A short seven-minute walk from Roppongi Station, Sushi Sagawa is hidden from the street on the first basement floor of a building. Guests enter by pressing the intercom, and are whisked down to a calm dining room with high ceilings and a subtly luxurious atmosphere. Greeting diners is the sight of chef Masaharu Sagawa preparing sushi for service.
At the age of 15, Sagawa entered the world of cooking. After more than 20 years of training at both sushi restaurants and Japanese eateries, he opened his eponymous restaurant in May 2020.
While known for being a membership sushi restaurant, it’s currently accepting non-members during a promotion period. Once the maximum number of members is reached, the restaurant will revert back to members-only. A popular meeting place for executives and high-profile members from a range of fields, the dining room is an ideal place to socialize and meet other members.
In terms of cuisine, Sushi Sagawa is a known advocate of seared sushi, with a stone grill allowing guests to enjoy hot seafood in minutes. “We serve it with the rare part remaining, not the baked one. If you do so, it will get even hotter in front of you, and it won’t be baked with the right amount of softness," Sagawa explains.
From spring to early summer, guests can enjoy seared Hokkaido king crab legs with a side dish. The kinki rockfish shabu shabu that is also directly delivered from Hokkaido is another favourite with regulars.
Also recommended is the nigiri with fatty, rosy seabass, sourced from a different region throughout the year; seared blackthroat seaperch arrives sprinkled with grated daikon and coarse English sea salt. Likewise, Sagawa goes through equal effort to ensure his rice is perfect, pairing strong red vinegar with rich sushi ingredients, and favouring white vinegar for lighter flavours.
Four wine cellars capable of holding 150 bottles are installed, with a sommelier stationed to guide diners to a perfect match. The restaurant has a wide variety of wines, from simple to rated, and pairings are also available. A range of Japanese sake, from familiar varieties to rarely-glimpsed bottles, are popular.
The restaurant’s lighting has been designed to highlight sushi ingredients as if they were under a spotlight. A 14-seat counter seats the majority of diners, while a private room with a sunken kotatsu is ideal for dinners of up to 8, ideal for dinners with family, friends, and colleagues.
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A 3-minute walk from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line, Toei Oedo Line)