As all connoisseurs know, the best kind of sushi is the type that doesn’t come round on a conveyor belt. Having it made in front of you by a master sushi chef doesn’t come cheap though – the price can often be as eye watering as the wasabi. Sushi-zanmai, however, is a nationwide chain of 46 sushi restaurants that aims to make first-rate sushi more affordable. It has become particularly famous for offering top-quality bluefin tuna at a very reasonable price. The words “restaurant chain” usually suggest a group of restaurants that are all exactly the same, but Sushi-zanmai is different. The staff of each restaurant visit a local fish market every morning to personally select the best fish. Their Tenjin location is just minutes from Nagahama fish market, giving them access to the freshest locally caught fish. “The markets in Fukuoka are cheaper than those in Tokyo,” says manager Mr. Yoneyama, explaining how they are able to offer all of their sushi for 20-50% off the regular price. Salmon starts at just ¥50 per piece and lean tuna is only ¥67. They do great-value ¥500 lunch specials too! As well as the Tenjin restaurant, there are also Sushi-zanmais in Nakasu and Chihaya, all with menus in English, Chinese and Korean.
Fatty tuna ¥207/piece
Medium fatty tuna ¥155/piece
Partially grilled fatty tuna ¥207/piece
Lean tuna ¥67/piece
Salmon ¥50/piece, etc.
Sashimi lunch ¥500
Boiled fish lunch ¥500
Deep-fried lunch ¥500, etc.
Address:1F 2-3-10 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Open: 24 hours, Lunch 11:00 ~ 15:00 (weekdays only)