Unimpressed with the buffet lunch offerings on the first day of the Wharton Forum in Tokyo, Lucas and I walked around Marunouchi in search of Sushidokoro Jun, a tidy and cheerful sushi restaurant in the basement floor of one of Mitsubishi’s Chiyoda corporate office buildings.
We got (and shared) different assorted nigiri sets, one of which Lucas explained used somewhat more premium fish and whatnot. To an extent I could taste the difference, more so in the freshness, since not all the toppings were alike or comparable. We added a bowl of miso soup each.
The last few individual pieces were some of my favorite, apart from the usual fatty suspects (salmon, toro). The briny pop of salmon roe, the buttery scallop, and the lightness of the eel all contributed to pleasant bites.
This was my first sushi experience in Japan, and though it was in the context of a business lunch atmosphere (and not a full-scale omakase dinner), I quite enjoyed the meal in whole. The diverse offerings were helpful for my curiosity to try a wide range of relatively high-quality nigiri. If anything, the setting was a bit sterile in retrospect, but again, the in-and-out business lunch aspect of our meal allowed us to largely overlook that. Plus, with the reasonably-priced lunch sets, we weren’t really paying for the ambiance.
So it was a good start to eating raw fish in Japan.