During one of our weekend tours of Tokyo Mr. B and I decided to venture out to Tokyo Skytree. I must confess I did little to no research about the place. In my imagination there was something similar to Tokyo Tower waiting for us where the only entertainment was riding up the elevator to the observation deck. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. What awaited us there was a sprawling entertainment complex which covers several city blocks! Endless shops, restaurants, an aquarium, a planetarium (with a one-of-a-kind aromatherapy show) and, of course, the tower itself. We were totally overwhelmed. To make things worth, there was a waiting line of 3 hours until the next available ride up to the top of the tower. Don’t even think about going there on a weekend or a national holiday! Anyway, we decided to just walk around to scout out the place and come back some other time for a full day of adventure. Since it was almost dinner time we started with exploring different dining options. Restaurants serving a variety of meals are spread out on two floors! Your choice here depends more on budget and patience than on avoiding a poor dining decision. However, there are three particularly popular spots: Rokurinsha Ramen Shop, Toriton Kaiten Sushi and Salon de Sweets, all three notorious for long lines. Since we had previously indulged in Rokurinsha’s umami-packed tsukemen at Tokyo Ramen Street, we opted to check out the other two eateries for sushi and a dessert as a sweet follow-on. The truth is you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars at Tokyo’s Michelin-starred restaurants to sample one of the best cuts of fish. Alongside traditional sushi restaurants, Japan is packed with more casual and budget-friendly yet equally tasty kaiten, or conveyor belt, sushi diners. Naturally, not all kaiten diners are created equal and provide mind-blowing experience, but Toriton Kaitenzushi is a perfect example of how you can savor one of the best sushi in town without breaking the bank. Long lines that wrap around the entire restaurant are a good testament to that. Luckily it was not too busy when we arrived, we only had to wait 20 minutes. Once the seats are available a polite hostess ushers you to your spot. All chefs unanimously shout out Irreshaimase!, or Welcome!, and you instantly feel at home ready to dig into the scrumptious bites of seasonal enticements. Like any other conveyor belt sushi place seats are facing the belt that carries sushi in a continuous circuit. Alternatively, if you don’t find what you want on the conveyor belt, you can write down your order on a pad of paper that is provided, hand it to one of the chefs and they will make the sushi fresh by request. The atmosphere is relaxed, you are at liberty to order and indulge at your own pace. Mr. B and I love to observe different servings that scroll past us and figure out what type of fish/seafood it is. I also love watching the hustle and bustle behind the counter as chefs endlessly greet newcomers and energetically prepare orders. Totiton is originally from Hokkaido, where it’s famous for getting amazingly fresh and high quality fish served in generous portions. Indeed, the quality of the fish here is nothing short of outstanding. You have a wide variety of sashimi and nigari to choose from. Each plate looks so appetizing you want to get a taste of everything!
My personal favorite is the flat fish nigiri which is slightly torched giving it a touch of smokey flavor. It felt like a cloud in my mouth!My other selections included beautifully torched salmon – soft and succulent at the same time with that harmonious added smokiness. This is quickly turning into my favorite type of nigiri. Gorgeous salmon roe wrapped in fatty slither of salmon. Chutoro maguro, or medium fatty tuna, nigiri was next. Those who don’t know tuna cuts are divided into two categories: akami are leaner cuts from the sides of the fish; toro is the term for the fatty part of the tuna, found in the belly portion of the fish. Toro is further subdivided into chutoro (medium fat) and otoro (the fattiest portion) cuts. The latter is fatty almost to the point of falling apart and can literally melt in your mouth.Afterwards I sampled creamy avocado and cucumber roll topped with a slither of salmon and a generous bunch of thinly sliced shallots. While it was a huge bite, all flavors worked beautifully together.Another favorite of mine is this shrimp avocado nigiri. Creamy chunks of avocado are paired with nicely seasoned shrimp, while a touch of roe adds a wonderful texture to your bite. Last but not least, I gobbled down this delectable creamy dollop of uni. Every one of them provided melt-in-your-mouth bites.
Your bill is determined by how many dishes you have in front of you when you finish. Plates are color coded and each color corresponds to a specific price. I cannot recommend Toriton Kaitenzushi enough. You can enjoy a value for money sushi feast prepared with quality seasonal ingredients from the local source. Please mind that the name of the diner is only in Japanese, however staff speak a little English and they do have English menu with pictures!
Address | Tokyo Skytree Town, Soramachi Building, 6th Floor