Friday, 11 April 2014

Tokyo: Irifune Sushi (入船寿司)

[Introduction chit-chat]

Should I feel guilty for ignoring this blog for so long? I should!
What makes it worse is that I have this blog save as draft for almost half a year but never really come back and finish it! My bad *tsk tsk*

So anyway I met up with MK from last month when I was in KL and she asked me what happened to my blog. Yeah, so that's why I'm here. I will try my best to clear the backdate stuffs since I'm having 3 trips in the 5 months from now and obviously I'm gonna eat a lot. I also think that maybe the direction of my blog will be reviewing of food I ate when I go on trips, more than everyday, general eating in Bangkok. So sorry about that if anyone looks forward to that sort of content (I don't think nobody cares anyway - haha)

So move on to the review!


This was the place I looked forward to the most, for my October 2013 trip in Tokyo. Read the review on tabelog and I went mad with the pix I saw people posting, all those maguro/akami/chutoro/otoro! If you are crazy about Otoro, this restaurant is a place you should not miss. I HIGHLY recommended!

The place is called Irifune Sushi. It situated a very short walking distance from Okusawa station but also not far from Jiyugaoka station. Very easy to find since it is on the main road.

I got there like 2.30pm something. It was already passed the lunch hour so I was the only customer there. I ordered their most famous Otoro Aburi Don (大トロのあぶり丼) which is basically a rice bowl top with partly grilled Otoro.

I think the uncle who took my order and worked on the fish is also the owner of this place. So we had a bit of chit-chat when I told him I came from Thailand. He was surprised then thanked me - you know how Japanese people are like! He then showed me this tray with pieces of maguro. From left to right: Otoro, Chutoro and Akami. He then spoke to me in English "Otoro Number 1!" - I couldn't agree more really.

Then I was served with a small bowl of cold starter - I think it was salmon boiled with soy sauce then put in the fridge coz the soup bit turned into this gelatin-like. I know, it sounds scary from the way I explained, I was horrified when I was served with that too since I didn't come from culture that eats cold food. Anyway, it was quite nice.

Then the real deal arrived. It looked like yakiniku (grilled beef) right? Can I also tell you it also smell like it too!? Oh my, just looking at the pic now makes me starving! The uncle told me I don't need to use shoyu since they already put some sauces on and just ate with the grated fresh wasabi on top. You would think it looked small - just don't let the look from pic deceived you...coz it was nowhere near small! I almost could not finish it - HELLO, ME?!?!?! 

Anyway, taste wise - when people described things like "melt in your mouth", I usually had no idea what they mean. However, in this case, I got it. When you put the aburi otoro in your mouth, you can really feel those fatty things melt in your mouth. It's super yummy and totally worth the money and time I paid to have this meal. Now since I talked about the price, you might be a bit scary to hear that this bowl of rice is 10,500yen (now it would be 10,800yen with the new 8% VAT). I know, I know! A meal that worth the price of decent hotel fee for one night in Tokyo. But it's really worth it! Worth the experience also. If you love otoro, this place is really a must. I would definitely go back when I have trip to Tokyo, definitely!

Irifune Sushi (入船寿司) 
Okusawa, Setagaya, Tokyo

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  1. This looks extremely oishiiii!!! but What! 10,500yen!!!! Takaiiiiii!

  2. hi, do you need to make a reservation to eat here? thanks before :)

    1. hello!

      actually, good question! the thing is i went there not at busy time like lunch time so I guess you don't have to. Just avoiding 12pm-1pm time period. Enjoy anyway :)