The more I travel, the more I learn that local cultural experiences tend to be the most rewarding when visiting foreign countries. Diving deep into a culture, seeking out experiences that teach you something new, tend to build lasting memories. For example, if you’re a foreigner in Japan, sure you can go eat lots of tasty local food, but you’re only able to absorb what you can see. That is why I searched out an experience that could teach me more deeply about the cuisine and culture. During my search, I came across Sushi Mafia. Sushi Mafia focuses on everything related to Japanese seafood and offers several high-end experiences including tours of the famous Tokyo seafood markets, sushi making classes, tuna auction tours, knife sharpening classes, and their Tokyo Sushi & Sake Night with chef Morio Hori and interpreter Naoko Miyajima.
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The Sushi Mafia location is near the Tsukiji Fish Market and close to multiple metro stations. The building was in the style of a classic Japanese tea house, complete with a half door that guests must hunch down to enter, so we can’t bring in our swords obviously. I walked upstairs, it felt like I stepped into a traditional Japanese living room, very warm and comfortable.
It was just three guests and the 2 staff members, so we really had a very intimate experience. Throughout the evening we tried dozens and dozens of food and alcohol pairings! With each bite and each drink we learned the specifics of every item, sometimes it was about how they were made, where they were bought, their value and much more. During the evening there was a completely free exchange of conversation between the chef, interpreter and the guests, which made it very easy to ask questions and learn. Somethings we learned was an overview of how to make sushi, the differences between Japanese sake, how to grind wasabi and more.
This immense information and wisdom came from 30 years of the chef’s experience which would be nearly impossible to come by during a standard restaurant visit.
We had lots of fish during the evening and my favorite was the swordfish, which was actually caught three days previous. There were a wide range of other dishes besides the fantastic sashimi and sushi, including salmon croquettes, grilled anchovies, greens with mushrooms, a Japanese seafood stew and more! We were offered only the finest alcohol, fish and other ingredients along with an educational experience that I will never forget.
I still can’t get over how well I was treated, and how much good food and drink I had during my experience with Sushi Mafia! If you’re in Tokyo, and want to truly memorable Japanese dining experience, then you must give Sushi Mafia a try. They’ve got lots of experiences to choose from, and after this evening I can’t wait to try their other offerings! The amount of value guests get for their money far exceeds the price. This is an experience I’ll never forget and therefore I can easily recommend Sushi Mafia everyone!
Japan, 〒104-0045 Tokyo, Chūō, Tsukiji, 2−6-9
Phone: +81 3-3216-7297