I had a delicious dinner the other night, and all for about $8. I discovered that the local Life supermarket puts out what I believe to be sashimi-grade cuts of fish that they can’t use. If you wait until the day is getting old, these get discounted. Here is what I bought the other night:
This is a tuna ( 鮪・まぐろ maguro) and salmon ( 鮭・さけ sake). The maguro was also not cut when I bought it. I had to cut both into bite-sized pieces. As you can see, these are quite nice-looking pieces of fish, and 40% off!! The maguro was a similar price, around ¥204.
I have bought discounted fish steaks twice now. The other time, the salmon had something hard running through the middle–connective tissue of some kind–and tasted a little metallic. But neither of these steaks had bones, and both were tender and fresh-tasting. Delicious.
With the sashimi, I paired sake, string beans, and grilled squash. The squash came pre-cut. I blanched it and then put it under the flame for a few minutes to dry it out and darken it.
What did my dinner look like in the end?
And the cost?
- salmon ¥195
- maguro ¥204
- string beans ¥73
- squash ¥59
- 1/4 bottle sake ¥225
So, about ¥800 in total, or about $8. This is by far the best way to get cheap sashimi in Kyoto.
The second best way is the conveyor-belt sushi restaurant around the corner from the Kenshusei apartment near the Imadegawa-Jofukuji bus stop.