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Fukuoka Prefecture is blessed with plentiful fishing areas, including Genkai Sea, Suou-nada, and Ariake Sea, where the best seafood in Kyushu, like grouper and yobiko squid, is found.
Sushi that highlighted the freshness of the ingredients was once the preferred type, but recent years Edo-mae sushi restaurants in Tokyo have been booming.
This special feature article will introduce ten of our favorite sushi restaurants from Fukuoka Prefecture, which is known as Japan's #2 land of sushi just behind Tokyo!
To all you sushi fans across the world, be sure to visit Fukuoka to enjoy its own unique take on sushi that's a completely different beast than the sushi you'll find in Ginza!

#10 Morita

Morita is a long-standing sushi restaurant that is practically representative of Kyushu.
The owner is Chef Nobuo Morita, 83 years old, who previously trained at famous restaurant "Tenzushi."
Chef Morita is ranked as Japan's #3 veteran sushi chef, just behind Chef Jiro Ono of "Sukiyabashi Jiro" and Kazuo Morita of "Komatsu Yasuke."
He makes sushi in a unique style from Kita-Kyushu that he learned at "Tenzushi," called "Kyushu-mae," where salt, kabosu (a type of citrus), and shichimi pepper are used to draw out the seafood's umami flavors instead of soy sauce.
It can be great fun to watch as Chef Morita tries different things, like combining uni and caviar, perhaps grabbing a tomato, and sometimes making odd faces.
Chef Morita's passion for sushi is still alive and well even as his age surpasses 83.
Be sure to take a chance to bask in the aura of this chef who claims "sushi should be shaped at the hip," standing on tall wooden clogs behind the small counter space.

◆Morita
Address: 2F 2-5-17 Uomachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 093-531-1058
Hours:
[Lunch] 11:30-15:00
[Dinner] 16:30-21:00
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Wednesdays

#9 Yoshitomizushi

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This long-standing sushi restaurant is highly respected by sushi chefs from across Japan.
In 1978, the owner-chef left the world of kaiseki cuisine and joined the world of sushi.
He worked hard to develop a style unique to Fukuoka, combining the dedication to fresh sushi of Fukuoka with tenants of Japanese cuisine and Edo-mae sushi.
This sushi became known as "Hakata-mae" sushi, rather than Edo-mae, and it is characterized by its use of several techniques used in Edo-mae sushi.
This results in a delightfully original style of sushi that you won't find in Tokyo, including pieces like blackthroat perch wrapped in kombu or Spanish mackerel paired with garlic-seasoned soy sauce.
The course marvelously alternates between sweet, salty, and spicy, creating a beautiful end composition.
Try out the omakase course at Yoshidomizushi, made by a talented veteran sushi chef, for the surprisingly low price of just 5,800 yen.

◆Yoshitomizushi
Address: 3-6-23 Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-741-3490
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-14:00
[Dinner] 17:30-21:00
Budget: 8,000-9,999 yen (lunch) / 10,000-14,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Wednesdays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#8 Sushi Osamu

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This popular sushi restaurant is located in the suburbs of Fukuoka.
While it's located about 30 minutes away from downtown and Tenjin by taxi, many people from across Japan visit in search of delicious sushi at an amazing price.
The omakase course consists of 5-6 side dishes and 12 pieces of nigiri for 15,000 yen.
They also serve whale bacon, and the absolute lack of off-putting odor speaks volumes to the quality of the ingredients.
The elegant sushi here is shaped rather small, and it's characterized by rice that packs a punch thanks to some extra salt. They implement original takes on sushi as well, such as combining lean and medium-fatty tuna together.
The meal is wrapped up with their famous "wasabi inari," which contains sushi rice with a slight sesame aroma wrapped in fried tofu, an absolute delight, and many guests even bring it home as souvenir gifts.

◆Sushi Osamu
Address: 5-16-10 Nagazumi, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-511-2288
Hours: First group 18:00 onward, second group 20:30 onward
Budget: 6,000-7,999 yen (lunch) / 15,000-19,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Wednesdays

#7 Sushi Yasukichi

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Sushi Yasukichi is an influential Michelin two-star restaurant that is said to have been called the "favorite sushi restaurant in the world" of Chef Nakazawa, head of the "Sushi Sho" group.
The stoic chef of Sushi Yasukichi has been called a "young genius," and customers are drawn in by the delicate, near-perfect sushi that he crafts.
The nigiri served in the omakase course include familiar staples that show up in courses in Tokyo, like whitefish wrapped in kombu, gizzard shad, tiger prawn, and clam, but the way that they are prepared is absolutely unique.
Isaki (threeline grunt) is a fish that is in season during the summer, and at Sushi Yasukichi it is prepared by parboiling the skin, lightly salting, seasoned with a dash of vinegar, and paired with sushi rice.
The omakase course here is said to be of amazing value, including over 10 side dishes along with nigiri that'd rival the sushi at any Ginza restaurant for just 16,000 yen.
If you want to enjoy the top-class of Fukuoka sushi without breaking the bank, this restaurant is for you.

◆Sushi Yasukichi
Address: 4-3-11 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-437-8111
Hours: 18:00-22:00
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Sundays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#6 Kikuzushi

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This up-and-coming sushi restaurant is slowly but surely building up its presence in Fukuoka.
The owner spent 10 years working at famous Hakata restaurant "Kougyoku" before being hired as the head sushi chef of a Michelin 5-star restaurant in Monaco and trained there.
During that time he gained rare and precious experience, including preparing and serving sushi to guests, including world-renowned chefs, at the wedding of Monaco's prime minister.
"The most important thing in cooking is a balance of the moisture. For example, tempura draws out the umami in its ingredients by removing moisture. With sushi, imagine how the flavors would change if you removed that moisture," he has said.
Take, for example, Fukuoka's famous longtooth grouper. By wrapping the fish in a special type of paper and aging it for a week or longer, it develops both a unique texture and draws out a powerful umami.
The sushi rice used is so carefully chosen that it even has the wholesalers take into account the moisture content of the rice. It is then cooked to the perfect doneness to balance out the sushi toppings. It is then either seasoned with a blend of two types of red vinegar or with two types of white vinegar.
The sushi here, which can easily compete with the quality of sushi you'd find in Ginza, is sure to gain even more traction and popularity as time goes on.
We highly recommend visiting Kikuzushi soon, while reservations are still easily made!

◆ Kikuzushi
Address: 3-51-5 Kasugakoen, Kasuga-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-575-0718
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00~
[Dinner] First group 18:00 onward, second group 20:30 onward
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Mondays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#5 Teruzushi

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After receiving an big break on Instagram, Teruzushi has become Japan's hottest sushi restaurant.
Travelers from across the world are flocking to a remote town in Fukuoka Prefecture just to get to Teruzushi.
Teruzushi's chef suddenly rose to fame thanks to a photo of him holding out a piece of sushi to the camera, but, in contrast to that flashy sort of image, he's a sushi maniac who puts a lot of hard work into it.
When he finds an ingredient that catches his interest, he directly contacts fishermen and makes sure to visit their sites frequently to develop a good relationship. Because of this, he's been able to easily obtain rare ingredients like "Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki aka-uni" and "Buzen aka-uni."
The sushi rice at Teruzushi is seasoned with strong red vinegar that is reminiscent of Shaoxing wine. Much like how Cantonese cuisine pairs crab with Shaoxing wine sauce or French cuisine pairs seafood with vin jaune sauce, here nigiri is served less like a single piece to be eaten alone, but more as part of a complete dish.
Don't fall for thinking that the comical owner is simply an Instagrammer; if you want a taste of the hottest sushi in Japan, be sure to visit Teruzushi!

◆Teruzushi
Address: 3-1-7 Sugawara, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 090-9567-2202
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-14:00
[Dinner] 17:30-22:30
Budget: 30,000~ yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#4 Sushi Gyoten

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Sushi Gyoten is Fukuoka's one and only Michelin three-star sushi restaurant.
The chef here has experience working at famous Tokyo restaurant "Araki," and he makes sushi using a classic gripping technique called "hontegaeshi." He makes the most of his skills and experience to draw out the best in all ingredients used.
His original ideas, like covering kinmedai in aka-uni, or using in-season octopus and wakame in shabu-shabu, always defy customers' expectations in a positive way.
Sushi Gyoten's chef is strong-willed and very confident, so opinions on his reception for guests are split, but the omakase course at Gyoten uses rare ingredients that you'd almost certainly never find in Tokyo, and are rare even in Fukuoka.
If you have the chance to visit Fukuoka, you absolutely should visit Sushi Gyoten and experience its unique take on sushi.

◆Sushi Gyoten
Address: 1-2-12 Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-521-2200
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-13:30
[Dinner] 18:00-21:00
Budget: 30,000~ yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER)

#3 Chikamatsu

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This super talented sushi restaurant is heavily supported by passionate sushi fans from across Japan.
While there's a high barrier for entry thanks to its introduction-based system, Chikamatsu is still so overwhelmingly popular that by the beginning of a given year's autumn, its reservations are already booked solid through the same time the following year.
The sushi crafted by the chef at Chikamatsu has its roots in famous Kyushu restaurant "Kawashou" as well as Edo-mae sushi, but its most memorable point is the amazing sushi rice.
The sushi rice is seasoned using rice vinegar. It's a perfect doneness, not too firm and not too soft, and the flavor is flawless as well, not too sweet and not too sour.
The first paired with that exquisite sushi rice are chosen and purchased every morning by the owner at the local Yanagibashi Rengo Market.
The squid that he takes so much pride in is cut incredibly thinly over and over, producing an incredibly soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture, a true showcasing of his "god-like techniques."
The omakase course features 5 side dishes and 10-12 pieces of nigiri for 10,200 yen.
If you're able to find someone who can get you an invitation, this is the #1 sushi restaurant to aim to visit for sushi fans.

◆Chikamatsu
Address: 2-6-19 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-716-5855
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-14:00
[Dinner] 18:00-21:30
Budget: 15,000-19,999 yen
Closed: Mondays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#2 Sushi Sakai

This popular sushi restaurant has been an unwavering staple of Fukuoka, an area where sushi's popularity has been booming in recent years.
After working at famous Tokyo restaurant "Umi" for 7 years, Sushi Sakai's owner returned to his hometown of Fukuoka to open up his own restaurant in 2013. Just one year after opening, Sushi Sakai was awarded its first Michelin star.
Sushi Sakai sources its fish from Fukuoka's Central Wholesale Market and Yanagibashi Rengo Market, as well as Tsukiji in Tokyo.
While the traditional Edo-mae style he learned at "Umi" is the base for the sushi Sakai's chef creates, he also takes the opportunity to take creative freedoms.
For example, the squid is sliced incredibly finely over and over, which brings out a unique sweetness from the flesh.
The fish is also perfectly matched with the sushi rice, which is seasoned with red vinegar and is slightly on the salty side.
The near-perfect nigiri here is widely known as some of the best in all of Japan.
If you ever get the chance to visit Fukuoka, Sushi Sakai is an absolute must-visit.

◆ Sushi Sakai
Address: 3-20 Nishinakasu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-726-6289
Hours:
[Monday-Friday] First group 18:00 onward, second group 20:30 onward
[Saturday] First group 17:00 onward, second group 19:30 onward
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Credit cards accepted

And Our #1 Choice Is....

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Our #1 choice for the best sushi restaurants in Fukuoka is a well-known restaurant among foodies that absolutely represents Fukuoka, "Tenzushi Kyomachi Store."
Medium-fatty tuna that glistens on the surface like a mirror....
Squid, scored finely on the surface and topped with colorful sesame and beautiful tobiko....
Shrimp, cooked to a beautiful rare with hardly any time spent over the heat....
Tekkamaki served with plenty of sea grapes....
Fans of sushi from all over the world flock to Tenzushi to experience artistic sushi that is at the same time a clearly different beast than Edo-mae sushi.
Tenzushi also has a unique no-alcohol policy, stemming from the owner's desire for the customers to "enjoy the luxurious flavors of the sushi with only salt and citrus using all five of their senses."
Spending time enjoying the pure flavors of sushi while conversing with the owner, who travels across Japan visiting all sorts of sushi restaurants "to study" is an absolute pleasure.

◆Tenzushi Kyomachi Store
Address: 3-11-9 Kyomachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 093-521-5540
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:30-15:30
[Dinner] 17:00-21:00
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays
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guest

Hello Saito-San and All,

I would like to ask regarding Sushi Sakai, I haven't seen much reviews about this restaurant on this website or elsewhere (unless I've missed something). It is obviously super highly rated on Tabelog as well as 3 michelin stars. As I am planning to visit this restaurant some time in the future, I would like to ask is it highly recommended by many people here and how would you review this place?

Thank you very much

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

It’s a restaurant that I love that makes me amazed every time I visit.
(It’s a restaurant that provides one of Japan’s top-level sushi among restaurants that use red vinegar on the shari.)
The restaurant’s shari is powerful but at the same time gracious and refined. If you like sushi, their shari is definitely worth a try.

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Thank you very much Saito San.

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Hi Saito-san, adding to the question that @guest had, I would like to ask if you had the choice between Sushi Ikko (in Sapporo) or Sushi Sakai, which would you choose to visit or rank as better for you? Thank you

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

I think both sushi restaurants are worth going out of the way to visit.
Sushi Ikko's shari is different from Sushi Sakai, which mainly uses red vinegar, and offers proper and mild tastes. That's a part some people evaluate positively or negatively depending on the preference.
Personally, I would prefer Sushi Sakai.

3 months ago

thetrashmouth

Hi Saito san,

was wondering if you heard of this new sushi restaurant in fukuoka called Ichitaka. Only four tabelog reviews but very high scores - was wondering if this was worth a visit instead of somewhere established like Sushi Sakai or Osamu.

Thanks!

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Just some info from the Tabelog reviews.
It is run by the son of the chef who started Isshin-zushi Koyo in Miyazaki. 一心鮨 光洋.
It seems that the appetizers are more kaiseki influenced dishes and are made by a second chef.


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Thanks for the response. Given the lack of information, was wary about making a reservation - despite the crazy high average rating from each individual reviewer.

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Since the restaurant has just opened, it's possible that the reviewers know the chef personally.

10 months ago

Brady Yang

We are going to Kyushu this March. Tried to get a reservation for Tenzushi but failed...I guess planning 6 months ahead is not even enough now. I'm also looking at Sushi Sakai as well. I see it can be booked on Tablecheck as well. I'm just wondering 1. How can I know it is the counter seat or private room?
2. Is lunch also operated by Sakai-san himself?

Also since I cannot get into Tenzushi and don't really link Teruzushi's style. Could anyone please recommend other sushiya in Kita-Kyushu has similar style to Tenzushi?

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1. At the time of reservation, you should be able to inform them that you would not like a private room.
2. Sakai-san also makes the sushi at lunch.
3. I would recommend "Sushi Tsubasa" which is a newly opened restaurant run by a chef who trained at "Morita" which is descended from "Tenzushi".
https://tabelog.com/en/fukuoka/A4004/A400401/40043591/

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For sushi sakai, there are no private rooms. Yes it's served by sakai-san.

I would recomend sushi morita.

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Brady Yang

Thanks a lot Saito-san and everyone. It's really good to know lunch is also operated by Sakai-san because lunch is preferable to me. I will have a look at Morita and Sushi Tsubasa for my Kitakyushu trip.

10 months ago

guest

I understand the rule of preferential treatment to regular customers over first timers, but let says, they provide 100 score to regular, 90 score to fist timers, I think everyone will accept it, but I think my case is 50 score to 100 score, so I dont think it is acceptable. Also, also some non Japanses get the same treatment with me. So I wonder is it a good restaurant for foreigners to visit it.

If a restaurant accepts reservation from Pocket concierge and Tableall, I think it should be welcome to foreigners, but.........

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@guest I’m sorry, which restaurant is this regarding?

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sorry should reply to the 鮨 唐島 post

11 months ago

guest

@Saito. Where would you rank Sushi Karashima 鮨 唐島 on this list?

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not saito, but as someone who dined at both karashima and sakai 2 weeks ago, i would be likely to return to sushi Karashima

11 months ago
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Thanks Rum_n_raisin. Did you go to any other sushiyas in Fukuoka and could you rank them in order of preference

11 months ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

This is purely only my personal opinion, but I would probably evaluate its merit to lie above that of Kikuzushi and Teruzushi.

11 months ago
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@Saito - So #4 after Gyoten?

(would you recommend Gyoten on Karashima?)

11 months ago
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I have a very bad experience at karashima...For me, Kikuzushi and sakai is much better than karashima very very much.

11 months ago
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Curious, what made the experience very bad?

11 months ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

I'm curious, too.

11 months ago
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1. They serve relative bad positions of the fish/tsumami to the first time customer including me and the Japanese customers sit beside me. Such as he choices the tako and awabi the smallest part carefully and give us. Every tsumami he use around 15 second to choice which one should be distributed to me.
2. Karashima san gave the nigiri to a long time customer that sit in-front of him,then serve one by one from his left hand side to the right hand side customer. When he serves the O-Toro, he forgot already gives the O-toro to the long time customer and he gave him again, when the long time customer reminds him, him take up the O-Toro nigiri from the long time customer's plate to another customers. I think it has some hygienic problem if the nigiri is already put onto some one plates.
3.It is also the first time that the sushi shop "refill" the green tea but not change the whole cup of tea in order to keep the temperature of the green tea.
I think it is the most bad experience of high end sushi meal for me as a foreigner....But I think if you are Japanese, it maybe quite good in terms of taste....

In terms of taste or attitude towards foreigners, Sakai is much more better.

11 months ago
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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

Although it's traditional for sushi restaurants to give preferential treatment to regular customers over first timers, the number of visits from foreign sushi fans has increased dramatically recently so the blatant difference in service is unpleasant and outdated. Hearing about it, I too, get angry.

11 months ago
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@guest i only went to sakai & karashima in fukuoka and sushi senpachi in kumamoto, i would not rank 1 over the other, but i felt that there was great satisfaction even though they do not use more premium neta compared to sakai

11 months ago
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so sorry to hear of the bad experience u received. i might be lucky when i went then as it was just 3 groups of people chatting among themselves(including me) thus nobody actually made any conversation with the chef throughout the meal, i felt it went pretty smoothly and everything was served fairly, but i would have to agree that the attention at sakai was top notch, and green teas were always refilled half way through the cup,

11 months ago
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For the three issues listed above, I'm personally okay with 2 and 3 but it obviously makes me feel unpleasant too. No. 1 is completely unacceptable.

11 months ago
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I don't really see what being a foreigner has anything to do with the bad experience.

1. A regular got better cuts, which as Saito-san said, is pretty normal. ("better" being a completely subjective guess)
2. Chef made a mistake. I've seen the exact same thing happen in other sushi places, where they simply transfer the nigiri.
3. Plenty of restaurants simply refill the green tea.

11 months ago
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As my say above,

I understand the rule of preferential treatment to regular customers over first timers, but let says, they provide 100 score to regular, 90 score to fist timers, I think everyone will accept it, but I think my case is 50 score to 100 score, so I dont think it is acceptable. Also, also some non Japanses get the same treatment with me. So I wonder is it a good restaurant for foreigners to visit it.

And it is not cheap restuarant, 20k charge is not cheap in fukuoka area. Kikuzushi 15k, sakai 30k..
I can just go for those chefs wont made mistake.

Also, just my personal opinion that I am not even full after the meal. Since the tsumami in karashima only provide one slice of awabi and tako, and he even choose the smallest slice to us, I am totally not full after the meal. Compare to Sakai, sakai san provide 2 to 3 slice of each tsumami to us. However, someone maybe feel full at karashima but it is not my case.

Therefore, for my personal comment I think Sakai and Kikuzushi is much better

11 months ago
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As a foreigner who speaks little to no Japanese, who had recently dine in Karashima, Kiku and Sakai, I would much preferred the later 2 for the overall experience. Seguchi-san and Sakai-san try their best to make sure you are not out of place, sometimes even getting extra attention to make sure you like every pieces.

The quality is definitely there in Karashima, and I have no doubt he will be a great sushi chef, but I second to every unfortunate event the gentlemen above has mentioned.

10 months ago

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