We love sushi joints like Sushizanmai, Ginzo, Ganso and Misakimaru, but they’re still just chain stores. Sushi Hattori is different—it’s an intimate, owner-operated sushi-ya with only 12 seats. Dinner typically costs between 8,000 to 10,000 yen per person, so lunch sets starting at 1,300 yen are a phenomenal deal.


There are 8 seats at a counter and another 4 seats at a table. At the time we visited, on a rainy September Friday, three customers were just finishing up, so we had the place to ourselves. The chefs (you don’t need any other service staff with 12 seats) were relaxed and friendly.

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The preparation takes place right within sneezing distance (maybe need a better analogy) | Photo by Gregory Lane

There was no high counter like you often get at chain sushi stops, so we could watch the full preparation of the sushi and see the skill of chef (and owner) Akio Hattori for ourselves.


The 1,300 yen “ichininmae” (or “serving for one person”) course we went for included 7 pieces of nigiri sushi, tamago-yaki, 6 pieces of maki-zushi and miso soup. The fish you get will likely vary depending on the season and the fish that’s available. Don’t expect the really top-quality cuts of maguro though. We got two pieces of akami-maguro, squid, prawn, scallop and salmon. Each was beautifully tender, the spice of the ginger was just right and, as is the norm with sushi restaurants, the miso soup was outstanding.

If you’re after the high-quality cuts as well, they do have a number of options to choose from. The “1.5 ninmae” set at 1,500 yen is the same deal as the “ichininmae” set except you get more volume.


1人前 (Ichininmae)7 pieces of nigiri and 6 pieces of makizushi1,300 yen
1.5人前 (Ichitengoninmae)3 more nigiri than the ichininmae1,500 yen
上にぎり (Uenigiri)Better quality neta2,700 yen
特上にぎり (Tokuuenigiri)Top-quality neta5,400 yen
1人前ちらし (Ichininmae Chirashi)Sashimi donburi1,300 yen
1.5人前ちらし (Ichitengoninmae Chirashi)Bigger sashimi donburi1,500 yen
上ちらし (Ue-Chirashi)High-quality cuts donburi2,700 yen

At lunch time, payment is by cash only. All prices are inclusive of tax.

Sushi Hattori is in the basement
Sushi Hattori is in the basement | Photo by Gregory Lane

Finding Sushi Hattori can be a little challenging. If you’re on the leftside of Gaienhigashi Dori, walking from Midtown towards Nogizaka Station, take the first road on the left after the gas station. Sushi Hattori is on the right down some stairs.

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