Translated by Chiara Mischke
Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven - All-You-Can-Drink Sake And Delicious Edo-Style Sushi
Written by Shinji Takaramura
Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven is an elegant sushi restaurant located in Tokyo's Ginza district. In addition to delicious fresh sushi made with the highest quality fish, it offers sake varieties from all around Japan.
Enjoy Sushi in Ginza, Tokyo's High-End Shopping District
Ginza is one of the most popular districts in Tokyo. A great place to enjoy extensive shopping in the daytime or a bustling nightlife, Ginza is also an excellent destination for fine dining.
In this article, we introduce Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven, a recently opened restaurant that offers Edo-style sushi made with the finest seafood and high-quality all-you-can-drink Japanese sake.
What is Edo-Style Sushi?
Edo-style sushi is a type of sushi that was developed in old Tokyo, known as Edo at this time, in the 1820s. As the city became busier, so did the people living and working there, so the demand for fast food grew.
Fish has always played an important role in Japanese cuisine but keeping it fresh without a refrigeration system was rather challenging. Combining it with vinegared rice and soy sauce helped to keep it fresh for a longer period of time and it could be sold at the market all day long. This led to the birth of the dish we know as "sushi".
Traditionally, a dark colored vinegar was used for the sushi rice and not the white one we use nowadays. Ginza Seven uses a recreation of the traditional type of vinegar for their sushi. This makes the appearance and taste of the sushi slightly different compared to other types you might try in Japan.
The rice tastes richer and slightly sweeter and has a brown color to it. It also seems not as sticky as regular sushi rice.
Two Courses to Choose from - Sushi or Shabu-Shabu
At Ginza Seven you can choose between two courses, sushi or shabu-shabu. Both come with all-you-can-drink sake which compliments traditional Japanese food perfectly.
Shabu-shabu is a traditional Japanese dish in which sliced meat or fish is served together with fresh vegetables after being slightly cooked in boiling soup. You get to boil each slice right before you eat it.
Ginza Seven's shabu-shabu is served in a turtle shell. This makes for a special taste experience.
On the other hand, their sushi course comes with many small dishes and a main dish of fresh sushi. The sushi is omakase, or "left at the chef's recommendation". Omakase is a great way to experience flavors you haven't tried before. Of course, you can tell the chef if there something that you do not want to eat or if you have any allergies.
Sushi Made with the Freshest Fish
Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven offers some of the freshest fish you can get in Tokyo. They take the greatest care that their fish does not come from mass fishing.
If the fish is caught using big nets, it tends to get squished, which causes damage that might not be immediately visible. This damage will cause the fish to have reduced quality and expire quickly.
Ginza Seven carefully selects only fish caught by angling, which is preserved to be kept in the best quality possible. You can rest assured that their sushi is made with the freshest and tastiest fish.
The Sushi Course - Unique Arrangements and Exquisite Flavors
The sushi course at Ginza Seven provides you with a true flavor experience. Traditionally, sushi and sashimi dishes are kept very simple, but Ginza Seven created original, very refined dishes to go along with the sushi. For example, there are unique dishes such as a small fried fish sandwich or delicate fish covered in a mild cream sauce.
Ginza Seven also serves dishes with fugu, or Japanese blowfish. You might have heard of this fish as being dangerous to eat unless it's prepared by a professional.
However, there are nontoxic farm-raised fugu and facilities that clean and process the fish to distribute it to restaurants risk-free. It has a very unique flavor that is definitely worth trying! If you prefer having the blowfish excluded, please make sure to tell the chef.
If you sit at the counter, the main course of sushi will be prepared fresh and served to you one by one. The chef is fluent in English and easy to chat with so feel free to ask him anything you'd like to know about the dishes.
There is no need to dip your sushi in extra soy sauce as it has been brushed with just the right amount by the chef. You are also encouraged to eat the sushi with your hand, not with chopsticks, just like it's done traditionally. A wet towel is provided so that you clean your fingers in between each bite.
If you come in a group and sit at the table, your sushi will be served on a large wooden plate with everybody's portions carefully arranged on it. The chef will explain every single sushi type so that you know what you are eating and where was the fish provided from.
The sushi melts in your mouth and combines perfectly with the mild flavor of vinegar and soy sauce.
All-You-Can-Drink High-Quality Japanese Sake
One of the best features of Ginza Seven is that you can freely drink as much sake as you would like with any of their two courses.
They offer some of the best sake from all over Japan, which is offered to the customers in small bottles they decant the sake in freshly every night. You can either choose the sake from the menu or ask the friendly staff for recommendations.
Some of the beverages can even be served as sparkling sake. Sparkling sake is a newer invention that was created with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind to be served as champagne with a Japanese flavor.
The sake is being carbonated at the table with a special device that infuses food-grade carbon dioxide into the sake.
One of the recommended Japanese sake labels is called "Seafood". We drank it as sparkling sake and it was delightful!
Sparkling sake is incredibly easy to drink. Usually, slightly sweeter sake with a lower alcohol percentage are ideal for making into sparkling sake.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Ginza Seven!
If you wish to try high-quality sushi and sake in Tokyo, Ginza Seven is the perfect place to go. The English-speaking chef will be happy to welcome you with great sushi.
The all-you-can-drink sake menu offers something for every taste, from beverages that are dry and strong to ones that are light and fruity. Even if you didn't like sake before, you might just become a sake lover thanks to Ginza Seven.
Why not try the traditional flavors of Japan with sake and fresh sushi at Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven?
In cooperation with Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven