1-12-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo Mark City East, Floor 4
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Nine days into our trip, we felt we were eating a lot of everything but sushi. So with just a little over 24 hours left in the country, we made our way to Midori Sushi in the Shibuya district for our last lunch in Tokyo. This location is well-covered by instagrammers and has a worked up a decent size following, which means a wait if you intend to eat here at any normal lunch hour. Luckily, they’ve set up a pretty straightforward queuing process.
The Shibuya location won’t take reservations. When you get to its doors on the fourth floor of the Shibuya Mark building, you’ll see people waiting on benches. Go straight to the kiosk located just outside its doors. Put in the number of people in your party and print out your ticket.
At 2:30 pm on a Monday, our wait ended up being around 45 minutes. Someone from the staff emerges every now and then to call out numbers. They give it a few seconds before moving on to the next in line, so make sure you don’t wander off far.
There’s a good reason for its popularity. Visiting from overseas, sushi in Japan is generally unlike anything you get at home. But if you don’t have time to discover that perfect hole-in-the-wall or don’t want to have to spend a pretty penny at one of those elite dozen-or-so-seat boutiques that opens four days a week, Midori offers a good middle ground.
Reasonably priced all around, Midori’s sushi was simple and fresh. That doesn’t sound like I’m saying much, but with so much high-quality fish around, it’s Midori’s pricing that makes it such great value. At around $25 for one of their many sushi sets, it’s about half what you’d pay at any mediocre sushi bar in Manhattan. Midori also allows you to order a la carte or go omakase.
Eel also seems to be one of their specialties, with the large portions already sold out by the time we were seated. Eel’s one of the few Japanese food items I don’t fully enjoy, but there’s none of the rubbery texture that’s often the source of my ambivalence. The texture was almost more like a fine flaky fish, without any trace of fishy aftertaste to it.
You’ll be inundated with sushi options in Tokyo, from dollar-store conveyor belt joints to Michelin grade restaurants. So while Midori might not be the quintessential sushi experience you want to rest of your culinary hopes on for your Japan getaway, it’s a fine taste of what’s in store. And based on the number of business people waiting in line for lunch, the locals seem to agree.