Currently Tokyo’s sushi scene is heated up too much. As a result, we are disappointed with increasing budget of ¥30,000 per person, 6 months waiting list, and difficult and arrogant owners. If you don’t need Michelin star restaurants, Abe(粋な寿し処 阿部) is one of a reasonable solution.
It’s positioning is strategically correct. Not as expensive as Michelin star sushi restaurants, but not as shabby as a touristy sushi chain such as Sushi Zanmai, which is one of a commercial sushi restaurant chain(see the above matrix). Abe is positioned in the budget type/casual sushi restaurants category.
It’s original shop is very old and really like a local sushi restaurant. Instead I recommend its annex shop nearby its original one in Hiroo. The annex is very clean and the same quality with the same budget.
Last Friday, I visited the restaurant with my friend. I called the restaurant at 20 pm and asked for 2 sheets. If it were a sushi restaurant in Ginza, my call the reservation would have been declined right away. However this restaurant accepted such a prompt call in the last minutes. Actually this restaurant opens until early morning, while the authentic sushi restaurants in Ginza closed at 23:00 or 24:00.
We asked for “omakase” course, which means chef’s selection. It satisfied us completely.
The average budget for this restaurant is ¥8,000-12,000. This time the bill for us was ¥23,000 for two people. If it were a sushi restaurant in Ginza with a Michelin star, it would have been more than ¥23,000 per person. This sushi restaurant is really reasonable.
Abe Hiroo-Annex (粋な寿し処 阿部 広尾別館)
4-2-38, Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan