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Best Sushi Ever
Price: 3500 yen
I've never been a fan of fish, but when my fish-loving brother came into town, I knew we had to look for a good sushi place to go. We're right on the coast in Shiogama, and there are half a dozen up-scale sushi places near the station. As it turns out, according to a walking map and tourism website, my little seaside town "boasts the most sushi restaurants per square kilometer in Japan!" (read more here: http://kankoubussan.shiogama.miyagi.jp/english/markets/index.html)
By chance, we wound up at this one and it was one of the best decisions of that whole trip.
The food is amazing! I had a plate of maguro tuna (specialty of Shiogama) nigiri and my brother had the variety platter, all made fresh right in front of us by a jovial, conversational chef who really made the meal worthwhile.
This isn't your 100 yen per plate sushi-train, and the prices reflect this, but so does the quality. I had never before enjoyed a piece of fish the way I did these sushi nigiri. It was amazing!
My brother had sampled sushi in Tokyo as well during his trip and said that this place won the taste test hands down. You would be hard pressed to find fresher, more delicious sushi with better customer service in all of Japan.
According ro Japan-blogger Alice Gordenker, Shiogama is the sushi capital of the world and her meal at Sushi Shirahata was also exemplary. Her review: https://alicegordenker.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/sushi-capital-of-the-world/
I return to this shop any time a fish-lover is visiting. If I had the money, I'd eat there regularly, despite my dislike of fish.
A three minute walk from HonShiogama station on the Senseki line, it's hard to find a more convenient way to get some of the most delicious sushi in the world.