No.40

Sushi Saito

Tokyo, Japan

On the pass:

Takashi Saito

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Japanese

Standout dish:

O-toro nigiri

Contact:

1st Floor, Ark Hills South Tower, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

+81 3 3589 4412

Tokyo sushi maestro goes from strength to strength

Sushi Saito left its unlikely home in a car park last year for more conventional premises at the Ark Hills development in Tokyo's Roppongi district. Located on the first floor of the South Tower, the minimalist dining room seats eight people perched at the wooden counter, where chef Takashi Saito and his team quietly work their magic.

The tiny space and the restaurant's lofty reputation (Joël Robuchon has described it as the “best sushi restaurant in the world”) means securing seats is something of a challenge. Those lucky enough to bag a spot have the pleasure of tasting a flight of sushi dishes that perfectly balance texture and flavour, from aji (mackerel) with grated ginger and negi (onion) to sea urchin and clam.

Saito's signature style uses slightly smaller cuts of fish and a touch more salt in the rice, while wasabi, soy or lemon is applied to the fish before being served.

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