You’d think the Solamachi shopping centre, located directly below the Skytree, would be a hotbed for overpriced tourist trap food. Think again. With seafood (and pudding!) delivered straight from the restaurant’s Hokkaido headquarters, it’s immediately clear why people are willing to stand in mind-numbingly long lines for a spot at this delightfully affordable kaitenzushi joint (we waited about an hour for two seats). Toriton is a seafood lover’s paradise, with menu items including blissfully buttery kanimiso (¥314), gleaming ikura nigiri wrapped in salmon (¥368), and a Hokkaido shrimp nigiri that is a wonderfully concentrated shock of icy sea breeze freshness (¥260).
The service is also impeccable; even during peak hours, chefs greet each set of customers as staff pull out chairs with briskly cheerful attentiveness. Plates range from ¥130 to ¥630 and unlike other sushi-go-round spots where it’s advisable to order directly from the chef, don’t hesitate to pluck plates straight from the conveyor belt. If you do want to order instead, you’ll need to write down which dishes you’d like and how many plates on a small order slip. Still, don’t fret if you can’t read Japanese – Toriton has menus in English, Chinese and Korean.
Yes, there are cheaper kaitenzushi places out there, but Toriton’s generous portions combined with the freshness of the fish make it an unforgettable stop that’ll leave you dreaming of your meal long after you’ve left.
Tokyo Solamachi 6F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku
|Opening hours:||11am-11pm (last orders 10pm) daily|
|Transport:||Tokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Skytree line); Oshiage Station (Asakusa, Hanzomon, Keisei Oshiage lines)|