Tsukiji Katou 築地かとう

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For a truly local breakfast at Tsukiji, bypass all of the sushi shops and follow the fishmongers to shops like Katou. The menu consists mostly of grilled and simmered seafood served with rice, miso soups, pickles, and a side dish.

Kinmedai, 金目鯛 splendid alfonsino, when simmered in a sweet soy broth, will melt in your mouth. I was lucky and got the head part of the fish, while my neighbor got the tail end. Dig into the head with your chopsticks to pull out small nuggets of tender meat. The eyeball is a delicacy. It is a challenge to pick up with your chopsticks. If you are successful in getting it into your mouth, suck up the tender collagen, but be sure to spit out the hard white part.

Katou’s big menu includes Saikyo miso marinated and grilled black cod, an assortment of seasonal sashimi, and seasonal whole fish simply salted and grilled. The bowl of rice is hearty, for the fishmongers who work in the market. It is impolite to leave rice in your bowl, so unless you are very hungry, it is good to ask for a small bowl of rice. In Japanese, gohan o sukuname.

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Katou かとう

Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 5-2-1, Building #8 中央区築地5-2-1ビル8号

This Tabelog page shows some of their other main dishes:

http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1313/A131301/13007669/dtlphotolst/1/

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2 thoughts on “Tsukiji Katou 築地かとう

  1. Hi Yukari!

    It’s been almost a year since our last tour. Reading this I remember being served a Kinmedai head at a Japanese restaurant in NY, eye included.

    It was the “intermission” course of a sashimi and sushi omakase. Incredibly tender and flavorful. Each tiny piece melts in your mouth.

    But I couldn’t eat the eye collagen … Just didn’t have the courage. I asked the sushi chef how it tasted and he replied: I also never ate it! I felt better after that!

    Cheers
    Bruno (from Brazil)

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