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Four recommended Sushi restaurants in “Sendai, a Sushi paradise”

2020/01/30

Sendai City is located on the vast Sendai Plain, famous as a rice growing area since the age of the Date clan. In Japan, 13 fishing ports are particularly recognized by the government for their importance. In fact, three of these ports, Kesennuma, Ishinomaki and Shiogama, are located in Miyagi Prefecture. Sendai, overlooking the sea of Sanriku and west of the Ou Mountain Range, is blessed with seafood and agricultural produce. A Sushi food culture, taking advantage of the environment where it is possible to secure high-quality ingredients, has developed. Sendai is called a "Sushi paradise" by Sushi chefs who own restaurants in Miyagi Prefecture, with its fresh seafood and rice perfect for "Shari" – Sushi rice. The city offers a variety of Sushi restaurants from the casual to the luxurious. The appeal of Sendai is that you can easily enjoy seasonal exquisite Sushi at reasonable prices compared to the Tokyo metropolitan area.

"Sushi Senichi" boasts delicious Sushi with the best toppings and Sushi rice.

The owner and head chef, a huge fan of the late Senichi Hoshino (former head coach of "Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles" baseball team in Sendai) named his restaurant after the baseball star, also with the desire to be the number one("Ichi" of "Senichi" means 1 in Japanese) Sushi restaurant in Sendai. It is a popular restaurant with customers constantly visiting from around Japan and overseas. The chef is particular about tuna and visits the Sendai City Central Wholesale Market every day to purchase Sushi topping caught off the Sanriku coast to provide the seasonal best. The chef is also particular about the rice for the Sushi and uses Sasanishiki rice grown exclusively by contract farmers in Tome, Miyagi Prefecture. The crumbling texture and light taste of the Shari, Sushi rice, is perfect. Even though trained in his hometown of Fukushima Prefecture chef says, "Sendai Sushi, both the seafood and rice, is the best in Japan. Sushi of this quality and price is only available in Sendai".

The chef perfectly balances the size of the Sushi topping with the Sushi rice beneath. The chef values the texture of Sushi rice crumbling in your mouth, going perfectly with the topping.
The owner and Sushi chef says that customers should eat whatever they like in the order they like, without thinking about the rules. Senichi Hoshino's autographed signed bat and photos are displayed in the restaurant, and it is also fun to talk baseball with the owner.
The owner’s son, also a skilled Sushi chef, can answer your questions in English.
The restaurant accommodates 40 people. There are small rooms that are easy to use for families and banquets in addition to 10 seats at the counter. There are also quiet, private rooms on the second floor.

Sushi Katsu, a popular Sushi restaurant where students can drop by and enjoy.

The restaurant "Sushi Katsu" fills up quickly during the lunch period as the Sushi set is priced at a very reasonable 800 yen (incl. tax). Since its establishment in 1953, the restaurant offers a wide variety of meals and sake, mainly Sushi, in an informal style, and has been loved by people working nearby for a long time. The chef, and son of the first owner, smiles and says that a selling point of his restaurant is that even students can drop in for a meal. He has been carefully carrying on the traditions in the restaurant started by his parents. Although the prices are reasonable, no compromise is made on the Sushi served. Every day, fresh fish is purchased from a reliable fish shop in the nearby Sendai Asaichi Morning Market. Using a rice blend of Sasanishiki and Koshihikari, the Sushi rice has a soft and gentle texture. The other specialties of an Oden (various ingredients stewed in a soy sauce broth) set meal of 680 yen (incl. tax) and Tonkatsu (pork cutlet) set meal of 680 yen (incl. tax) are popular with regular customers. It is a friendly Sushi restaurant with so much to offer you can come back again and again.

The extensive menu is reasonably priced. The nigirizushi specialty is a pleasantly surprising 3,300 yen (incl. tax). Oden, as popular as the Sushi, is available from 110 yen (incl. tax) each and there are about 20 types to choose from.
Beautiful handling of the Sushi by chef. "Guests often ask which to eat first, but I think it's best if you chose yourself and enjoy the meal the way you want to".
Since its founding the restaurant has been serving an extensive menu of meals and oden. Each meal is prepared carefully. The restaurant accommodates 42 people including the counter and offers a homely atmosphere.

Sushi and Seasonal Cuisine Tachibana, founded in 1928, serving fresh and traditional cuisine.

The restaurant was first founded in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo. "Sushi and Seasonal CuisineTachibana" has a long history of serving Edo-mae Sushi and Kaiseki banquet cuisine in Sendai since 1946. The well-known restaurant has been serving Sushi, modernized with the times, for over 90 years since its establishment. Mr. Aizawa, the third-generation chef, also trained in Sushi making in the United States. He has been able to create a sophisticated dining style while preserving traditional tastes. The restaurant is also trying to generate a new Sendai Sushi culture such as the famous "Sendai Zukedon", boasting world-famous Miyagi seafood on a bowl of rice with a original sauce, and the "Roast Sendai Beef Nigiri", a thin slice of the finest roasted Sendai Beef on rice. The restaurant offers a menu in English and Mr. Aizawa also speaks English. The restaurant conveys the appeal of Sushi to a wide range of people, regardless of nationality or age.

The "Sendai Zuke-don", created with the intention of making a new specialty Sendai cuisine, is 1,870 yen (incl. tax). This one bowl allows you to taste a variety of seafood caught in the seas near Miyagi Prefecture. The 660 yen (incl. tax) "Roasted Sendai Beef Nigiri" set is also recommended.
The rice is a blend of Sasanishiki with its light texture, and slightly sweet Koshihikari. The perfect balance of stickiness and delicious Sushi rice enhances the flavor of the Sushi topping.
The restaurant accommodates 64 people in a variety of seats, from spacious counter seats to private rooms overlooking the VLANDOME Ichibancho shopping street. Lunch is available from 1,200 yen, and evening meals from 5,000 yen.

"Fukizushi" has provided an unchanging taste for three generations since establishment 70 years ago.

"Fukizushi" has been serving Sushi using local Miyagi grown rice and seasonal delicacies from Sanriku coast since its establishment in 1948. The first owner and chef trained in Edo-mae Sushi and opened a small stall in Yokocho, located at the east exit of Sendai Station after the war. The third-generation owner who has 20 years of Sushi experience, inherited the skills of his parents and grandparents and established the present restaurant. It is a long-established restaurant that has many customers coming again and again from all around Japan and overseas when they visit Sendai. The owner and chef takes pride in the traditional skill of Sushi chefs, and pays particular attention to textures and carefully selecting and preparing ingredients from the egg rolls to dried gourd. The chef says he wants to make the best Sushi always for his customers and can also flexibly respond in foreign languages using pamphlets and other resources.

The "Tsuki" (moon) set of 7 pieces of Sushi and a roll of "Kanpyo" is 2,200 yen (incl. tax). The Kanpyo (strips of dried gourd) are carefully boiled until soft and plump. It is beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. The lunch menu starts from 880 yen.
The attractive restaurant has a traditional ambiance and "Baran", green aspidistra leaves to place the Sushi, are spread on the counter. There is also a selection of local Miyagi sake, such as Ichinokura and Katsuyama, that compliments the Sushi well.
There are also a wide variety of appetizers to go with sake (rice wine), such as grilled dishes and small dishes created from local ingredients. The restaurant seats 28 guests, including the counter, and provides a warm, hospitable atmosphere.

The four well-known Sushi restaurants introduced here use fresh ingredients caught off the Sanriku coast. The restaurants, with varying histories and commitments reflected in each restaurant, offer a variety of flavors and ways of enjoying Sushi. Please enjoy chatting with the friendly chefs and find out why Sendai is called "Sushi Paradise".

*Prices shown are applicable as of 30th January, 2020.

Sushi Senichi
3-9-12 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-263-1180
Open/ 11:30~14:00(Last order 13:30), 17:00~22:00(Last order 21:30), Sundays 11:30~14:00(Last Order 13:30), 17:00~21:00(Last order 20:30)
Closed/ Mondays
Parking/ None
Access/ A 5 minute walk from Sendai JR Station
https://Sushi-senichi.com/
*External link
*Only available in Japanese

 

Sushi Katsu
4-2-30 Chuo, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-222-7225
Open/ 11:30~14:00, 17:00~22:00(Last order 21:30)
Closed/ Sundays and Public Holidays
Parking/ None
Access/ A 5 minute walk from Sendai JR Station

 

SUSHI-DINING TACHIBANA
5F Tachibana Bldg., 3-3-25 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-223-3706
Open/ 11:30~14:00, 17:00~22:00(Last order 21:00), Sat., Sun., and Public Holidays: 11:30~14:00, 17:00~20:30(Last order 20:00)
Closed/ Irregular
Parking/ None
Access/ A 2-minute walk from Aoba-dori Ichibancho Station on the Tozai Subway Line
https://www.tachibana-sushi.com/english
*External link

 

Fukizushi
4-4-6 Ichibancho, Aoba-ku, Sendai
TEL/ 022-222-6157
Open/ 11:30~14:00, 17:00~23:00(Last order 22:30)
Closed/ Sundays, Public Holidays
Parking/ None
Access/ A 5-minute walk from Kotodai-koen Station on the Namboku Subway Line
https://fukizushi-sendai-torayoko.gorp.jp/
*External link
*Only available in Japanese