After walking round Shibuya, we walked along a lot of lively alleys and passed by a lot of shops and apartments from Shibuya, until we reached Omotesando, a kilometer or so from Shibuya. Like Shibuya, I’ve been to this area twice before (here and here). It’s like a place you’ve got to visit while you’re in Tokyo. Omotesando street is famous for international brands and designer labels. They’ve got the nicest shops around. Such a pretty sight, this time. In Japan, lights are lit-up in some areas during winter, part of the Christmas Illuminations. This road wasn’t an exception.
Since reaching Shibuya, we talked about getting food so many times, but food around Omotesando were pricier than usual. Walked to Harajuku (just nearby) and got on a train to Shinjuku. Made Reza look for the nearest Balenciaga store near the area, visited and unimpressed, returned to the station to look for food.
Headed to this exit near Yodobashi Camera and looked for small sushi restaurants along the many alleys for dinner. That’s something I’ve been wanting to do, to eat somewhere a little more ‘Japanese’. Like those scenes in the Japanese dramas where they hang out at small sushi places. It kind of felt like that with this one small sushi place that we found (after going in and out of a couple of restaurants). Lucky to have had seats in this one, since the other shops were almost completely full there. I read the menu. The menu explained how long the shop’s been around — I can’t remember how long, but I know I was impressed by how old the shop is — and the history of sushi.
An elder woman greeted us, while old men were preparing the sushi at the sushi bar. We were surrounded by old folks talking about the disaster that hit Japan earlier last year and expressed their faith in Japan (Reza told me this). I opted for bento, Reza opted for a sushi set, both around ¥1000. We sat at the bar, so we were able see the chef preparing the sushi in front of us. They looked too good.
Well, it turned out really good! While eating we were going on and on about how good and fresh the fish was. The wasabi had a real kick, too. I think you can see it from the photos. It was worth the walk.
I was told that small restaurants like this one are really popular because they’re that good — hence explaining why they’re mostly packed. A lot of shops only cater to reservations. So if you’re around the Shinjuku station, head to the West exit and look for Yodobashi Camera, walk along the alleys and hunt for small restaurants around the area. Comparing prices prior to walking in is highly recommended.