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新橋 清水 Shinbashi Shimizu
Add: 2-15-10 Shinbashi, Minato Ku / 港区新橋 2-15-10
Hours: 12pm~, 5:30~9:30 (L.O.)
Price: [lunch] 8,800+ yen [dinner] 15,000+ yen
Visited: Oct 2016
Among the myriad of high-end sushi restaurants in Tokyo, what foreigners are most familiar with are probably Sushi Jiro and Sushi Saito. Sushi Shimizu, on the other hand, is also highly ranked by the local Japanese (#34 on Tabelog’s top 50 sushi restaurants in Tokyo, just 6 spots after Sushi Jiro), but one can hardly find any non-Japanese information or reviews online. Why?
在東京衆多高級壽司店裡，一般外國人比較熟悉的不外乎是壽司之神すきやばし次郎（Sukiyabashi Jiro）和鮨さいとう（Sushi Saito）。而我這次去的新橋清水，雖然在當地人的圈子內是一座難求的名店，不過在網上卻很難找到非日語的信息和評論。爲什麽？
Let’s take a look first. The tiny sushi bar is located in a small alley not far from Ginza. It’s a space that fits only 8 customers, and inside the sushi bar is chef owner Kunihiro Shimizu. There are no fancy decors, just a simple bar, and behind it hung wooden boards listing today’s freshest ingredients.
Shimizu-san entered the trade when he was 18, and after 11 years of working at Shimbashi Tsuruhachi, he started out on his own in 1999. In fact, he was awarded one Michelin star in 2012, but as someone who doesn’t want his restaurant to be on any food guides, he complained to Michelin and had his star taken away the next year. Instead of running a sushi bar that’s world-famous and becomes impossible to book, he’d rather have it stay as a casual place where his regulars can come as they wish.
清水先生十八歲入行，于名店 “新橋鶴八” 工作11年後，1999年自立門戶。清水其實曾經在2012年被米其林評爲一星餐廳，不過他並不希望出現于任何餐廳指南上，所以氣憤的向米其林投訴，隔年隨即被撤銷了星星。長年來低調經營的清水先生，希望自己的餐廳不要成爲高高在上，需要好幾個月前就要訂位的拘謹名店，而是他的熟客可以隨意進來享用美味壽司的輕松地方。
Maison Asano 淺野府
Add: 318-2 Julu Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu / 巨鹿路318-2, 近茂名南路
Tel: 6216 2019 / 18019363910
Hours: [Tue-Sun] 5:30-10:30pm (closed on Mon)
Price: 888~1980 RMB/set
Visited: Mar 2016
Please note that this was an invited tasting.
It’s been over a year since I last visited to Maison Asano, and during the past few months, this high-end Japanese restaurant has gone through some significant changes. The original open space has been sectioned off into various private rooms, and even the bar feels more intimate now. The chef in charge has also changed from Liam to Simon, a young Taiwanese chef in his early thirties, but we will talk about him a bit later.
記得 2010 年 Sushi Oyama 開幕時，曾是上海唯一一家高級壽司店，讓我非常著迷。在離開上海的幾年，陸續聽說多了不少類似級別的壽司店，而其中一家開幕時備受矚目的是巨鹿路上的淺野府。後來通過朋友介紹認識了老板Judy，上周受她邀請去用了晚餐，除了好奇這家餐廳的現況，也想了解下這位臉蛋精致的像洋娃娃的台灣日本混血女孩，怎麽會想要跑來上海開一家日本料理。
What’s left unchanged is the price – Maison Asano still offers set of 888 and 1380 RMB, but they can also go up to 1980RMB for those who really want to splurge – but they do request an one-week advance notice to prepare this special menu. For me, dinner commenced with a bowl of Japanese yellowtail soup – a perfect start for this chilly Spring evening.
淺野府自 2013 年開幕後有了不少變化。本來開放的空間改成了包房的設計，吧台的位子多了不少私密感，料理長也在最近換了人 － 這點，稍後再細說。淺野府有888元和1380元的套餐，也可以根據客人的要求做1680和1980的極致套餐（需一周前預訂）。我當天的晚膳，由一碗熱騰騰的鰤魚蒜味前湯開始。
Appetizers: sesame spinach, red conch, tuna withmountain yam, and tomato poached in red wine.
Japanese sea bream with orange vinegar.