So I have a few days of layover at Tokyo on my way back to US, and decided to treat myself with some fine sushi.
After looking at reviews on Google Maps, I figure I'll try out this place called Sushi Ginza Onodera. At first I'm a bit skeptical since it has branches all over the world (hey @brittym @Atsukot @Charlie_S they have a branch in NYC :p)
Website and Maps says reservation only, but I tried to make one through the website, and it says I need to do it one day in advance. So I decided to show up before the restaurant was open, and they still have a few spaces left.
I looked at the menu and decided to get the 15 pieces meal for 10000 yen (a bit below USD $100). It's not exactly inexpensive, but it's also not outrageously expensive. Coming in for lunch session helps.
The chef speaks English adequately and was very courteous. He asked me if there's anything I don't eat, or if I'm allergic to anything. I told him I have no restriction. He also asked if I want 'little' or 'big' rice on the sushi, and he seems surprised when I told him I want 'little. I did it on purpose, since I won't be too full and I can still eat more later throughout the day :p
Then the sushi was served one by one. The chef will put one in my plate, explaining what it is, then wait until I finish eating before moving on to the next one. In here you're not just paying for the food. You're paying for the experience. I took every single photo of what I ate, but I will only post a few that I think is interesting in this post. If you want to see the full list, please check out this Imgur album.
What's sushi dining without tuna? Apparently I was served tuna from the first auction they won of the year.
At one point during the meal, the chef put the shrimp below in front of me.. and it moved. Yup, it was still alive. He then brought it back to be boiled and served. At least he didn't do it in front of me. Lol.
I don't usually eat uni (sea urchin) outside Japan since they're usually not fresh, but this was so soft and creamy. It melts in my mouth. So good.
I forgot what this is called, but the chef explained to me that this is most likely the first fish used in sushi ever. It has been served since 300 years ago. If you know what this is (or if I'm wrong), please do let me know.
At the end, we were served this dessert. A coconut pudding with green tea sauce, topped with gold. Yes. Gold. Apparently we can eat gold?
Well that's all. Overall I really enjoyed the food an experience. If you're thinking of trying one of these omakase dining, see if you can grab a lunch spot, since it's usually (marginally!) cheaper. At least for sushi restaurants in Tokyo. Not sure for the rest of the world, but it's definitely worth checking
Thanks for reading so far. It's time to walk around to find more food :)