Sushidokoro Man (すし処 満)

Japan, 604-8075 Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo-ku

Seats: 13


Open Times: 17:30~23:00

Price range: A la Carte dinner menus: budget from ¥15,000

Accepted: Cash / JCB/AMEX/Diners/VISA/MASTER

Smoking allowed? : No

#5. Exquisite Sushi at Sushidokoro Man

Conventional wisdom has it that the finest sushi in the world can only be found amongst the legendary itamae sushi chefs of Tokyo. So much for conventional wisdom. Sushidokoro Man is a true gem.

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Akira Umehara
Akira Umehara

Sushidokoro man’s cheerful owner, Akira Umehara likes it this way. He shuns the media relying just on word-of-mouth to publicise his elegant, intimate restaurant. His ploy works. Reservations are essential here, but well worth seeking out. His sushi is some of the most sublime that this reviewer has ever had.

Staples such as maguro tuna, toro fatty tuna, and tai sea-bream are superb, but make sure not to miss his seasonal specialities, such as the sublime shiroika white squid from Nagasaki, and the kaiware pickled water-cress. The latter may sound mundane, but in fact it is a gourmet joy.

Sushidokoro Man prices start at ¥15,000 per person and head into the stratosphere with some of the rarer ingredients and fine wines, but we guarantee you will not be disappointed. Take that, Tokyo!

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A version of this article originally appeared in the award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle magazine DestinAsian, the prime publication for those who love to travel, and travel in style in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Sincerest thanks for their permission to reprint it here. Photos © John F. Ashburne.