Ganso – Sushi – Akihabara, Tokyo

After the ramen, the next logical meal was of course sushi. What’s best for this than a kaiten zushi (回転寿司, rotating sushi) ? A restaurant where the sushi are prepared by sushi chefs and then put on a rotating belt surrounded by a counter. We chose to go to a familiar place situated in Akihabara Electric Town, the Tokyo rendez-vous of electronic lover, and named Ganso (元祖寿司秋葉原店).

In such places, the price of the sushi is given by the plate on which they are served. The different type of suchi are divided into price categories depending on the fish and its quality. The prices range between 99 and 525 yen. The plates with their corresponding prices can be found on the wall, although in this case prices were given in kanji. When you’re finished eating you call the waitress and in order to do the check she will count the different types of plates you have and sum up the prices into a grand total that you will pay at the cashier.

Everything began with a miso soup (味噌汁), the famous japanese fish stock based soup flavoured with fermented soy beans paste. A starter that is found in virtually every meal in Japan.

As a classical entry move, I chose a plate of negi-toro (ねぎとろ, minced tuna and japanese onion), this was directly followed by one of my favorite : tako (たこ, boiled octopus), and bintoro (びんとろ, a slice of fat belly tuna) and the first half of this festin was ikura (いくら, salmon roe rolled in nori seaweed).

Then I continued with something that was new to me tennigiri (天にぎり, nigiri with a tempura fried toppling). The toppling could be chosen between shrimps, tuna, etc. I opted for the tuna. This was good but not incredible. Since the fish is fried, the sushi lose a bit of its uniqueness. Nonetheless it was very could and I would recommend it to anyone tempted by new experiences. The next plate was a special “prime tuna plate” with three different qualities of fat belly tuna : maguro (まぐろ, standard quality), chuutoro (中とろ, higher quality) and ootoro (大とろ, highest quality, very fatty and delicious). This was accompanied by a piece of tamagoyaki (たまご焼き, some kind of sweet omelette). As a grand final, I ordered unagi (うなぎ, freshwater eel) which is alwas served slightly roasted with a sweet sauce, and kanimiso (カニ味噌, a mix of miso and minced crab rolled in nori seaweed), the summum of sushi according to me. It is like eating a piece of the sea… Yummi!

Wow, this was fantastic, as expected. Well, see you next meal.


4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    ydo said,

    Super le blog ca me donne bien faim tout ca 🙂
    Profite bien, parce que après ca sera le thaï/atlantide…

    Cheers mate,

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    mijonju said,

    Wow thats alot of sushi! i love sushi too!

  3. 3

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  4. 4

    kukuli said,

    J’ai faim… Tu as les “adresses postales” de tous tes restos? Et as-tu trouvé les restos du “Gourmet solitaire”?
    Allez dans un mois j’irai sur tes pas 😉
    PS : n’oublie pas la plaque à takoyaki stp 😛

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