CNN lists Maguro Bito as one of the three Best Sushi in Tokyo. Not sure if the claim is true but the shop is definitely convenient, and easy to find; and the food is delicious, and extremely affordable.
Magurobito is situated between Asakusa temple and Asakusa station (2-min walk). On your way to the temple from the station, you are bound to spot the shop.
The shop is sometimes mislabeled as kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi), and as you can see in the photo above, there is no conveyor belt. You order by communicating to the chefs.
It’s a very tiny space which can accommodate 6-8 customers. There are no seats; you stand as you eat, which means the turnover rate for customers is fast.
Even though my feet were screaming with agony from walking around Tokyo, I enjoyed my experience at Magurobito very much. There are so many reasons to love the shop. For one, the prices are clearly stated, each piece of sushi ranging from ¥170-290. Super, super affordable.
A piece of otoro only costs ¥290 (S$3.50)!!!! WHAT THE HECK. It costs 3-5 times more in Singapore. Next time, I just want to go whack it. 10 pieces for me! And I’d have earned back the airticket to Tokyo.
There is an English menu, if you like, but you can also just point, point, point to the seafood to the chef. Fingerpointing is an international language. But honestly, just memorize your sushi name. It’s not that hard.
Another area that we love: the service! The two male chefs look fierce but they are very funny and playful. We ordered the uni and the chef placed a thumb-sized uni on our plate. I had not seen such a minuscule sushi before. We were amused and befuddled. And he added a normal-sized sushi. We laughed. It was hilarious.
One more thing we love about the shop: It is so delicious! Their shop “maguro” is named about the prized tuna. So we ordered all three cuts: maguro (¥170), chutoro (¥230), and otoro (¥290). The otoro was simply heavenly, with such pillowy sushi rice. When we were eating, we kept moaning that people might think this was a porn shop.
Let’s recap why you should visit Magurobito:
1. unlike the Michelin-starred sushi restaurants, it’s very affordable (we spent ¥2680 for two persons);
2. there is no queue unlike those 4-hour queues at Tsukiji market;
3. the food is just slightly inferior to the Michelin-starred restaurants and the Tsukiji market but it is still fantastic and very satisfying;
4. Very convenient: the shop is 2-minute walk from Asakusa station, and 30s from the first gate of Asakusa Temple;
5. English menu available with prices clearly stated;
6. Interaction with chefs: direct ordering from them as it should be in any sushi restaurants. Funny chefs.
The only con is there are no seats. But I’d be happy just eating at Magurobito and not going to any expensive or popular sushi restaurants in Tokyo.
Maguro Bito まぐろ人
2-18-12 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
M-sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm
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Written by A. Nathanael Ho.