237 High St Prahran, VIC 3181
For all you sashimi lovers out there, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret – there’s a little grocery-slash-restaurant in Prahran that serves high quality sashimi at a very reasonable price. Named for the famous fish market in Tokyo, this family-run Japanese joint has been my go-to whenever I crave a little bit of raw seafood.
The concept is simple – choose the packaged cuts of fish, scallop, octopus (or anything else) from the fridge, pay for it at the counter, and they will slice it up and serve it to you, all beautifully arranged on a dish. There’s also a menu of classic Japanese dishes to choose from if you so wish.
The consistency and quality of the knifework is very impressive, and I love that each plate of sashimi looks a little different. The seafood is always incredibly fresh, like it’d just been caught, and the price is on the low end for such great produce. When I visit with K, we usually spend around $40-50 between us. My favourite is definitely the salmon, which is absolutely delicious, as well as the ocean trout. I also have a soft spot for the scallops, which are tender and surprisingly sweet, although there is often quite a lot in each package so I’d recommend sharing with at least another person.
Unfortunately, the service can be slow at times, largely owing to the fact that it is staffed only by the couple who own the restaurant. The dishes on the non-sashimi menu are also nothing special, so unless you happen to crave takoyaki that day, I’d pass on them.
Overall, Tsukiji is a lovely little spot if you’re looking to have a light, healthy meal of fresh sashimi without the hefty price tag. Even those with an aversion to raw seafood, perhaps this place will change your mind!