Review: RYU SUSHI, TSUKIJI FISH MARKET

After a long night/morning of waiting to get into the Tsukiji tuna auction, we were like two ravenous wolves searching for something to eat.

Like every other tourist visiting Tokyo, sushi breakfast at Tsukiji was one of the top ten things we wanted to do while in the city.

There are at least a hundred sushi restaurants on the market grounds as well as in the surrounding area, and we walked around for a few minutes before deciding on Ryu Sushi.

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Opened in 1959, Ryu Sushi was listed as one of the top places to eat in Tsukiji on multiple travel blogs/vlogs. We had attempted to try Sushi Dai, but the line was ridiculously long (it would have taken hours to get in), so we settled for something a little less crowded.

 We got to the restaurant at 6 a.m., and by the time it opened half an hour later, there was a long line of people waiting to get in. We were one of the first people in the restaurant, and the sushi chef told each of us where to sit. We were brought piping hot green tea in Yunomis (traditional Japanese tea cups), and warm towels to wash our hands with.

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Sitting at the sushi bar, we were able to see all of the fresh fish that they were going to use to prepare our sushi.

There were quite a few sets to choose from, but we went with the Kiku Set (¥2500), which came with 7 pieces of sushi, and a few sushi rolls.

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The sushi chef first wiped down the black counter in front of us, and then slapped a big pile of pickled ginger in front of each customer.

If you know anything about me, you know that I love pickled ginger, and the ginger at Ryu was especially delicious.

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After ordering our sets, the chef made each piece one by one, and we were able to take the time to savor each bite.

The Kiku Set included tuna (2 pieces), scallop, saba, cuttlefish, and two other fish that I can’t recall. It also included six rolls filled with cucumber and tuna.

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The first tuna nigiri.
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The delicious scallop.
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The six rolls.

The saba didn’t taste very good, and left a bad taste in our mouths. The first piece of tuna was excellent, but the second piece was a different cut, and was noticeably less tender than the first. The scallop was perfectly sweet and buttery, and in my opinion, was the best piece of the entire set. The cucumber/tuna rolls were just okay, and the set would have been better without them.

While it was a great and unique experience having the iconic sushi breakfast at Tsukiji, I wasn’t blown away by the sushi, and that’s kind of the point.  For what we paid, next time I would take one for the team and wait for Sushi Dai.

Ryu Sushi: 

Address: 〒104-0045 Tokyo, Chuo 築地5-2-1

Hours: 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Phone: 03-3541-9517

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