I’m gonna be jumping back in time for this post. Back in 2014, on our first trip to Japan, our Airbnb was a five to ten minute walk from the JR Shibuya Station and we would pass through Shibuya Mark City on a daily basis as a shortcut. Everyday we would brisk walk past this little sushi restaurant, Umegaoka Sushi no MIDORI-SOHONTEN (also referred to as Midori Sushi), and notice a snaking line of people all hanging around holding onto slips of queue receipts, waiting to be seated.
The famous Shibuya Crossing which we crossed each day on the way to the station.
Always buzzing, the queues at Midori Sushi’s Shibuya Mark City outlet can be quite daunting.
I didn’t think much about the place. Just thought it was natural for it to be packed judging by the size of the restaurant with only 62 seats. We never dined there on our 2014 trip, choosing to guzzle ramen, desserts and Japanese curries over sushi.
Fast forward to our second trip to Japan in 2016, we were staying nowhere near Shibuya. On the second last day of our trip, I had a major craving for sushi and I was just getting antsy and anxious about not having some before we left Japan. Like I really couldn’t afford to suffer from sushi FOMO. So we planned to head to Shibuya for some shopping and decided we might as well grab some sushi in the area.
The cozy Midori Sushi seats up to 62 pax at a time.
I googled “sushi in Shibuya” and realised that the small restaurant we kept walking past on our 2014 trip was pretty popular with the Singaporean crowd. There were reviews here, here and here about it and I couldn’t care less that some of them were dated 2011. In fact, I trust recommendations by Li Tian of Dairy Cream and Kaelyn of MyFoodSirens because they’re such big fans of Japanese cuisine, so I thought it was a sign that maybe I really should visit Midori Sushi.
Get a counter seat if you’d like to watch the chefs prep your meal.
The F Man is typically against queuing, but I think he sensed my desire to have some sushi before we left and we had already dined at a really expensive place where we couldn’t order as much as we liked. Midori Sushi was much more affordable and that would allow us to really taste a variety of sushi. That’s not to say it was cheap of course, but it was truly great value for the price. Check out their menu here.
Tuna (¥150/pc), Sea Urchin (¥350/pc) and Salmon (¥150/pc)
The Original Boiled Conger Eel (¥630) is approximately $7.50, but wow is its worth it!
We had a lot more than just the sushi pictured above, but these are the ones I remembered most vividly. In particular, I was so excited about the Unagi or Boiled Conger Eel sushi, because will you just look at it! It’s magnificent.
I remember telling the F Man enthusiastically that for the price, this was really fresh and delicious sushi that I wouldn’t mind coming back for. It isn’t exactly the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life, especially in Japan, but it’s amazing for the price. The quality is much better than anything you can get at a similar price point in Singapore for sure.
One thing I miss so much is the food from Japan. We haven’t been back since my last trip in May 2016. It’s been a whirlwind the past 18 months with the wedding and the house. I really can’t wait for the time when we’re able to get away again to one of our favourite countries in the world.
Umegaoka Sushi no MIDORI-SOHONTEN
1-12-3, Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Mark City East 4F
Open Mondays to Fridays from 11:00am – 10:00pm. (Last Order at 9:45pm)
Open Sundays from 11:00am – 10:00pm. (Last Order at 9:30pm)