Impromptu conveyor belt sushi in Omotesando!

Do Japanese people eat sushi everyday? – No.

Is sushi cheap in Japan? – Yes and no.

Is it possible to find good sushi at a cheap price? – Yes (if you’re not very picky)!

Is supermarket sushi edible? – If you like metallic taste of disappointment – yes.

Have I ever eaten expensive sushi? – Yes. 

How expensive is expensive? – For me it was 3300 yen for 11 pieces of nigirizushi for lunch. 

Was it better than cheap sushi? – We’re comparing apples and oranges here.

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Sushi in Japan is considered festive food, eaten on special occasions. I have been teaching English lessons for over 2 years now and I just repeat what I’ve heard from all my students. I have taught probably well over 300 people by now. I routinely ask them “How often do you eat sushi?” – answers vary, but in 90% of cases I hear “once a month maybe…?” For Japanese people sushi = expensive sushi. Cheap sushi is a snack. I cannot imagine master Jiro Ono — the owner of Sukibayashi Jiro (3 Michelin stars!) — serving crab salad, tuna mayo, seared salmon and cheese nigiri sushi and other rather free interpretations of what sushi should be. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll get a chance to try his amazing sushi worth gazillions of yen…? Well, anyway, the 10th of November was not that day.

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It was rainy and gloomy that day, so when I saw colourful pieces of sushi zooming round a small conveyor belt, I thought “Why not! I haven’t had sushi in aaaages!”….

…..so here it is — my impromptu conveyor belt sushi adventure.

HEIROKU SUSHI

 5-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

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heiroku.jp

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You noticed the English text on the blackboard? Omotesando is a touristy area and I got a feeling that this place would serve touristy sushi too. There were at least 5 foreigners there, including myself, and that really doesn’t happen that often. Not everyone likes it, so I’m warning you now — in a place like this, they WILL try to speak English to you because you’re a foreigner.

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MENU

(you can click on it to enlarge it)

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Tuna salad

It doesn’t exactly look like a definition of scrumptious, but surprisingly it’s really delicious! Looks can be deceiving. 

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Salmon roe ♥

Cheap kaitenzushi chains usually serve ‘fake’ salmon roe, you’ll know if you’re a salmon roe lover. ‘Fake’ salmon roe is too soft and watery, it doesn’t pop in your mouth. Real salmon roe is a bit hard, like tapioca and it pops when you chew it (which is somewhat satisfying… Or am I weird…)

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Fatty salmon and suspicious looking green onion

All the sushi ingredients should be fresh. But then again I shouldn’t complain because this particular sushi cost like ¥130?

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Crab salad

I really don’t know why I chose crab salad sushi as it’s my least favourite. I can’t even count how many times I gave crab a chance and it failed miserably.

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Natto & raw quail eggs & onion

I’m a big fan of natto (fermented soybeans)! I always eat it mixed with raw egg, green onion and some other ingredients and it is really delicious, please believe me! I must share my secret recipe one day — if you dare to try it, there’s actually a pretty big chance you’ll like it!

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Salmon

Who doesn’t love it? Even cheap salmon is good. Not tasty salmon does not exist.

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Torched salmon & onion & mayo

It’s not your usual sushi, but the salmon + onion + mayo combination is just perfect! Sometimes I’m wondering what ancient Japanese would say seeing today’s wild sushi variations though.

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Overall!

It’s not my usual restaurant review, since this kaitenzushi wasn’t Final Fantasy themed, had no Rilakkumas whatsoever, and didn’t even have toilet-shaped dishes. Just your usual kaitenzushi chain. The place has a great location — right on the main Omotesando street, surrounded by big brands, perfect! They have a menu in English, their staff speaks some English (and will not hesitate to use it), it’s nice and clean and everything….BUT! If you are looking for budget sushi — find Kurazushi or Sushiro. Wider selection, even lower prices and a fun ordering system. I guess they’ll be the next in line to be reviewed by shichijyuuni.com!

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Thanks for reading and if you happen to have visited this place, let me know what you think of it! ♥ (and any restaurant recommendations would be appreciated!)

Madosh!Cafe – avocado restaurant in Omotesando

There are so many awesome places in Tokyo I’d like to show you, I really don’t know which one to choose first. This time I’m taking you to Omotesando, to a place where everything is so insanely delicious, you won’t be able to find the words to describe it. And if you love avocado, you might consider moving to Omotesando, near this place. Or moving in to the restaurant itself.

Madosh!Cafe Omotesando

Even though I rarely go back to the same restaurant twice, because I like finding new places and trying new things, every time I’m in Omotesando I end up eating some yummy avocado dish in Madosh!Cafe.

How to get there? Follow the avocados!

5-28-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo 153-0001
Phone: 03-3400-1188
opening times: 11:30-3:00 pm 5:00-10:30 pm

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If you see a Mr. Avocado & Avocado Sisters graffiti inside, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

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The atmosphere is rather unique, warm and quite cozy (in a different way than and people though). Quaintly mismatched chairs and tables, a Snoopy mascot next to cocky dwarfs. Somehow I really like the hodgepodge of decorations in this place.

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It might  seem that the decoration is made of the most random items the owner could ever find, but I guess there’s some concept behind all these mismatching furniture and accessories. Plastic chandelier with rabbits and squirrels, ketchup and mustard bottles with creepy faces, some mysterious football players dolls (are those sweets? toys? pens?) and Christmas tree lights…

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Dwarfs giving us the middle finger (and a fax machine?)…

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…a SPAM mascot, a LEGO dude figurine, a rather disturbing Bugs Bunny toy and lots of different photos, pictures, vinyl records etc. There used to be a cute pug there, sleeping in one of those empty avocado cardboard boxes, but I haven’t seen it recently.

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I have come to this restaurant on numerous occasions and I noticed that it’s not that busy around 2-3 pm, but last time I went there about 7 pm and my friend and I were really lucky to get two last empty seats. Well, considering the quality of their dishes, I’m not surprised it gets so packed.

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THE MENU

As far as I remember there is a free drink bar during lunchtime (but I wouldn’t bet my life on it, I might be thinking of some other place right now). It gets a bit more expensive during dinnertime – you have to order a drink and there’s also a seat charge to be paid (300 yen). But every cloud’s got a silver lining and thanks to that “dinnertime menu + drink” rule I have discovered a smoothie that is quite simply out of this world. They have some taco rice with avocado, deep fried avocado,  avocado shrimp, avocado curry, avocado rice bowl…

For more details about the menu, check out their website → www.mado.in

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Some of the avocado goodness…

smoked salmon + green onion + avocado rice bowl, nachos with avocado dip you get for free (← not really sure about it though, it might be what you pay that 300 yen fee for?),  minced raw fatty tuna + green onion +avocado rice bowl — rice bowls cost about 980 yen which is not bad at all.

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Here we have some taco rice with cute avocado balls for only about 1100 yen.

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….and THIS smoothie! Avocado and mango smoothie with some chocolate sauce on top. I’ve been trying to find the right words to describe its heavenly taste for a long time, because delicious doesn’t even scratch the surface. Imagine a fusion of a creamy avocado with the smooth sweetness of mango, the moment it touches your taste buds you’ll forget every single darn smoothie you’ve ever had before. It’s the creamiest, the puffiest smoothie I have ever tasted. If it had cheeks, you’d want to squeeze them. It’s a bit expensive though (800 yen), but there will not be a single word of complaint here. It’s definitely more than worth its price.

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The staff is really nice and they even posed with avocados for me. It kind of surprises me how nicely people react when I ask them if it’s okay to take a photo. Really, nobody minds. I always say that I have a blog and I’d like to recommend this place, and they’re like “That’s great, yeah, let’s take a pic!”. Japanese shop and restaurant customer service is second to none ♥

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This place has everything it takes to be considered a good restaurant — great food, interesting interior, and considering it’s on one of the most fashionable streets in Tokyo, prices are fairly reasonable, the staff is super nice, you might even meet a cute Mr. Pug there, you’ll definitely see Mr. Avocado and his Avocado Sisters, and I’m sure that once you go there, you’ll be back.

(I want that lamp. I’m serious.)

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If you’d like to try preparing some of that avocado goodness at home, check out their YouTube channel! Here’s a short video by Madosh!Cafe –  avocado horumon nabe!

Did you know…?

You may see many places selling a ホルモン鍋  (horumon nabe), and I guess that the first thing that will come to your mind will be “are they actually preparing some kind of a hormone soup or what? is it even edible?”. I was a bit confused about the word ホルモン (horumon), but my friend who’s been living in Japan for about 9 years, explained it to me and I thought I’d share!

ホルモン (horumon) is not hormone – it’s guts, entrails. It comes from the Japanese dialect version of the word 放る物 (ほるもの horumono) which means ‘toss away things’ because back in the day guts were tossed away and not eaten.  The more you know!

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Thanks for stopping by♥