The Place Located in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Tsujihan is one of the most value for money kaisendon restaurants in Tokyo. I arrived for dinner and queued for about an hour, and it is not unexpected given that the seats are quite limited. The interior of the restaurant is contemporary Japanese setting with all counter seats.
Other outlets include Tsujihan Akasaka Ark Hills and Tsujihan Kagurazaka.
The Food The menu is pretty much Kaisendon, with various combinations of ingredients but even the most luxe option will not break the bank for you. Orders will be taken while you are in the queue, an efficient process in my opinion as your food will be served almost immediately once you are seated.
I went for the Matu (2200yen) option which is a relatively luxe version consisting of chopped tuna, salmon roe, sea urchin and crab meat. The presentation is lovely as it comes in a mountain-like format, along with seaweed by the side.
The way to enjoy the dish is to first have the sashimi on its own, which are fresh, and I feel that the portion is quite generous for the price point. Sea Bream sashimi is also served by the side where you can enjoy a few pieces on its own, before adding some of it to your remaining rice.
For the remaining rice, you can signal to the staff who will then pour some dashi stock over it, and it becomes a chazuke. This then tastes like fish porridge for me along with a few slices of the sea bream sashimi which is also soaked in the broth now.
The Rantee had the more basic Ume (1250yen) option which includes chopped tuna and fatty tuna, shrimp, clams, squid, salmon roe, herring roe, cucumber and leek.
Rants Be prepared to queue at least 45 minutes to an hour during peak mealtimes. The restaurant also closes well ahead of its official closing hour once it is sold out.
Will I Return Again? A comforting and affordable meal in Tokyo, if you have time to spare to queue. I like the freshness of the ingredients and the chazuke at the end of the meal. For its price point, it is good value in a city like Tokyo.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Tsujihan Nihonbashi Main Branch (つじ半 日本橋本店)
Japan, 〒103-0027 Tokyo, Chuo City, Nihonbashi, 3 Chome−1−15 久栄ビル １階
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 9pm
Tel: +81 3-6262-0823
Ranted by The Ranter