Nemurohanamaru (we'll just call it Hanamaru from now on) originated from Hokkaido, a paradise for seafood lovers. Now, they have made their way down to Tokyo, and have shops in Ginza and Marunouchi. I usually go to the one in Marunouchi, which is inside the popular KITTE department store. Even on a weekday during lunchtime, you'll see people lining up outside the restaurant, so be prepared to wait 20-30 minutes for a seat; but trust me, it is definitely worth it!
I usually start off with some Ikura (fish roe), then work my way down the menu for something more voluminous. Each plate color is different, depending on the price of your sushi. My absolute favorite is the Sujiko Shoyu Zuke (筋子醤油漬け) , which is rice covered by ikura marinated in soy sauce.
Next, I move on to bigger pieces such as salmon, or tuna. Another must try at Hanamaru is the Kurose Buri (黒瀬ぶり), which is Kurose Amberjack mostly found in the waters of Miyazaki. This particular dish comes with two pieces of sushi, which is usually the case when you order at sushi restaurants; but for more expensive dishes such as the aforementioned ikura or premium fat tuna, you will only get one piece of sushi, so make sure you enjoy and savor that one bite!
Of course, you also get other choices of food here at Hanamaru, such as miso soup and even deserts such as tiramisu or creme brulee to freshen up your palate. One of my favorite side dish is their Karaage (唐揚げ), or fried chicken, topped with a slice of lemon. You will get 4 to 5 pieces of fried chicken for only JPY 180, definitely worth the price!
For non-wasabi eaters like me, don't worry if all the sushi you find on the conveyor belt contains wasabi. You can also custom make your sushi, so simply ask the waiter for some Sabi-Nuki (サビ抜き) sushi, which means sushi without the little dab of wasabi under the fish; if you see something you like on the menu, but can't find on the conveyor belt, just order it from their English menu! Next time you're in Tokyo, instead of heading straight for Tsukiji market for sushi, why not head to a Hanamaru near you for an enjoyable and delicious seafood experience!