Orchid Hotel, Street Level
Let’s get this straight. Japanese food is not cheap. But tell that to the tums. She doesn’t care. She’s not the one pulling in the hard-earned cash month after month. Next to her appetite for alcohol (thank goodness that’s something of a past now), it’s her obsession with nihon ryori that’s making me live hand to mouth.
"But who can say ‘no’ to that?"
Whole Aji ($22). That’s one of the few items I always order at Sushi Kou, one of few affordable places I go to get the tum’s fix. And then there’s the tako wasabi.
It’s the best tako wasabi ($5) ever. They do this too at a few other Japanese places, but nothing beats this one. It may be an acquired taste but, This. Is. The. Best.
Every Tuesday and Friday, Sushi Kou casts its fishing net into Tsukiji Market – yes, the famous fish market in Tokyo – and reels in the freshest off-menu items to the restaurant.
I always ask for Sea Bass. Had my first taste of the sashimi here and loved it at first bite.
And sometimes, the manager here offers me a surprise:
That’s called shirako, otherwise known as cod sperm. Yucks. Never again. Not that it tastes horrible but it’s… sperm!
Of course, it gets cheaper when you go with friends. Alone, I usually go for the kaisen don ($26).
It’s taken me too long to pay homage to Sushi Kou, my go-to Japanese restaurant. There’s still a lot to talk about. Like their eat-until-you-burst omakase ($50, $80. $100). It’s not mind-blowing like the one at next-door Teppei, but there are more seats here and you never wait for a table.
Next time I omakase at Sushi Kou, I’ll blog it on Dayre.