Japan, Travel

Genki Sushi (Shibuya – Japan)

March 23, 2015

I have found myself longing for the super cheap yet high quality sushi of Japan. One of my favourite sushi places was Genki Sushi near the eternally-bustling Shibuya station. Genki, like all good things in Japan, had quite a line when we arrived. However, it moved swiftly and we were seated within 20 minutes.

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Instead of the conventional merry-go-round sushi train, Genki does things slightly different. Each table has a touchscreen from which you can order from an enormous menu and, after a brief wait, a small train will arrive at your table to deliver your order. The touchscreen also has an English menu for those not willing to play lucky dip – something we did often in Japan. Matcha Green Tea and boiling water was available at the table for bottomless green tea – something we really adored about going out for sushi in Japan.

Some of the offerings at Genki Sushi

Some of the offerings at Genki Sushi

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Fried Oysters

Sushi dishes start from 120 JPY which is about $1.30 AUD (depending on the exchange rate). We started off by ordering a serve of deep fried oysters. A cute little ramekin containing some kewpie and three tongue-scalders arrived within a couple of minutes. Yessssssss.

Fried Oysters

Fried Oyster

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Blow-Torched Salmon

Sushi rolls

Sushi rolls

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Prawn and Burnt Leek

Sea Urchin

Sea Urchin

Sea urchin was on my to-nom lists in Japan. I heard whispers of sea urchin being quite sweet, however I actually didn’t really enjoy the taste. It may be more of an acquired taste.

Some sort of mushroom sushi

Some sort of mushroom sushi

After a few rounds of sushi a game popped up on our touch screen. It seemed to be some sort of rock,paper,scissors game and after hastily selecting rock, it had appeared I won a gift! I was able to choose from a discount on my meal or a sushi key ring. I opted for a sushi key ring since the meal was so ridiculously cheap.

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Sitting in a small booth, ordering sushi dishes and watching the train whiz past delivering sushi to other tables was a unique experience and the quality of the sushi, despite being so damn cheap, was so good. I especially loved the torched sushi which really brings a welcome smokey note to the fish.

Japan, I miss you.

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