City Gem: Motodane

Just 16 mins on foot away from Section L Ginza East is a lesser known affordable sushi restaurant. It sits in the middle of a narrow alley and is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it, the only marker being a white lantern bearing the kanji characters of its name. Tsukiji has plenty of sushi options, but if you want a place that feels extra local, try Motodane. There are two entrances.

Enter here for counter seating.
Enter here to feel like you’re in someone’s home.

Upon entering the “home” entrance, we were greeted by a smiley ojiisan (elderly man) who ushered us to a large table where a few others were already sitting and eating. It was probably the same table he and his family dine at in private. We felt quite literally at home there.

You can look into the kitchen where fresh sashimi is being prepared.

Feeling intimidated by the Japanese menu on the wall? Not to worry because there’s an English menu available. Cute illustrations included.

Pictured on the right is the sashimi teishokuTeishoku means set meal.
The sushi platter we came for. Really affordable at 1900yen.

You know how sometimes a single portion of food is too little, but a double portion is pushing it? Motodane gets it, so they offer a special 1.5 serving of sushi with a wide assortment of fresh ingredients. 

The highlights were definitely the 3 kinds of tuna (akami, chutoro, otoro).

It’s easy to eat sushi while remaining clueless about what fish you’re having. You may appreciate the element of surprise to the textures and flavors. If you want to know though, the ojiisan here will gladly tell you. He patiently told us when we asked. The whole time, he sat at the table with everyone, just chilling while remaining attentive to customers’ needs. Why not have a chat with him when you drop by? You’ll leave with a full heart and stomach.