Sushi Ya (すし家)
Housed in a hidden alley in Ginza, is one of the hottest sushiya in Tokyo. Like most sushiya in Japan, Sushiya is small which can only fits 7 diners at a time. With chef-owner Ishiyama standing at the counter to serve the top-notch sushi, you can have a discovery of the season's best produce by this talented young man who is in his early 30s but had been trained at the Michelin-starred Sushi Saito and Kanesaka.
The meal kicked off with some Hokkaido Ikura, which perfectly brusted in my mouth with sweet and umami juices; a pinch of yuzu zest brought a lovely refreshing twist.
Followed by edamame mousse which was very smooth and airy, its natural sweetness pairing well with the creamy uni and umami salmon roe. All the diners at the countuer coincide that this dish is really enjoyable.
Followed by the signature Kanesaka-style otsumami - kegani. The crab was succulent and umami, its sweetness balanced very well with the ponzu sauce on the side. Ishiyama-san's grilled Anago was also outstanding, it was topped with some garnished radish, scallions and Sansho powder.
And my favorite saba sushi, missed it so much and finally comes to its season. Possibly the best i have had in Tokyo so far, the saba has a deep umami flavor with right-to-point rice. Totally satisfied my saba sushi crave.
Anago was served in two ways, with a pinch of salt and another one served with sweet sauce. Distinctive flavors but both delicate. The tamago (Japanese omelette) was Kanesaka's classical jelly-texture. I loved its texture but unfortunately, too sweet for my liking.
The bill was slightly over 20,000 JPY which i think is quite worth of value espeically for its Ginza location. The fish were no doubt good quality to marry the well-balanced shari. A clearly typical Kanesaka-style sushiya. While the overall experience was less fantastic because of the lousy tourists, let alone talks loudly, a lady also waited until 4-5 pieces of sushi on her plate to take a photo with her flashing camera. Obviously chef was not in a very good mood. Put this aside, the meal was flawless and i would definitely recommended it.
Visited: Sep..2015 (Dinner)
Address: 日本〒104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo 銀座６丁目３−１７ 悠玄ビル別館
Hours:12:00-14:00, 17:00-22:00, Closed on Sataurday
Cost: 18,000 Omakase (exclude drinks)