Sushi Dai, nestled within the bustling Toyosu Fish Market, is one of Tokyo's most popular sushi restaurants for freshly prepared, affordably priced sushi. It's also famous for it's ultra long lines!
Here's my guide on how to eat at Tokyo's famous Sushi Dai restaurant in their new Toyosu location.
How to dine at Tokyo's famous Sushi Dai Restraunt at the Toyosu Fish Market
Address: 6 Chome-5-1 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan
Located in: Toyosu Market Fisheries Intermediate Wholesale Market Building.
How to get to Sushi Dai Toyosu location:
Enter through the second floor to go to the Food Court Area. Sushi Dai is inside on the right. Building opens at 5 AM, but restaurant open 5:30 AM. There are some stools outside for waiting.
Hours: (closes if they sell out)
Price: ¥4500 (about $40 USD) bring cash
Menu: Omakase (Chef's Choice).
Includes miso soup, 4 pieces maki roll, tamago (egg roll), 9 pieces nigiri, one piece of your choice nigiri. You can add additional pieces from their a la carte menu.
What do they serve at Sushi Dai? What is included in the Omakase meal?
Want to see what you eat? Here's a video of just that!
What makes Sushi Dai at Toyosu Fish Market so popular?
Sushi Dai is celebrated for its exceptionally fresh and high-quality sushi offerings, sourced directly from the renowned Toyosu Fish Market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in Tokyo. The skilled chefs prepare each dish with precision and artistry, offering an unparalleled sushi experience.
Is it true that there are long queues at Sushi Dai?
Yes, it's common to encounter long queues at Sushi Dai, often forming even before the restaurant opens at 5:30 AM! As it accommodates a limited number of guests due to its small size and limited seating, patrons are willing to wait in line for hours to savor the delectable sushi.
What time should I arrive to secure a spot at Sushi Dai?
To increase your chances of being seated promptly and minimizing time waiting in line, it's advisable to arrive early, preferably before the restaurant opens at around 5:30 AM. However, be prepared for the possibility of still having to wait in line due to the restaurant's popularity.
How many Seats are at Sushi Dai
The are 12 seats along the counter. It is a fun an intimate experience to watch and talk to the chef preparing your meal.
How long will I have to wait to be seated at Sushi Dai?
Since there are around 12 seats, and they seat parties in one go, they switcch out 12 people about every 45 minutes. Count the number of people ahead of you, divide by 12 to figure out number of groups, then multiply by 45 minutes to get an estimate of when you'd get in.
Are reservations accepted at Sushi Dai?
Unfortunately, Sushi Dai does not accept reservations. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The wait time largely depends on the number of patrons already in line.
What is the recommended menu or omakase experience at Sushi Dai?
Sushi Dai offers an omakase (chef's choice) menu, allowing patrons to experience the chef's selection of the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. This typically includes an assortment of nigiri sushi and sashimi tailored to the chef's recommendations. You can also make requests if you need alterations but generally you are there to trust the chef's experience and expertise in crafting your meal.
What should I expect in terms of pricing at Sushi Dai?
The Omakase meal costs ¥4500 (about $40 USD) (bring cash), and includes miso soup, 4 pieces maki roll, tamago (egg roll), 9 pieces nigiri, one piece of your choice nigiri. You can add additional pieces from their a la carte menu.
While the prices at Sushi Dai are relatively reasonable compared to many high-end sushi establishments, the cost varies based on the selection and quantity of sushi consumed.
Is there anything else to explore around Toyosu Fish Market after dining at Sushi Dai?
Absolutely! Toyosu Fish Market offers various attractions beyond Sushi Dai. Visitors can explore the wholesale area, observation decks overlooking the market's Tuna auctions, and nearby shops offering fresh produce, seafood, and culinary delights.
If you arrive and realize the line is too long to wait, there are many other restraunts nearby in this food court to enjoy a tasty meal.
Where to eat at Toyosu Fish Market other than Sushi Dai
Daiwa Sushi also serves omakase sushi but has twice as many seating for quicker turnaround times.
Sushi as breakfast may not appeal to everyone, so another option is Senriken Coffee Shop for a cup of Joe and egg sandwiches and their famous cream stew with soft boiled eggs. For dessert, try the house-made cakes or the unique coffee flavored ice cream.
Head to Tenfusa for delicious tempura, Fujimiya for soba noodle dishes, Odayasu for deep-fried oysters and tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlets), and Toritoh for oyakodon (chicken and egg bowls).
How to get to Toyosu Fish Market?
Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station, and Toyosu Station. Shimbashi Station is a major interchange station operated by JR East, Tokyo Metro, and Toei. Once you’re at this station, you can easily reach many of Tokyo’s most popular wards, like Ginza, Shinjuku, Asakusa, and Ueno.
Is Sushi Dai's Tsukiji Restaurant closed?
Yes, Tsukiji Fish Market has closed, and along with it the Sushi Dai Tsukiji location. There are still out off-site restaurants outside of the market that you can visit though!
Years ago, I went to their original location in Tsukiji fish market (now closed). Here is the video I made back then:
Sushi Dai at Toyosu Fish Market in Tokyo presents an exceptional sushi dining experience steeped in tradition and culinary excellence. While the queues may be long, the chance to indulge in top-notch sushi prepared by skilled chefs makes the wait worthwhile. For sushi enthusiasts seeking an authentic and unforgettable gastronomic adventure, a visit to Sushi Dai is an absolute must.
Are you going to Japan? Let us know if you would wake up this early to have an incredible sushi meal!
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