Speaking of sushi in Tsukiji former Market, Daiwasushi (大和寿司) was one of the most popular sushi shop as well as Sushidai. There used to be so much people in front of the shop early in the morning on weekdays. When I ate at Daiwasushi for the first time, I was impressed by the tastes. But I don’t want to wait so long. So, I visited there only for 2 times.
But the Daiwasushi in Toyosu Market now don’t have much guests early in the morning on weekdays, even on Saturdays. The reason is its location. They are located on the 1st ground of Seika building (青果棟). So I visited the shop the other day. The time was 7:20 a.m. on Monday. Only 30% of seats in the shop were occupied.
Where is Daiwasushi ?
Eateries are divided into three areas in Toyosu Market. The largest area is 3F of Suisan Nakaoroshi Uriba (Wholesales of seafood) bldg. It have Sushidai. The second largest area is 3F of Kanri (Management) bldg. It have much sushi shops. Those two areas are easy to find for people who visit there for the first time.
But Daiwasushi is located on the ground floor of Seika (Vegetables and fruits) bldg. You have to go downstairs on the way to Seika bldg. You never enter into the Seika bldg if you want to go to Daiwasushi. Go downstairs besides the elevator. Elevator is slow…
There’re only three shops. Tenfusa, Fujimiya and Daiwasushi.
I think tourists can’t get to there smoothly. I was surprised that some people think Toyosu market don’t have Daiwasushi because they don’t know the existence of this area in Seika bldg. But I think people will be aware of the location soon. So, I think now is the best time all the same. I posted about how to get to Seika bldg the other day.
Daiwasushi have two rooms. So, it’s large. There are over 10 people working in the shop.
There is a kitchen at the back of the shop. “コ”-shaped counter table surround chefs.
I remember Daiwasushi had most historic and market atmosphere in Tsukiji former Market. So the atmosphere has changed a lot.
Omakase (Chef’s choice) Set cost 4400 yen (tax included) and have 7 pieces of sushi, sushi roll, tamagoyaki and soup. I couldn’t find the menu inside and outside of the shop. So, I knew the price when I paid at the cashier after eating.
Basically, Daiwasushi serve sushi so fast. Especially there were many vacant seats that time and the chef made sushi only for me. So, my sushi was served so rapidly.
I was seated and got tea. And I picked up my camera. Then I found tuna was already served :p
Younger chef comparatively serve slower. So if you want to eat slowly, I recommend you are seated in front of younger chef when there’re some vacant seats. But eldest chef at the door is top chef. His skill is great. And the fastest. Nothing has changed about their top quality of sushi. Especially this first sushi, tuna was delicious.
The shrimp was sweet and had sticky texture.
The sea urchin was so sweet. I remember when I visited Daiwasushi for the first time (When the price of omakase set was 3000 yen…), I was so impressed by the sea urchin…
Squid was crisp.
Tuna next to the sea urchin is differ from the one above photo. It was more fatty. I think it’s O-toro.
Greater Amberjack (Kanpachi). It was thick. The chef said to me that this Amberjack and squid is awesome that day. I agreed.
Last, I had sushi roll. To tell the truth, it was served at first :p But I keeped it because I wanted to eat last. Tuna and salmon roe.
Last. Miso soup had shijimi clam.
I felt the price is expensive a bit because it have only 7 pieces of sushi. But each sushi had large slice of fishes and the amount of rice is good. So, I felt full last.
I visited there after decade absence. I found it was delicious all the same. I’ll visit again there when they don’t have line.
About the restaurant
Name in English / Daiwasushi (sometime Daiwazushi)
Name in Japanese / 大和寿司
Address / 6-3-2 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Phone / +81366330220
Open / 5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Closed / market’s holidays (White is business days))