November 24, 2016
I gotta say, I was a bit concerned before we came to Itaemae Sushi Edo. At first we were completely sold just on the name alone, and had to HAD TO HAD TO shoot a video here no matter what. Eatyoursushi goes to Eatmysushi. That’s perfect! There’s no question about it. But when we heard that it was a themed restaurant we thought it was just going to be a tourist trap, or somewhere that business men take foreign clients to impress them. And some small part of the food snob in the made me skeptical. Is it all show and no substance? I was worried, not only about the food, but also about wasting a filming day. Because, after all, we’re not going to share any videos of places that we don’t like. Unless it’s spectacularly bad on a comical level, like the Korean Pizza video.
But, you know, we actually really liked out time here. If I was brought here on a business dinner, I’d be very pleased. At first it was playful, and the snob in me melted away a bit. OOH I got to put on a Yukata. OOOH they clacked the sticks and announced my entrance. I LOVE BEING ANNOUNCED. Remember when we did that Viking Bar in Sweden? They blew their horn and announced us and I was thrilled beyond words. This place here really gave me a similar feeling.
After all of the introductory fun, we found that it wasn’t just playful with no substance: the food was exciting as well. It was different food than what we’re used to. We go to a lot of sushi places and just have regular nigiri or sashimi. Rice and fish is all I need to be happy. Hell, sometimes I don’t even need rice; just give me good fish. But this place had more to it than that. Deep fried Uni was really exciting to try. Those fish and chips were just amazing. If I could just get a bucked of that fried fish I’d be super happy and would get a lot fatter but I’d be happy in doing so. And that rainbow road of fish on top of maki rolls was great. Making our own hand rolls afterwards was also SUPER SATISFYING to my Polish Catholic upbringing. It was all quite new and exciting to me, and I felt really into the experience the whole time.
I was super distracted whenever a new person was announced and they banged the clappers together. It felt special, you know, to announce a new guest has arrived. I’d look over at them and clap. I want them to feel welcome. That’s a good feeling. Unless you’ve just transferred to a new school and the teacher makes you stand up in front of everyone and tell the class where you’re from and the class looks at you like “KILL THE OUTSIDER.” That didn’t happen here, thankfully. Or, at least, I couldn’t read it on people’s faces.
Getting served food on paddles is great. What’s that line from the Simpsons? As for some sushi? That’s a paddlin. Fish and chips? That’s a paddlin. We said that joke to ourselves over and over. It never gets old for us. We don’t know when to draw the line.
If you want to check out Itamae Sushi Edo, it’s a 3 minute walk away from Akasaka Mitsuke Station (exit 10, head up towards the giant BIC Camera) and as you walk from the station it’ll be on your left side. It is very obvious and all well lit up with lovely lanterns!
Akasaka Minato Tokyo
東京都 港区 赤坂 3-9-2 No.R赤坂見附 1F
Check out their website, Facebook, and tabelog for more info. Just be aware they have other restaurants called Itamae Sushi. If you want the full awesome experience we had, make sure you go to the Itamae Sushi Edo restaurant which is a special location.
Also, the Itamae Sushi chef told us that he runs a sushi school in the restaurant on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-2PM, so we thought we’d share that with you here as well. We haven’t been ourselves, but let us know if you attend and become a sushi master. You can make reservations for the school at the restaurant itself or call 03-6222-5805. It’s 5,400JPY (around $54) per person.
And now that we’re done overloading you with information, here’s some more silliness: bloopers and extra scenes!