Dear Food Diary:
I’ve been here for almost 3 weeks and visited AkibaIchi UDX a handful of times. Every time I walk by Tsukiji Restaurant Gen-Chan, it always seems to be crowded. The vibe is super friendly and so are the prices.
The huge posters of awesome raw fish, shrimp and eggs bowls outside are as alluring as the teenage boy band posters I had on my bedroom wall. (NKOTB if you need to know)
As the name suggests, the ingredients here are fresh from the Tsukiji Fish Market.
Yuzu sake, so refreshing and summery. My drink of choice. Alcohol in Tokyo is fairly inexpensive, no wonder people get wasted left and right. I’ve seen it mid afternoon.
First step is to toss it with some special sweet soy, and enjoy the mix as is. Second step, you pour a tea fish broth over it and drink it like soup rice. I’m not sure why they also have miso soup, seems redundant to me.
A really messy Japanese style cold “paella” if you will. The flavors and textures are so naughty and fun. Umami drapes the tongue as you go through sweet, melt in your mouth textures of the fish and refreshingly crunchy pieces of sweet pickle. Toasted seaweed strips interfere with salty moments as scallions brightened the mouthful. I couldn’t stop eating it.
There was a lot of rice and I finished it all…
A closer look at the sexy mix. It still amazes me at how disproportianate the price is compared to the quality, not to mention how ridiculously delicious it is. Proving once again, you don’t have to break the bank to eat well in Tokyo.
It had a real creamy feel to it and I didn’t miss wasabi or soy sauce at all, which is a first for me. Raw fish in a new form. Nothing overly citrusy or strong. Just a mild aromatic sauce to compliment the delicate fish.
The yarn looking seaweed was a bit dry but worked really nicely in the soup as it absorbed all that yummy liquid. The broth itself is sweet and savory umami. I like ending a meal this way. Actually, I remember doing this as a kid, with pork or chicken soup my mama made. It’s a Chinese thing to end the meal with soup, at least at home.
Prices are reasonable and quality is good. The rice as with most places in Tokyo is phenomenal. Did I mention I ate all of it?
This is a great place for a quick casual meal if you are around Akihabara and shopping at Yodabashi. Since it’s so close to us, I will be back for sure.
P.S. Chubby’s Rating:
(by Akiharabara Station)