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Travel: Nakaya, Tsukiji Market

A trip to Tokyo without a pitstop at Tsukiji would seem somewhat incomplete.

I love walking the outside market streets taking in everything in sight, breathing the different smells that change at every corner. Very exciting to the senses !

This time around, I had some time to kill and I didn't mind waiting at one of the sushiyas within the markets. They are notorious for their long queues and wait time. I wanted a simple donburi and chose Nakaya 中家. The close up picture menu was surely enticing and I had my mind on the Uni, ikura, toro don. After about 30 minutes, I was seated and the food was served rather quickly after that.

At first glance at the toro, I knew I was to be disappointed. The cut was a bad one indeed, full of sinew or tendon, rendering them a long chew. But luckily, the Uni and ikura were both very fresh and bursting with flavors. The contrasting textures between the two also made the short meal more fun. They also paired beautifully with the seasoned sushi rice at the bottom, which possessed a balanced flavor and just the right moisture.

Row 8, Tsukiji market
5am- 2pm


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