Authenticity and tradition are paramount in this extraordinary little sushiya, which is sure to leave guests stunned from the start. Outside, there is nothing more than a modest beige-tiled façade with an enigmatic “Q” hanging above the door. Inside, vintage masks, pottery and lithographs bring a certain soul and spirit to the space.
A comfortable banquette may be inviting for groups, but the best perches in the house are found at the counter. From the moment you walk in to the rapid succession of courses that follow, everything in this dining room seems steeped in a sense of calm. Meals typically begin with Chef Hiroyuki Naruke, who gracefully prepares every item and thoughtfully serves each diner virtually with his own hands. Edomae sushi arrives as an omakase of sublime fish, while other courses may commence with downright flawless sashimi and judiciously seasoned nigiri. Case in point—amberjack sashimi with onions and soy, where each morsel is sliced, seasoned and set before your eye. This may be tailed by such delicious nigiri as Hokkaido scallops, kohada and fatty tuna.
The complete and immense pleasure of dining here extends right to the simple, spongy and fluffy block of tamago.