Update: This restaurant has closed down ?
When we’re in Shinjuku, Reza and I look forward to having sushi at this old restaurant that’s located at a junction near the station’s west exit. We first tried it out because we wanted to go into a real Japanese restaurant offering affordable sushi sets in Shinjuku one night and from the look of it, the restaurant seemed to fit the bill.
The restaurant’s called Shinjuku Sakae Sushi (I doubt it’s any way affiliated to the chain restaurant with the same name, here in Malaysia). It’s been around for almost 80 years! The restaurant has different floors to cater to different customers. We usually sit near the sushi bar to watch the chef prepare our sushi. Sometimes, to have a chat with them, like this oji-san, who was asking Reza to introduce him to the women of Malaysia, should he visit one day.
The staff would provide an English menu, which shares the origins of sushi and the restaurant and a list of all the sushi and sets that they offer. Ordering sushi per plate is more expensive here, compared to kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi. Hence, we usually stick to our sets. The sets I often order cost ¥1050 (RM35 as at now), a reasonable price in Tokyo.
We love the sushi here. They’re fat and fresh. Supposedly, the fish are all purchased in the morning at Tsukiji Market. The complementing wasabi is the bomb. Makes us literally tear.
The sushi set.
The sashimi bento set.
On weekdays and at lunch hour (11:30AM to 1:30PM), you’ll see a lot of old men in suits there. It’s because the restaurant has this this lunch set which only cost ¥750 (RM25 as at now), very cheap by Tokyo standards. Ooh don’t we love cheap sushi. We’d take a train to Shinjuku at noon just for it!Gah! This post is making me miss Shinjuku T.T
Anyway, if you’re somewhere around Shinjuku station and up for good sushi, you can drop by the restaurant. It’s just a few minutes away by foot from the Keio exit of Shinjuku station. It’s open 11:30AM to 11:00PM on weekdays and 12:00PM to 9:00PM on weekends.
Spot this building!