“Sushi Ikegami,” a hidden gem in the town, is a 3-minute walk from JR Senrioka Station in Settsu City, Osaka Prefecture. The chef, Hidesato Ikegami, is dedicated to Edomae-style sushi.
While still studying at university, chef Ikegami opened a sushi restaurant called “Sushi Restaurant Maruike.” At first, nori and sushi toppings were given to customers and served as temaki (hand-rolled sushi). Later, he learned the art of Edomae-style sushi while washing dishes at a Japanese restaurant on his days off. After three years, he finally became able to make sushi, attracting more customers to the restaurant. Building on that, he helped with food preparation on his days off at a famous restaurant in Kitashinchi. In 2016, the restaurant was renovated and re-opened as “Sushi Ikegami.” Hidesato Ikegami is a chef who has worked hard to achieve the style of restaurant he envisioned after 17 years in the business. For the food, the Omakase course is available by reservation only. The finest fish is delivered directly from the fishing port or purchased from Toyosu Fish Market (previously, Tsukiji Fish Market), and is dipped in salt or vinegar, or left to rest in order to bring out the best flavor. The sushi rice is made with a blend of red vinegar and rice vinegar. The restaurant is particular about matching the temperature between the sushi ingredients and the vinegared rice. To achieve this, the chef uses an icebox refrigerator that does not use electricity, to keep the sushi ingredients from getting too cold.
The centerpiece of the drink menu is local sake. The restaurant serves about 30 kinds of sake to match the food. There are also 10 different kinds of champagne, available by bottle and by the glass. The stylish point of the restaurant Chef Ikegami says, is that you can casually enjoy “Dom Pérignon” at an exceptionally reasonable price. There are only seven seats at the 300 year-old Kiso cypress counter. Guests will want to spend special occasions with friends, colleagues, family, foreign guests and other important people here, enjoying the Edomae-style sushi that is carefully prepared.
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A 3-minute walk from Senrioka Station, West Exit. (JR Tokaido Main Line [Kyoto Line] [Kyoto – Osaka] ).