”Welcome to the dominion of fish.”
In the event you’re a sushi fan who additionally has a style for journey, there are a pair locations in Japan which are in all probability in your dream itinerary. Tokyo’s Tsukiji and Toyosu, the capital’s former and present fish markets, almost definitely have the highest spots, maybe joined by the morning seafood markets in Hokkaido’s Hakodate and Ishikawa’s Kanazawa.
However there’s a incredible fish market, with an array of eating places the place you may dine on the freshest potential sushi and sashimi, that’s been flying below the foodie radar for a lot too lengthy, and it’s the one in Yaizu.
“Yaizu? The place’s that?” you is perhaps asking. It’s a metropolis in Shizuoka Prefecture that doesn’t have the identical tourism cachet as the opposite locations talked about above. What Yaizu does have, although, is Yaizu Fish Middle, or Yaizu Sakana Middle, because it’s referred to as in Japanese.
▼ “Welcome to the dominion of fish,” reads the signal above the doorway gate to the power, trying extra like a regional theme park than a fish market.
Our Japanese-language reporter Seiji Nakazawa stumbled throughout Yaizu Fish Middle throughout his journey to the city to go to Japan’s number-one catastrophe shelter producer, and the gate pulled him in like a magnet. Even earlier than stepping into the constructing, he may spot indicators from its eating places promoting the meals they’ve on provide, making extraordinarily pleased that he’d discovered the place earlier than settling for grabbing lunch at a comfort retailer.
It took all of his willpower to not simply soar proper into the primary restaurant he noticed, what with all of its mouthwatering menu footage. Journalistic professional that he’s, although , Seiji knew his responsibility was to make the rounds of the power first, then select the restaurant that was best-of-the-best when it comes to enchantment.
Eating places are scattered all through the market, and the market itself is big. Contemporary fish is, clearly, the principle focus of the Yaizu Fish Middle, however there are additionally retailers promoting canned seafood and tsukudani, simmered seafood and seaweed. If he lived within the space, Seiji imagines he’d be at this market so continuously that he’d have the format memorized, however as a first-timer he was glad for the banners hanging from the ceiling designating sure rows as “Maguro Highway,” “Crab Row,” and the like, which helped him navigate the market with out getting misplaced.
▼ まぐろ街道 = Maguro Highway
The overwhelming majority of the eating places concentrate on sushi and sashimi…
…however there are additionally locations serving up issues like hamburger steak and Okinawan noodles, such because the restaurant pictured under.
However Seiji wasn’t about to go residence from his first go to to the Yaizu Fish Middle with out consuming fish, and after trying over all his choices, he selected the restaurant Tekkadon Yamamoto.
It has an open and alluring environment. And what actually sealed the deal for Seiji was their lineup of dynamic-looking dishes just like the one he ordered, the Dynamic Protruding Sushi Bowl. Yeah, at 2,000 yen (US$15.15) it’s not the most cost effective factor on order, and it’ll take some time to place that a lot into the restaurant’s meal ticket merchandising machine for those who’re paying in cash. It’s all price it, although, once they convey this to your desk.
Sure, the Dynamic Protruding Sushi Bowl will get its identify from the truth that its slices of maguro (tuna), bintoro (albacore tuna), and salmon are means, means too large to suit contained in the bowl, and as a substitute spill out over the edges.
▼ Which is why the bowl itself is served on prime of a slicing board.
▼ Oh, and also you additionally get a bowl of miso soup, as Seiji seen as soon as he may pry his eyes away from all that wonderous fish.
Coronary heart pounding with pleasure and abdomen growling in anticipation, Seiji picked up one of many slices of fish and discovered that they’re not simply luxuriously lengthy, however completely thick too. Popping one into his mouth stuffed his cheek like a hamster’s, and he was overwhelmed by how scrumptious and decadent the feeling was.
Tekkadon Yamamoto completely delivers on amount with the Dynamic Protruding Sushi Bowl, however that doesn’t imply they skimp on high quality in any respect. Not solely have been the tuna and salmon sashimi nice, however so was the negi toro (grated tuna with inexperienced onion). And when you can’t see it in these photographs, sure, there truly is rice within the bowl too, expertly vinegared to supply simply the fitting taste to tie the whole lot collectively harmoniously.
▼ Seiji, coming to grips with the conclusion that he is perhaps falling in love with this sushi bowl.
Yaizu Fish Middle has truly been open since 1985, however its off-the-beaten-path standing signifies that even right this moment quite a lot of foodies in Japan have by no means heard of it. Now that we do find out about it although? We expect we’ll be stopping by each time we will.
Yaizu Fish Middle / 焼津さかなセンター
Deal with: Shizuoka-ken, Yaizu-shi, Yagusu 4-13-7
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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