Fancy dining at a one-michelin star sushi-ya, while not caring for the stiff and formal atmosphere that other michelin sushi establishments have? Try Kyubey sushi, located in the Ginza district.
As a tourist who does not speak Japanese, the sushi chef was very welcoming and was able to converse in basic English, explaining the courses that were served. Even though the chef spoke English, this place was predominantly frequented by locals, and we were the very few foreigners sitting at the sushi bar.
We opted for the omakase menu (chef’s choice), and were treated to a variety of fresh nigiri (sushi), with each nigiri handmade right in front of you and served by the piece.
Of particular note, this restaurant serves VERY fresh shrimp. The shrimp was alive before it was served up nigiri style. If you get queasy seeing live animals “performing” as part of your meal, you may want to close your eyes while the chef performs his art. Also of special mention is the sea urchin nigiri, which is very tasty.
Location: Kyubey sushi is located at 8-7-6, Ginza 8-chome