Breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market is a dining experience you'll never forget
After witnessing the famous tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market. I knew there was one more thing I wanted to try while there, and that was to have sushi for breakfast at the Tsukiji fish market.
I had heard so much about this incredible experience, that I could not leave without trying it—after all, who knows when I’ll be visiting Japan again?
I had only one worry on my mind, and that was ‘would I get sick from eating raw fish at 5:30 am in the morning’? The answer was, luckily, no!
Popular Sushi Breakfast Spots at Tsukiji Fish Market
The sushi restaurants are found in the outer markets of Tsukiji fish market. The two most popular breakfast spots are Sushi Dia and Daiwa Sushi.
Even though Daiwa Sushi and Sushi Dia are said to be the best sushi places for sushi breakfast at Tsukiji fish market.
I think the same quality of sushi could be had at the other restaurants in the market as they all serve the same quality fresh fish from the Tsukiji fish market.
So, don’t be disappointed if you’re not able to visit either of these restaurants.
My Experience Having Sushi for Breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market
By the time, I had finished the tuna auction at around 5:40 am in the morning, people were already lining up to enter Sushi Dai, some from 2:30 am, with a waiting time of three hours!
Now, I am a ‘you only live once’ kinda girl, that likes to experience new things, but a three-hour wait on an empty belly in the rain was not one of them.
So, I went next door to Daiwa Sushi, which had a shorter line, due to the fact that they had a ‘bouncer’ type guy there. The guy closed off the line just as I joined it and asked a group of three people to come back in hours. This is a way for the restaurant to stop the line from getting too long and blocking the restaurants next door.
I waited for 45 minutes with my face pressed against the glass window, looking like a salivating cat as I watched others eating their sushi with big cheesy grins on their faces.
All I could think about was, what was I going to get?
Daiwa Sushi is small, with seating for maybe 10 people max at the counter at any one time.
The menu is set and omakase (a Japanese phrase meaning, “I’ll leave it to you”) or simply put, a type of meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef.
I got the chef’s choice, and for good reason, as you get a bowl of miso soup, green tea and 10 pieces of sushi.
The sushi is served in quick succession, starting with Japanese omelette and sea urchin, shrimp tuna maki roll, salmon, fatty tuna and shrimp sashimi, yellow-tail and eel, mackerel, and some other dishes that I didn’t take note of, as I was too busy wolfing them down.
One thing I will say as a fish lover, and as someone who grew up by the sea, was that I could taste the freshness of each piece of fish, especially the tuna, which was so soft that it melted in my mouth, making me wish that there was more on my plate.
The chef advised everyone when and how to properly dip their sushi in soy sauce.
But in all honesty, there was no need for soy sauce as each piece of fish had its own distinctive flavour, which needed no accompaniment. I left the sushi breakfast very satisfied and contented after my experience.
The entire sushi breakfast experience from getting my miso soup to paying the bill took around 25 to 30 minutes. So, if you like to sit and have your breakfast over a longer period this might not be the place for you to try sushi for breakfast.
I had the chefs choose, which worked out at £45 (cash only). For many, £45 could be steep, but for me, I think it was worth it, for the freshness of the fish and the experience. Most places in the Tsukiji market are cash only.
This was one of the highlights of my trip to Japan; I would highly recommend visiting the Tsukiji fish market and having sushi for breakfast, as you will never experience such melt-in-your-mouth sushi in your life again.
I am now a sushi snob and can no longer buy pre-made sushi …… my days at Wasabi are over!
If you want more tips on visiting the Tsukiji fish market, read my post on” 7 things to know before visiting the Tsukiji fish market".
Tsukiji Market Part 6 Bldg. 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
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