Tokyo Sushi

August 16th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Travel


Sushi is by far my favourite Japanese fare, and I think I may have found a little bit of heaven, tucked in the streets of Umegaoka: Sushi no Midori Sohonten, introduced by my foodie friend Sophia.

We lined up at the restaurant for an early lunch, amongst other sushi enthusiasts (mostly of elderly age, apparently). We luckily got to sit at the counter, which is the best seat in the house, as it enabled us to closely watch the swift and efficient work of sushi chefs.

The lunch set featured a platter of assorted sushi, as well as a salad, chawanmushi (egg custard), green tea, and a light dessert. Sophia and I, in true party girl fashion, ordered some alcoholic beverages despite not having had breakfast. Sushi is best accompanied with beer or sake, and bites of gari (pickled ginger) are recommended between each sushi dish, to help cleanse the palate.

We dined on delicious pieces of salmon, tuna, eel, sea urchin, egg omelet, salmon roe, and well, more tuna in a sushi handroll, generously offered by our neighbour. The kind older ladies on my left taught us how to properly flip the sushi and dip the fish into the soy sauce, without making a mess. Brilliant!

By the end of the delightful meal, we were secretly hoping pieces would stop coming, as we both fell into a sushi coma and lost our morale. At that point, we both thought we would never be hungry again (yet the hunger came back, a mere few hours after), but we did manage to eat the dessert and snap some fun photos (and blankly stare at the sad remaining pieces).

I loved, loved, this place so much, and I’m already planning my next visit.

I highly recommend having lunch there, a) if you love sushi b) if you can handle some interesting fish and dishes like crab brain salad, and c) if you go on an empty stomach.

I’ve decided I’m bringing a boy there next time I go- this way, he can polish off the whole platter.


Author of this article

Vivian Morelli

Vivian Morelli hails from Canada and is a journalist based in Tokyo, where she writes about culture, fashion, food and music. You can read her Japan musings at

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  • Dana Kemper-Secheny says:

    what’s the price range for the place?

  • Fashimi says:

    The food was so there! I want to go there every time I go to Japan! Vivian and I were really lucky, we had some kind, old Japanese ladies teach us how to properly eat sushi!

  • leslie nguyen says:

    I could finish everything on the menu probably! =P My only concern is about the eating etiquette in Japan especially for sushi because I don’t want to be rude.


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