Delicious, Affordable Sushi In Shinjuku!

One of the big perks of living in Japan is having easy access to sushi all the time! I’ve gone to a couple of sushi places, from very affordable restaurants to places which induced a coma for my poor wallet. Today I’m going to write about Numazuko, a sushi joint my boyfriend and I discovered a month back.

When my friends come to Tokyo, a lot of them don’t know where to go, or some accidentally end up going to really expensive sushi places. The thing is, sometimes you may walk into a cute little unassuming restaurant, but be completely unaware the chef is actually some kind of sushi grandmaster, and before you know it, your meal has ended up costing you a 100 USD! Of course, it’s not that they intentionally cheat you because you’re a tourist. This is Japan after all, where the concept of cheating customers simply does not exist! (I wish we could bring our Malaysian taxi drivers for some form of ethics training here!). It’s just that it’s sushi of the finest quality, and therefore comes with a price tag to match. Since two of my friends accidentally went to more expensive restaurants by mistake, I decided to write about an affordable sushi joint that I really enjoy. (And hopefully, you might like it too!)

Numazuko is a kaitenzushi, which is a sushi restaurant where sushi comes on a conveyor belt. I personally recommend this for tourists instead of going for omakase, which is a course meal that a sushi chef serves you. An omakase is a nice experience if you want to explore the world of sushi and understand the nuances of a meal. I’ve discovered I myself prefer going to kaitenzushi because you can just pick what you like. Some of my friends try everything, while some only pick sushi they’ve tried before. Whatever type of sushi eater you are, it’s also always fun to see sushi roll by you!

conveyor
Come to mama, my little sushi babies!

When we went to Numazuko, the line was pretty long but moved fast. We waited for 15 minutes, and it was well worth the wait. Not only was the sushi very fresh, but they had a huge selection of it. Service was very good too. You may think that service is very good everywhere in Japan, but that’s not necessarily true. I had delicious chutoro, a medium fatty tuna that you have to try when you’re here! If you are feeling fancy, you can also order otoro, which is the fattest bit of tuna, and what I think is the most delectable. Another type of sushi I love is hamachi, known either as yellowtail. Oh, and don’t forget to order kampachi, amberjack or hotate, scallops!

 

kanpachi sushi
Kampachi!
My absolute favourite, chutoro!
My absolute favourite, chutoro!
Don't forget the hotate!
Don’t forget the hotate!

This place is foreigner friendly, and don’t worry about not speaking Japanese. There are lots of helpful signs here! english chutoro.

english kanpachi

At the end of the meal, stack up your plates and a server will come to tally your bill. Like this!

stack ur plates

Actually, not like this. This is a very bad demonstration of plate stacking, I’m ashamed to say. To make their lives easier, please stack them by color code and not mix them up. This is just plain bad manners. Forgive me, but I totally forgot to stack them properly.

Kaitenzushi are pretty good for foreigners too because the pricing system is easy, and you will usually find signs pasted all around the shop that details how much a plate is.

This sign was pasted right in front of us!
This sign was pasted right in front of us!

I really like this restaurant, and I think it’s such a nice place to drop by for a bite of sushi! For more information, here’s the official site, and you can get the address here! And let me know if you’re there, because I probably will come and join you too!

Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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