Endo Sushi Central Fish Market Osaka
For Sushi lovers all around the world, most probably listed Endo Sushi in Osaka to their Must-Go-Restaurant checklist. Same goes to us! Visiting Japan is like a Sushi Heaven to me and my partner. Sushi originally came from Japan, of course you’ll find many restaurant serving sushi. But don’t limit yourself to only eating suhsi, try also their beef. That’s why you need to check out their Top 3 Wagyu Beef available.
Endo Sushi is located at the Central Fish Market, and currently Ranked #7 of 7,708 restaurants in Osaka according to Tripadvisor as we speak. There are few ways to get here eg. subway, bus or taxi. Our hotel concierge get us a cab at 5am in the morning, so that we can go early and have breakfast there.
I was thinking Endo Sushi will be looking like a fine dining restaurant, totally wrong! I was surprised they only have this small area like a studio apartment. Currently, Endo is being run by the 4th generation and has been there for more than a century (1 century = 100 years).
The restaurant is so simple, nothing fancy but they have food they can brag so much about. Their wall full with appreciation notes given from the customers. From local celebrities, politician, and tourists. Proud of them. Here are the English Menu. The Maze menu consist of 4 types of 1-plate/5 pieces sushi. And yes we ordered all four of them. They are not expensive only costs ¥1130 (=RM35, Euro 8 & USD 11) per plate. The drinks of course charged separately.
There are food bloggers call this Omakase style of ordering, it means “I’ll leave it to you” or easy phrase is Chef’s choice. I don’t think this is Omakase, as you can already see what’s on the menu. Restaurant which served Omakase normally priced at USD 200-300 per person, and you don’t know what is coming. But Endo sushi price is so cheap. I truly wonder why some call this Omakase. We sat at the sushi counter which is cool, we love looking at the chefs preparing our meal.
What’s on the table? Japanese Soya Sauce (Shoyu), pickled ginger (Gari) and toothpicks hehehe. You won’t be seeing any wasabi (grated horseradish), that’s because the Chef had put a little in each of your sushi. If you don’t want wasabi, just pre-inform the Chef/staff. I prefer with wasabi, wasabi can help kill the bacteria in your raw fish/seafood. Here some info for you about Wasabi
Antimicrobial Effects ; Wasabi may have developed as a way of flavoring sushi and other raw fish products because of its natural affects as an antimicrobial agent. Antimicrobial agents are responsible for eliminating bacteria. Because wasabi can eliminate bacteria through touch, it is oftentimes paired with raw fish. Raw fish is likely to have certain bacteria in it because it is not cooked before eating. (Credit 3FatChicks)
we came quite early it was around 6.30m in the morning, with the clear blue sky, we’re happy to be one of the 1st customer. Best part, we get to seat in the middle of the sushi counter “wink”
1st plate (Maze 1 on top): L-R – Anago (Sea Water eel), Uni (Sea Urchin), Tai (Sea Bream), Toro (Fatty Tuna), & Hamachi (Yellow Tail)
2nd plate (Maze 2) L-R: It supposed to Matsutake Mushroom but it is not (I am not sure what fish is that), Akagai (Ark Shell), Hotate (Scallop), Toro (Fatty Tuna Again), & Hamo (Sharp Tooth Eel)
I ate Toro first, then Uni. To be honest, smell of Uni this time was much stronger than the usual I had in Malaysia. Oh ya, let me bore you with a story. I had a bad experience with Uni (Sea urchin), I remember when I was really small maybe 10 y/o, I swam into the sea and being me who likes to be the smart-ass from the others, swam further than I should be. Suddenly something poked my left foot, I got scared and quickly swam to my uncle and said ‘something poked me, something poke me’, after they look at it, they saw many sea Urchin’s thorns. From there onwards, I dare not to swim further to the sea. That time, I didn’t know that we can actually eat them, when I move to Kuala Lumpur and introduced to Japanese food, Sea urchin became my 1st enemy and I enjoy eating them since then. Scallop and Ark Shell Sashimi, are something new to me. We don’t order this in the restaurant but since Endo Sushi put this on the menu, we have to try it.
Another item we ordered was the clam miso (soybean paste) soup. One of the popular item in Endo. I have never tasted such a good Miso Soup before, this is rather unique. It tasted strong and heavy, I mean it is thicker & special compare to the others you get in most restaurant. The amount serving of clams was very generous and totally love the taste!
3rd plate (Maze 3) L-R: Tako (Octopus), Tekka (Tuna Roll), Awabi (Abalone), Ebi (Shrimp), & Tamago (sweet Omelette)
4th plate (Maze 4) L-R: Sake (salmon), Toro (Fatty Tuna Again 3rd x), Sayori (halfbeak), Ikura (Salmon Roe) & Ika (Calamari)
Maze 3 & 4 are easy to eat compare the first two. The salmon roe one of the best! I was a BIT disappointed with Ebi, i was hoping it will be the sweet shrimp but it came out cooked one (it looks like Tiger Prawn to me). Salmon and the rest tasted excellent!
I ate some of them without the sushi rice, cos feeling full. But overall experience was fantastic. Thank you Endo Sushi for this unforgettable experience.
Caroline Fong’s Rating:
Overall experience: 8.33/10
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