When in Japan for work, I try eat where the normal salaryman eats. This has led me to some of my favourite restaurants -- the food is always good, served fast and most importantly is reasonably priced. On this last trip to Tokyo, my colleague took me to a sushi place in Ginza -- an area where prices are usually on the high side. But surprise, surprise -- I had a fantastic lunch at normal salaryman's prices.
Sushidokoro Marui is hidden somewhere in the back streets behind Matsuya Department Store. We arrived way past the lunch hour on a Saturday so the entrance was devoid of the usual long queue of office workers.
Sushidokoro Marui is compact -- the sushi counter on the ground floor seats just six people.
While there were vacant chairs in front of the sushi chef, we opted to take our meal upstairs in less cramped surroundings.
I find it so amazing that most of the sushi offerings fall well below 2,000 yen. Such a bargain for sushi in the Ginza district.
Once I got past the surface of the bowl I found more meltingly delicious tidbits mixed in with the sushi rice. There were bits of tamago, mini umami-laden globules of tobiko, pieces of ebi, salmon, shredded nori ... each bite yielded a new texture and surprise.
It was such a delicious and satisfying lunch bowl and at 1,300 yen -- definitely a culinary steal!
Marui -- I will be back!