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Fish-It-Yourself Restaurant in Tokyo

Fish-It-Yourself Restaurant in Tokyo

on Jan. 4, 2016 by

Zauo Self-fishing restaurant is one of the most unique experiences in Tokyo. At Zauo you are encouraged to catch your own meal and select a preferred cooking method ranging from sashimi, grilled or fried.

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  • Where: Zauo Shinjuku in Tokyo [Map]
  • Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
  • Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Price: cheapest fish starts at ¥2,499 Yen ($22 USD)
  • Phone: +81 (0) 3-3343-6622 (English is spoken)
     
  • Why: Most entertaining dining experience in Tokyo
  • Notes: Catch your own fish to obtain discounts, reserve ahead in order to get seats on the giant boat.
  • Related: Eating Raw Chicken at Yakitori Akira

Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japanfried Tai (red snapper) at Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanZauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanZauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

This gorgeous restaurant features an entire boat in the middle of a fishing pool located on the ground floor of the Washington Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Mackerel sashimi Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japantasty salad with paste at Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japanflonder sashimi at Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japanfried flonder at Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

It was a unique experience especially after meeting up with my good friend Ronnie who was my first friend in Tokyo when I visited for my first time back in 2007, we met again in Sweden in 2010 and now 5 years later once more in Japan.

Tai sashimi at Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, JapanTai sashimi at Zauo self-fishing restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo - Japan

Ronnie had fished here before thus taught me all the ropes of the trade, we caught a Japanese Horse Mackerel, a Japanese Halibut (Flounder) and a Sea Bream (Tai).

The fish was delicious and ridiculously fresh, since the fish isn't flash-frozing it preserves all the nutrients and flavour.

Although it got a bit cruel when the cute waitress walked out with a fish on a dish while it was still half-alive and cut up into sashimi, but yet again, the Japanese take their quality and freshness very serious and proof it with presentation.

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