The ineffable SoraNews24 team started their ultra-affordable fugu journey at a branch of revolving sushi chain Sushiro, which has recently added blowfish to its menu. Since fugu is usually a pricy delicacy, we expected the ¥100 slice of fish to be gossamer-thin, but thankfully that turned out to not be the case.
As a matter of fact, you actually get two slices of seared fugu pressed onto each block of rice, topped with a pinch of green onion and a citrusy thick ponzu sauce.
Because of that, there’s no need to dip the fugu in soy sauce, and so they grabbed a morsel with their chopsticks and popped it in! Their taste buds were immediately rewarded, as the fugu was flavorful and moist, and cooked just enough to bring out more of its flavor without obscuring it with char or drying out the fish.
Their next stop was one of Sushiro’s rival chains, Kurazushi (also known as Kura Sushi). In contrast to Sushiro’s limited-time fugu offer, blowfish is part of the permanent menu at Kurazushi, where it’s served raw.
Instead of being served with ponzu, Kurazushi’s fugu is prepared in the kombujime style, with a bit of marinated seaweed atop the sliced fish.
While Kurazushi’s fugu isn’t quite as flavorful as Sushiro’s, both because it’s raw and has less powerful seasoning, it’s still a tasty treat, and arguably the better of the two if you want to experience the flavor of the fugu itself.
Sushiro’s fugu is currently only available at branches within Osaka, but Kurazushi’s is available at select locations nationwide. Either option is a great way to inexpensively figure out if fugu suits your palate/bravery level, and should you find you love it, you can then move on to Tokyo’s delicious fugu ramen or the canned fugu from Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Related: Sushiro location list, Kurazushi location list
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