The Great Noodle Tour: Ginza Numazuko for Awesome Kaiten Sushi

Don’t worry, we ate plenty of sushi while in Japan.

In fact our first night there, we went to Ginza Numazuko for arguably the greatest value of the trip. 

Six of us ate until we could eat no more. Toro, uni, the sweetest shrimp imaginable…all for about $20 a person. Including some fabulous sake.

Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Sushi Numazuko is a kaiten sushi restaurant; a revolving sushi bar. 

In America, these places aren’t super popular and they definitely aren’t known for their freshness or sushi artistry.

In Japan, they certainly aren’t thought of as “high end” either, but in Japan there is no such thing as food that isn’t incredibly clean and fresh.

image (6) Our lovely server poured us sake the traditional Japanese way, into glass set inside a wooden box until the sake overflowed into the box. Once you were done drinking hte glass, you just drank out of the box. And then you got very tipsy on top of jet lag, which makes for very few pictures and an 8 pm bedtime. 

image (7) We sat at a counterside booth with a hot water spigot and green tea box to make fresh green tea throughout the meal. There is a large, rotating conveyor belt upon which the sushi chefs put plates of sushi as they are made. The plates are all color coded – as you take them off of the belt and eat them, you stack the plates and the server bills you at the end by counting the number and color of plates that you acquire. Tamago is obviously cheaper than uni, and so on and so forth. We did a mixture of ordering from our extremely friendly and English speaking server and taking plates off of the conveyor belt. The place is so busy and the chefs work at such a furious place that there is no risk of the sushi being too old.

image (9) Just about everything there was, for the price point, exceptional. Velvety toro. Sweet shrimp. Savory soy inari. They even served us some of the softest, mildest salmon belly I have ever had – such an American order. 
image (8) The uni isn’t as ethereal as it is at Tsukiji, but it’s still LEAGUES better than most of the really expensive stuff here. 

image (11) Before we knew it, we had built up QUITE the stack of plates. 
image (10) And, of course, left a major mess. 

Ginza Numazuko is PHENOMENAL. It’s casual, the food is wonderful, tons of Japanese people eat here, and the price is right. It’s open all day and ideal for a quick lunch or casual dinner. You can eat until you are stuffed for a very reasonable price, including some super tasty sake.

Somehow, I just haven’t been able to even look at supermarket sushi since I got home. It seems my standards have irreversibly risen.