What we love…
- Located in the quiet Asakusa neighborhood, you'll find Nihonkai Asakusa sushi bar, an eatery that mostly serves locals, and the occasional tourist who isn't afraid of the all Japanese menu.
- This is a multi-level restaurant with the top floor rooms for large groups or private parties, and the main level for small groups and singles. The restaurant is casual, but don't be fooled by the casual atmosphere, this place makes top notch sushi. Each pieces is meticulously crafted by the sushi chef behind the counter, who will gladly make any of the pieces you request (or point out on the menu). Nihonkai is known for their tuna selection, the chef is a regular at the Tsukiji market tuna auction and the cuts you'll get at Nihonkai are fantastic. Although the tuna was great, so was everything else we tried, including the fried squid legs which are the perfect warm compliment to our delicious raw sushi.
- The staff was extremely friendly, going out of their way to help fill in the gaps for the Japanese words we didn't know. Because this isn't a typical tourist spot the locals who were dining around us were also excited to try their hand at English, and help us practice our Japanese.
- If you're touring the temples in the Asakusa put Nihonkai Askakusa on your list for lunch or dinner. You'll not only get a taste of local life you'll also get a delicious meal, and maybe make a friend or two.