Eating spree at Tsukiji market—the home of delicious food. What can we eat?
Tsukiji is a magnet for fine foods, and you can enjoy the highest quality fresh food hand-picked by professionals.
The market consists of two main areas: Tsukiji Inner Market and Tsukiji Outer Market. If you are looking for good restaurants, Tsukiji Inner Market is the choice to make. This market offers a myriad of restaurants serving all kinds of fare, including sushi, tonkatsu (pork cutlets), tempura (Japanese deep-fried food), and western-style restaurants, as well as coffee shops.
Sushi restaurants in this market serve superb sushi using freshly caught fish that has been selected by highly experienced sushi chefs. Tuna or tuna belly leaves you with the sensation that its tasty fat is melting in your mouth as you eat it. Of the numerous fish served at these restaurants, tuna is tops.
But the prawns and shrimps with a delicate gentle sweetness and the sea urchin eggs and squids are truly exquisite.
The dish we recommended above all at tonkatsu restaurants is the seafood-cutlet combo platter. Chefs fry the fresh prawns, which are more than 20 centimeters long, after receiving an order. These extra-large prawn cutlets are crisp and delicious, and have a delightfully firm texture.
Also recommended are the scallops, which are nice and fat and thick, and the deep-fried horse mackerel.
The large deep-fried prawns are well worth giving a try. At tempura restaurants, chefs fry the prawns, which are more than 20 centimeters long, in front of customers. With the aroma of the sesame from this dish increasing your appetite, a bowl of this salty-sweet deep-fried prawn with rice never fails to exceed the expectations of even the most devout foodie.
The Tsukiji area is famous for Tsukiji market―one of the Metropolitan Central Wholesale Markets―which is the main food distribution center in Tokyo.
The market mainly handles fish and perishable foods, which are produced and distributed as part of its market operations based upon the rules of fair trade.
It also deals in kitchen utensils, including kitchen knives, pots and pans, and stainless-steel kitchen items. The total amount transacted in this gigantic market is more than 2 billion yen, which is why Tsukiji is dubbed "the kitchen of Tokyo."