To me, travelling inevitably means one thing: good eats I can’t find at home. I almost always fall for hype so you might find me patiently waiting in the longest line with my camera and empty stomach. Or you might find me in that undiscovered little gem, tucked inside a questionable neighbourhood, a fork (or chopsticks!) in hand and smile on my face. Regardless of which city I’m in, you’ll always find me chasing deliciousness.
Sometimes it’s nice not to have to make decisions. If you go to Sushi Sho for lunch, all you need to do is sit down with a smile and you’ll be taken care of. There’s only one thing on the lunch menu: bara chirashi. Like regular chirashi, the bowl is essentially “scattered” fish on rice, but instead of uniform slices of fish, you get tiny bite sized pieces of seafood, vegetables, and fluffy omelette strips. Lunch is also served with tsukemono (pickles) and asari miso shiru (white miso clam soup). For 2000 yen, it’s a steal, especially considering the fact that Sushi Sho is one of Tokyo’s highly regarded sushi-ya.
Lunch service starts promptly at 11:30, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll show up an hour early expecting a line. There was no line to be found and I felt a little silly standing around in the streets so Mike and I took a little stroll up Shinjuku Dori and peeked inside a convenience store. Half an hour later, with multiple packs of Japanese treats loaded into my bag, I insisted that we head back, thinking that surely there would be a line started…of course there was no line. We continued our walk and then somewhat promptly at 11:35-ish we headed back.
There was a sign out front declaring “bara chirashi” so I slid open the door and stepped in. There are only two seatings at lunch and only ten seats in the whole restaurant, so if you want in on of the daily 20 bowls of chirashi, I recommend you go right at 11:30 or a bit earlier. We may have lucked out with the whole no line thing because I saw repeated numbers of hopefuls turned away at the door.
I’ve got to say though, it was worth the self-imposed one hour wait!