鮨かねさか Sushi Kanesaka – Ginza

Having had Michelin star sushi the night before, what are the odds that I would have Michelin star sushi again the next day?  Apparently pretty good, because here I was at 鮨かねさか Sushi Kanesaka for lunch the next day!

Well known in the sushi world, Kanesaka-san opened an outlet in Singapore, and has a second outlet at the Palace Hotel in Tokyo as well.  But here we are at the original.

Located 2 streets over from the main Ginza drive, near the Toy Park, Sushi Kanesaka is in the basement.

img_0404The entrance to the basement. img_0405 Down the stairs and around the corner.img_0406 And there we go!img_0408 We were a little early, as we had an 11:30am lunch reservation.  They open at this time, so they ask you to wait upstairs and then they come and get you.

Inside, there are two sections, both sides seating 8 people.  We sat down and were amongst a set of Japanese housewives, a tourist from Hong Kong and a Japanese tourist.img_0409We were attended to by Sanpei-san, the trusty assistant to Kanesaka-san.  His english is great and he is so hospitable, the experience was great with him.

img_0410For lunch we had a choice of 5 selections.  3 of them were just sushi, basically the small, medium and large.  And then there was also an omakase involving some other dishes and sushi.  There was also a pricing difference of course.  For the sushi, it was 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 yen.  For the courses, 20,000 and 30,000 yen.

I went for sushi only.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted the dishes and decided to go for the full and large sushi course.

Our neighbor, the Japanese tourist, went for the 30,000 yen course.  He got the cooked crab piece, the fish sperm, and some other hot dishes and about 7 pieces of sushi.  After seeing that, I sort of am glad I went for sushi only.

But let’s see how the star was earned here!

The setting for the meal.  Simple.

img_0427 We started with some simple seaweed and veggie.img_0411 First up was Karei – Flounder.img_0414Then some Tai. img_0415 Followed by Buri.img_0416 Sanpei-san hard at work feeding all of us at once.img_0413Maguro. img_0417 Then onto Chutoro.img_0418And ending the tuna series with Otoro. img_0419Sanpei-san said this was Bonito.  Interesting.img_0422 Ika was next.img_0425 Kohada.img_0426Laughing it up and telling stories as we dined. img_0423 Kurama Ebi.img_0428Aji. img_0429This one I have never had before.  This is baby shrimp. img_0430 Hamaguriimg_0431Baby Scallops. img_0432Ikura img_0433 Miso Soup with Clamsimg_0434Uni! img_0435Anago img_0437Tamago.  This one is almost like custard. img_0438 Akagai, or Red Clam, Roll.img_0439And that was it.  My full course was finished.  Amazing tastes and freshness.  What a meal!

It was not as warming and homey and comforting as Sushi Kuwano, but this is still a great atmosphere and a lot of fun to be in while we ate.  We still got to talk to everyone and had a good time also.

If this is Michelin star sushi, keep signing me up!

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