For generations it has been famous among Japanese sushi lovers for being the best place in Tsukiji Market to eat delicious sushi from the early morning.
From the 2010s, it also caught the attention of foreign tourists who found out about the restaurant from guidebooks or reviews on social media. On a visit to Tsukiji Market, going to Sushi Dai was definitely a part of any tourist’s ultimate Tsukiji Market experience. It’s popularity grew further after receiving a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award in 2015, and at its peak, people were lining up for 3 to 4 hours in the early morning to visit the tiny 12-seat restaurant.
This legendary Tsukiji sushi restaurant moved to Toyosu Market in 2018 after the closure of Tsukiji Market. Since Toyosu Market is a little harder to access than Tsukiji was, the number of tourists has decreased slightly. However, it’s still popular to eat breakfast at Sushi Dai after watching the tuna auction just like it was back in Tsukiji.
Before the COVID-19 crisis hit, it was always inundated with tourists.