Sushi Hirose, housed in a building downtown, a five-minute walk from JR Kannai Station, is helmed by Chef Junichi Hirose, who trained at Sushidokoro Aizawa, a renowned sushi restaurant in Yokohama, for eight years and further honed his culinary skills at Ginza Kojyu, a two-star Japanese restaurant. Then, in June 2019, he opened his own restaurant in his hometown of Yokohama.
Sushi Hirose offers prix fixe (fixed price) meals that combine exquisite Japanese dishes and sushi made by the chef with innate love for sushi. After an appetizer, four to five Japanese dishes (e.g., grilled dishes) come, followed by several pieces of sushi. These elaborately prepared dishes delight the delicate palate of connoisseurs. Local ingredients, as well as high-quality ingredients sourced from around Japan, are purchased mainly from Toyosu Market but also from Yokohama City Central Wholesale Market. Then, their true flavors are brought out with great care using only natural seasonings such as salt and no excess oil, sugar, or cream. The sushi rice is made from carefully selected Akitakomachi rice. It is cooked just before guests arrive so that they can enjoy its flavor that changes with its temperature. The rice is cooked until tender on the outside but a little firm in the center (al dente) so that it offers a little resistance to the teeth but soon comes loose in the mouth and blends well with the toppings. One of the most popular menus is “Hand-rolled Sushi with Roasted Tuna.” The rich flavor of tuna roasted over charcoal right in front of guests tingle their taste buds. In addition, other popular dishes, such as charcoal grilled sweetfish (offered in summer) and eels, demonstrate the extraordinary skills of the chef, who served as a grill chef at Ginza Kojyu.
The drink menu offers more than 20 labels of red, white, and sparkling wines and more than 10 labels of Japanese sake that go well with the dishes. The food and wine or sake pairings selected by the chef, who is also certified as a sommelier instructor, are also worth trying.
The interior has a bright and elegant atmosphere that highlights the simple beauty of the traditional Japanese-style architecture. It has a main dining room with a seven-seat counter made of hinoki cypress wood and a private room with an L-shaped counter seating up to six people. The chef’s professional sincerity can be seen not only in the dishes but also in the collection of tableware that ranges from ceramics created by Rosanjin Kitaoji to those crafted by contemporary artists.
Thus, Sushi Hirose is suitable for various occasions, such as having a romantic dinner with your partner, eating out with your friends, enjoying your own company, or entertaining your business clients. Please relish the exquisite dishes and comfortable hospitality of this prominent restaurant in Yokohama.
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A 5-minutes walk from the north exit of JR Kannai Station