Have you ever waited in line for five hours to get into a much hyped-up restaurant? I have and I’m not ashamed of it.
In spite of the maitre’d telling us it was an approximate two to three hour wait from where we were standing, we were pretty confident to think that it couldn’t possibly take that long with only 30 something people ahead of us. Oh how wrong we can be. With each hour crawling to the next, a three-hour wait slowly turned into four. Thankful for how warm I dressed that day and the hot tea being passed around by the waitress, now that I think back, it wasn’t that bad (the Renée in line would beg to differ). Luckily, four groups of people in front decided to give up and leave, so by the time we entered Sushi Dai to sit at the sushi bar, it was just shy of five hours. We crazy foodies.
Sushi Dai is just as favoured by the locals, customers from France, Germany, Shanghai, and Hong Kong also came to try this much raved about place. And as I looked around, I thought how funny it worked out to have the people who waited near us (and got to knowing) ended up eating around the same time. One minute we were complaining together how long the wait was and how slow people were eating inside, the next minute we were all sitting together enjoying our meal. All that hanger (hungry + anger) we felt mere minutes before was left at the door. We’re just relieved to be able to finally sit down in the cozy restaurant.
While I can rave how good the sushi was, I really just want to point out Sushi Dai’s amazing service. And I mean superb. I only say this because two days prior to coming here, we tried another well-recommended sushi bar two doors away: Daiwa Sushi. Because Daiwa was our first experience at Tsukiji Fish Market, we loved it. We were a little taken aback by the lack of plating and the super quick serving of sushi, but it tasted amazing nonetheless. Nothing we’ve had before. However, to get a good idea of which restaurant was better, we had to try both places so we can compare and tell our friends. So without expecting much difference for our second trip, we were blown away by the hospitality and the sushi presentation at Sushi Dai. Not only were the chefs attentive to what I didn’t like and liked, the chefs would clean the bar before placing another beautiful sushi on the bar, ready to be indulged by me.
Highlights included the fish miso soup (taking it to a whole new level of miso soup!), never-ending supply of ginger, and the thoughtfully prepped fresh sushi accompanied with special sauces and garnishes.
Toro, Grouper, Snapper, Uni (replaced mine with a Tuna), Spanish Mackerel, Clam, Yellowtail, Salmon Roe, Horse Mackerel, Sea Eel, Kawahagi.
Was it worth the five-hour wait? Maybe not. Two to three hours for sure though. Once you sit down and taste the sushi, you immediately forget the gruesome hours of standing outside in the cold. Plus, the head chef apologized wholeheartedly and said how grateful he was for us to wait so long for this meal. How can you not forgive him. Would I go again? Honestly, after not being satisfied by the sushi in my city, it’s a definite yes. No doubt about that. But to tell you the truth, I still stand strong by the idea that all the fish from Tsukiji tastes just as good because it’s fresh and it’s from the same sea. So if you don’t have the stomach to wait in, head over to the other sushi restaurants because you won’t be disappointed. But if you’re willing to stick it out like the rest of us foodies, Sushi Dai will give you a rewarding experience. Trust me.
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Till next time,