Isana Sushi

When I was in Adelaide, I met an American woman from Sydney who worked for Google and managed the YouTube operations for Southeast Asia.  She often traveled to Tokyo on business, and she recommended that I try a sushi restaurant called Isana Sushi in the Roppongi neighborhood of Tokyo.  The restaurant is a 7-seat sushi bar with only one chef named Junich Onuki.  There is no menu, you simply get what the chef has selected at the Tokyo fish market that day.  Junich spent ten years working as a sushi chef in London, so he speaks excellent English.  Four years ago, he returned to Tokyo to pursue his dream of opening his own sushi bar.

I made a reservation by email for the Friday evening before I was returning home.  There was one couple there when I arrived and one when I left.  However, for the sushi portion of the meal, it was just me and the sushi master.  He was very engaging, telling me about his love of American country music, particularly Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams.  He collects old guitars, and he has even made a trip to Memphis to visit Graceland.  The atmosphere, the conversation and the meal were all memorable.  Below is a picture of each course.

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Junich Onuki

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Grilled Octopus, Snail and Baby Squid

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Sashimi – Flounder, Mackerel and Yellowtail

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Baby Tuna with Onion Salad

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Grilled Yellowtail

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Savory Custard with Crab

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Squid

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File Fish

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Smoked Baby Tuna

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Orange Clam

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Blue Fin Tuna

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Toro

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Uni

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Prawn

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Red Snapper

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Conger Eel

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Miso Soup with Baby Clams

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Tuna Roll

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