If you’re in Tokyo, queuing at 4am for Tsukiji Fish Market’s iconic Sushi Daiwa should definitely be on your bucket list. That being said, if you want to sneak a couple more hours of sleep in, Umegaoka Sushi-no Midori is the delicious alternative you should head to instead. It definitely was one of the freshest and best price-quality sushi I’ve had in Tokyo–and yes, I’ve queued for Sushi Daiwa at wee hours of the morning! With multiple branches in Tokyo, Umegaoka Sushi-no Midori’s Shibuya branch is on the 4th floor of Shibuya Mark City. During peak hours and weekends, queues can go up to 90 minutes so come early on a weekday to grab a bar seat–this way, you’ll see up-close some sushi magic being made!
I ordered the Ultimate Sushi Assortment and my friend the Maguro Assortment (different cuts of tuna)–both of which I highly recommend. But if you don’t like some of the more adventurous ingredients like uni (sea urchin) or ikura (salmon roe), opt for the Maguro Assortment and just savor how each bite of raw tuna+sushi rice can be so phenomenal.
Umegaoka Sushi-no Midori is definitely a steal for less than 3,000yen per person (unless you order a couple extra beers to enjoy your sushi with). Lines can be long on the weekends, so make sure you grab a ticket at the automated machine in front of the store before waiting in line! Personally, I preferred the bar seats more–especially since the sushi chef on the far left is by far the most friendly and funny Japanese chef I’ve met. He’s picked up enough basics of many languages to have a casual conversation with you–Korean, Chinese, English, etc. If you’re lucky you might get to enjoy his witty comments as he prepares each part of the course!
I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking and sushi praising.
Umegaoka Sushi-no Midori
Address // Shibuya Mark City East Mall 4th Floor, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel // 03-5458-0002
Website // http://www.sushinomidori.co.jp/