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5/5

Tsukiji Uoichi

Arcade Independence Square, Clock Tower 1st Floor, Independence Square, Colombo 7


Over a year since first opening its doors Tsukiji Uoichi is still going strong. They've got one of the most impressive Japanese menus in Colombo and they're execution is excellent. Their prices are on the higher end but the food is well worth it and the service is as efficient as it gets.



Over a year since first opening its doors Tsukiji Uoichi is still going strong. They've got one of the most impressive Japanese menus in Colombo and their execution is excellent. Their prices are on the higher end but the food is well worth it and the service is as efficient as it gets.

Service & Ambience

The service at Tsukiji Uoichi is incredibly professional and efficient, on par with the likes of Yumi and Nihonbashi. They know the menu front and back which is an impressive feat considering the selection they offer. Our food was ready quite fast, with each dish following the other.

They've kept things pretty simple in terms of ambience which works well with the Japanese cuisine. As you enter you're greeted by the chefs stationed behind the sushi bar, which seats around twelve. The somewhat low wooden chairs with flat cushions were reminiscent of tatami mats, with the large windows letting in plenty of natural light.

The Food

Tsukiji Uoichi offers one of the most extensive Japanese menus in Colombo with pretty much any classic Japanese dish you can think of, along with some of their own signature sushi dishes. Prices are on the higher end so expect to pay around Rs. 2500 - Rs. 3000 per head. That being said, considering the quality of the food, efficiency of the service and the location, we felt it was justified.

Our seven piece nigiri platter (Rs. 1380) came with one each of tuna, salmon, squid, shrimp, tamago, and two shiromi nigiri. With only three real elements (the sushi rice, fish and  wasabi), even the slightest of flaws can ruin a nigir. In this case however, both the flavour and presentation was on point. The seafood was fresh, the rice had a great consistency with the subtle falvour of the rice vinegar and the kick of the wasabi coming in at the end. This was ready in less than ten minutes which we really appreciated and it didn't seem rushed since the nigiri was presented beautifully with the fish vibrant seafood draped over the rice.

We also tried out the crunchy ebi tempura maki (Rs. 660 for 4). Being one of their specialized sushi offerings, this is pricier than the simple makis, but it's also got a lot more going on. This is an uramaki, with ebi tempura in middle, topped with a crispy rice flakes, a fried curry leaf and a small piece of karage. There's a whole bunch of fried elements in this one so it's got some great textures. This is also good option for those who aren't fans of raw fish. The shrimp was cooked just right with a thin tempura batter adding a light crunch, complemented further by the savouriness of the karage and the curry leaf.

Their seafood and pork okonomiyaki (Rs. 880) was presented differently to what we've come across at other spots. They top it with bonito fish flakes which react to the heat of the dish and sway. It's weirdly therapeutic and I found myself just starting at it for like five minutes.

Flavourwise the fish flakes add a subtle saltiness and a bit if texture. The pancake itself was rich, with the flavour in the egg and seafood coming through beautifully. The pork was mostly lean but still moist, marrying well with the shrimp and calamari.

They've also got kushiage (Rs. 230+ each) which is basically deep fried cutlet skewers. We got the prawn, squid and chicken, which came with an interesting fruit based dipping sauce which had a distinct tanginess and sweetness which offsets brilliantly against the savoury cutlets.

The skewers come piping hot and the sauce is served cold which creates a nice contrast of temperatures.

Conclusion

It's been a while, but our lunch at Tsukiji Ouichi went about without hiccup. They were the only establishment with customers at the otherwise deserted Arcade Independence Square and it's no surprise. It doesn't happen often but we're bumping them up to five stars.


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Address

Arcade Independence Square, Clock Tower 1st Floor, Independence Square, Colombo 7

Contacts

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Open 6.00 PM to 12.00 AM

Cuisine

Japanese

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Sushi

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
5
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
4
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User Reviews
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Maheel Gamage

Took them 40mins to bring the first dish … after another 20 mins got another dish and took them another 20 mins to to bring the next dish by which time we were so fed up that we cancelled the rest of the dishes! They took 20 mins to bring a glass of water and had run out of napkins! was definitely disappointed with the service

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4/5

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indi YAMU STAFF

I just ordered their Sushi Bento via YAMU delivery (on app). The short of it is, the sushi is quite excellent. It's not as affordable or generous as the Naniyori Bento (my usual goto for indulgent sushi delivery), but Tsukiji's version is higher quality.

That is, the sushi rice is excellent. This is actually a highly important part of sushi preparation that chefs spend years training to get right. On Sri Lankan sushi it's often an afterthought, but it makes a difference, and Tsukiji gets it right, at least in this experience.

There's is also something about the sushi, both nigiri and the rolly one, that has that little extra that makes the brain tingle. Average sushi is still tasty because soy sauce, but the pieces I had were fresh and balanced where it gave you that little extra joy that comes with good sushi.

The miso that comes with is excellent, but the other sides were whatev. The salad was OK, the red bean thing was confusing and hard to eat with chopsticks, the wasabi was weak and they gave pickled veg instead of ginger (that could be good or bad depending on your taste, I prefer ginger).

The Naniyori Bento is more of a complete package, but if you're looking for excellent sushi delivered, I'd recommend Tsukiji. It costs, however. Rs. 2000, so that would likely be a rare indulgence.

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1/5

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Maheel Gamage

Took them 40mins to bring the first dish … after another 20 mins got another dish and took them another 20 mins to to bring the next dish by which time we were so fed up that we cancelled the rest of the dishes! They took 20 mins to bring a glass of water and had run out of napkins! was definitely disappointed with the service

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4/5

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indi YAMU STAFF

I just ordered their Sushi Bento via YAMU delivery (on app). The short of it is, the sushi is quite excellent. It's not as affordable or generous as the Naniyori Bento (my usual goto for indulgent sushi delivery), but Tsukiji's version is higher quality.

That is, the sushi rice is excellent. This is actually a highly important part of sushi preparation that chefs spend years training to get right. On Sri Lankan sushi it's often an afterthought, but it makes a difference, and Tsukiji gets it right, at least in this experience.

There's is also something about the sushi, both nigiri and the rolly one, that has that little extra that makes the brain tingle. Average sushi is still tasty because soy sauce, but the pieces I had were fresh and balanced where it gave you that little extra joy that comes with good sushi.

The miso that comes with is excellent, but the other sides were whatev. The salad was OK, the red bean thing was confusing and hard to eat with chopsticks, the wasabi was weak and they gave pickled veg instead of ginger (that could be good or bad depending on your taste, I prefer ginger).

The Naniyori Bento is more of a complete package, but if you're looking for excellent sushi delivered, I'd recommend Tsukiji. It costs, however. Rs. 2000, so that would likely be a rare indulgence.

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3/5

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naavee

The food was good although i felt some of the portions were rather small compared to nihonbashi. Service was alright. I'm sure it will improve over time.

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