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In Tokyo, a restaurant where you eat what you fish

Publié le 7 October 2014

In Tokyo, fresh fish and seafood dishes are popular. Zauo restaurant gives you the chance to fish your own dinner and you can’t get much fresher than that!

In Tokyo, a restaurant where you eat what you fish

There are 160,000 restaurants in Tokyo, including 5,000 in Shinjuku alone. Japan is famous for its fish and seafood dishes and has an excellent reputation for gastronomy. Zauo, a shortening of the Japanese words for ‘sit’ and ‘fish’, takes advantage of this cultural heritage by offering a unique experience.

Deco in Zauo is stunning. It represents a boat in a pool of water. This reminds the customers of the fishing roots of the Japanese people. Each customer is given a fishing rod and chooses their meal from the pools of different fish: sea bream, red snapper, Atlantic horse mackerel, sea eel, shark, Japanese sea snail, lobster, etc. The majority of these fish are net caught. Once the fish has been hooked, the customer can decide on the preparation style: sushi, sashimi, katsu, sukiyaki, cooked on their own or in a hot meal.


The concept allows the customer to take part in the creation of their meal. Zauo plays on friendliness and the quality of the dishes. The wide range of fish and the freshness play a role in the reputation of this authentic Izakaya, a traditional Japanese bar. Popular with both locals and tourists, the restaurant is recommended by the Lonely Planet and scores 4 out of 5 on Tripadvisor.

Zauo’s website is written almost entirely in Japanese. Thankfully other sites (both specialist and general) promote Zauo and translate practical information to allow tourists to discover this culinary experience. With an average of five fish for two people, the meal costs 10 858 yen, which equates to £62. In a time when customers demand transparency, Zauo offers them the chance to know what they are eating. The concept is very much appreciated.

Practical information:
Zauo Shinjuku
1st Floor of Washington Hotel
3-2-9 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023

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