Best Restaurants to Eat at in Tokyo: Kyubey

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Since I just did a recent post on Sushi Zanmai, which is sushi for a reasonable price, I thought I would do one on Kyubey today. Kyubey is significantly higher quality sushi than Sushi Zanmai, although it comes at a significantly higher price. If you can go for lunch, it is the same quality fish for a much lower price; however, if you go for dinner, you can expect to pay between $100-200, depending on which course you get.

Kyubey only has omakase, so you have to be prepared to at least try any fish that the chef gives you. When I went there, I got a 10 set course or something around there. My favorites were definitely the otoro, chutoro, unagi, and uni; these were all some of the best cuts of fish that I have ever had in my life. The otoro was super buttery and flavorful, and the uni was much fresher and better tasting than any other ones i have had before.

On the other hand, I also got a fish that I was not huge fans of (not because of the quality, but because of my personal tastes). This was kohada (similar to sardines/mackerel), a fish with the shiny silver scales. A lot of people consider this their favorite sushi if it is fresh and prepared correctly, but for me the taste is too strong; still, this is part of the experience, and you will probably have to at least try one fish you do not expect to enjoy.

Since Kyubey is only omakase, I would recommend that you only eat here if you are willing to try any type of fish; it is not really the type of restaurant that you should be sharing food at, so it is not like you can just give someone else a fish that you do not like. If you are willing to try anything though, and want to try a really good high end sushi restaurant, I would definitely recommend giving Kyubey a chance.

Kyubey Recommendation Rating: 4

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


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