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What to Eat At Asakusa: CNN Lists Maguro Bito まぐろ人 As Best 3 Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo

img_9884CNN 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.

img_9877blogMagurobito 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.

img_9881The 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.

img_9883Even 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.

img_9879Another 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.

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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
台東区雷門2-18-12
2-18-12 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
T: +81-3-3847-7139
M-sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-9pm


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  1. Hi, I’m very glad you covered this Maguro bito. However, I must clarify that you’ve covered their other store that’s actually not only a standing sushi bar, but under different management as it’s a different franchise location; the other actual kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) is around the side/back of Senso-ji whereas the standing location is on the Kamarimon (sp) street. I’ve dined at both and I’ve heard that the actual kaitenzushi location’s quality is declining whereas the standing sushi version is still going strong with reasonable prices and amazing quality for the price. As I’ve actually ordered all of the sushi in Japanese despite me being a foreigner (I’m such a sushi aficionado that not only did I know the names of the neta in Japanese despite me not knowing much Japanese in general aside from the basics, but I knew the progression while I respected the chefs by not bombarding them verbally with orders like the other customers did (even the actual Japanese locals didn’t seem nor actually cared about following the progression)) they ended up offering me a special secret item which was “kamatoro” which is the fatty portion of the tuna near the gills where it’s rare and highly prized while not being familiar with most sushi enthusiasts; there was even this Japanese woman in a kimono who seemed irked that the chefs would offer this special item to a foreigner rather than her as she seemed to be one of those elegant, affluent Japanese. Overall, the chefs were really impressed that I knew both the neta in Japanese and their progression, and also the mannerisms as a foreigner of eating the sushi as quick as possible, being brief & quick as standing sushi places aren’t known to foreigners as being a quick meal as they take too much time, and saying gochisosamadeshita at the end.

    I hope in my personal blog that I would come back to this location the next time I’m in Japan and take the photos of each piece while educating prospective foreigners about this awesome sushi restaurant that’s both reasonably priced and high quality that might even put Sushi Dai and Daiwa sushi at Tsukiji to shame. I’ve actually posted about this sushi restaurant when I didn’t really know the name of the place other than I ate there and had the courage to order and dine without knowing much japanese, let alone not being able to read it as I had a flawless time: easily ordered beer, got sushi, of course I got that special mesmerizing Kamatoro, and I got amazing service from both the staff and chefs while also received amazement from the customers that were baffled that a foreigner was highly accustomed to traditional japanese sushi and its ordering customs rather than ordering California and Spicy Tuna rolls (blasphemy): http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+93361

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