[Text by Yuri Tomiyama]
[pukka_dropcap style=”” txt_color=”White” bg_color=”Black” size=””]O[/pukka_dropcap]makase in Japanese means “I’ll let you handle it”, and let’s just say that sushi chef Taga-san handled the f*ck out of his business at Sushi Tokami. Being the token Japanese dude at BOOM gave me the privilege of being invited, (I convinced them I knew good sushi and that my review would be professional) and it was hands down the best sushi experience I’ve ever had. This comes as no surprise – unlike many traditional sushi joints in Japan with years of history, Tokami came into the Tokyo scene in 2013 and immediately grabbed a Michelin star in 2014 – but you can read all about that on Google.
The bright lights to accentuate the sushi chefs’ meticulous mastery behind the counter combined with the beautiful 300-year old Japanese Cypress wood made me feel like Japanese Jesus walking in. I was escorted into one of two dining rooms, where I was greeted by Mr. Satoshi Taga, a sushi samurai specializing in the old-school Edo-mae tradition. Taga-san has a resume stacked with some of the most prestigious places in sushi which was evident in his professionalism – every slice was precise, every move was calculated – his work was an artform at the highest level.
Taga-san quickly presented me with the Tuna Tossaki Roll which I noticed the rice was a different colour; Taga-san explained that he only uses red vinegar with one of the best Niigata-produced rice to balance out the taste and give it depth. I then noticed I wanted a second one ASAP. The tuna was divine because Tokami was founded by one of the renowned tuna suppliers of legendary Tsukiji market, Yukitaka Yamaguchi. The lean cut of tuna melted away with no tendons interfering thanks to the perfect slicing courtesy of Taga-san.
The feast continued with nigiris ranging from Amberjack, Mackerel to Eel until I was hit with the trio of red tuna, fatty tuna, and supreme fatty tuna. It was simply a stairway to sushi heaven; the flavour was balanced, the vibrance of the fish screamed #sushiporn. As if Taga-san didn’t already outdo himself twelve times throughout the meal, he presented me with a bowl of uni-ikura don (sea urchin and salmon roe rice) which was so good it should’ve been illegal. The meal came to an end with tuna collagen soup, slowly simmered and nicely settling the stomach after my intense food high.
The verdict from a Japanese guy? It truly felt like a meal at one of the high-end sushi spots in Tsukiji market. Special shoutout to Taga-san at Tokami for being so hospitable and for the authentic sushi experience!
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