa. I actually liked them all in different ways. Now I'm considering different types of sushi restaurants before my next trip and considering between Endo, Suzuki and Ranmaru.

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If you want to enjoy high-end, orthodox Edomae-sushi, I would recommend Suzuki. If you want to try cutting-edge sushi with a bit of playfulness, Endo would be good.
However, if you are going to "Suzuki," I would very strongly recommend going at lunchtime, which is good value for money.

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Probably suzuki out of your choices. And it might still be bookable for dinner for your trip in september.

Ranmaru and ebisu endo should have been booked out already.

16 days ago

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Hi Saito san,

Question on Ranmaru.

If I go for lunch, can I get the dinner omakase? Or will I be limited to a shortened version of the course? I want to get the full and best experience but only have lunch times available

Also is the Shimazu-san the only chef that personally serves you there? I noticed there is another chef in some pictures on tabelog so just want to make sure if I book at Ranmaru, I will be served by Shimazu-san no matter which counter seats I am seated.

Thanks!

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I did not check with the restaurant, but it is quite a flexible restaurant, so I think you should be able to order the omakase course for both lunch and dinner.
There are a few staff members, but the only person who makes the sushi is the restaurant owner, Shimazu-san, so you do not have to worry about that.

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Thanks Saito san!

19 days ago

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I see that the sets at Ginza Sushi Mitomi are very affordable. How is the pricing when ordering okonomi only? Is one risking a bad surprise when getting the bill after ordering more expensive neta like awabi or uni? Or are the pricier neta also kept at a reasonable price here (say, Y1,000 or Y1,500 per piece for the most expensive types of neta)?

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Obviously the bill will be more expensive if you order expensive things like uni, toro, awabi, but even still I don't think the bill will be a surprise if you compare to other high end Ginza restaurants.
I highly doubt you will be paying more than 1,500 yen a piece there even for the most expensive fish. (of course this is just my guess)

I went a few months ago and ordered 3 tsumami, 10 nigiri, one roll, and one tamago. I also had 2 alcoholic drinks. My bill was 15,700 yen.
I didn't order uni/awabi/otoro (I did order chutoro), so if I had ordered something like that, it probably would have been a bit more expensive. Maybe around 17,000 is my guess.

Hope this helps.

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Leo Saito

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The OKimari (fixed course) at lunch is 3000 yen, and you can first order this set menu and then order more of your favorite neta by the piece. I think this is the most cost-efficient way to enjoy sushi at "Mitomi"

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@guest Lunch is now 4,000 yen.

about 1 month ago

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Hello Saito-san,

I have a question regarding Ranmaru, is the Shimazu-san the only chef that personally serves you there? I noticed there is another chef in some pictures on tabelog so just want to make sure if I book at Ranmaru, I will be served by Shimazu-san no matter which counter seats I am seated.

Thank you very much for your reply in advance! :)

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