Daiki Suisan Group, or Daiki Fisheries group, has a fresh fish distribution system. They do all kinds of business related to fish, from selling at markets, to kaitenzushi (Sushi-Go-Round restaurants), to classic sushiya restaurants.
Their restaurants are located in Osaka and Nara prefecture, and I visited one of them in Sakai, Osaka. This is a great place where you can eat delicious sushi. Because they sell fish that they catch themselves, you get really fresh sushi and seafood dishes for a reasonable price. Let's dive into our Daiki Suisan Sushi restaurant review and an ocean of fresh fish flavor!
I first visited the Daiki Suisan traditional sushi restaurant. As you can see, this restaurant has a nice decor and is really clean. I visited between lunch and dinner time, so there were hardly any customers. Apparently, it gets very busy during peak times, so try to come during that window between meal times, like I did, to avoid the crowds.
I really liked the interior of Daiki Suisan. This pretty wall, decorated with various fish kanji, is particularly neat. I'm not sure how many of them are on WaniKani, but if none of these are on there, I'll suggest that Tofugu create a "Level sakana 魚." Do you think that's a good idea?
Their fish are very fresh and the chefs make sushi and sashimi behind the counter. Can you read the leftmost sign? It says "meibutsunama 名物 生・hon 本まぐろkaitai 解体(めいぶつ なま・ほんまぐろかいたい)."
"meibutsu 名物" means "specialty," "nama 生" means "raw," "本まぐろ" means "bluefin tuna," and "Kaitai 解体" means "filleting." They have a bluefin tuna filleting event just for your information. Just so you know, this event doesn't take place everyday. I didn't get to see it. For the event schedule, please contact the restaurant at 072-258-1003. You can say, "hon 本まぐろのKaitai 解体ショーはいつですか？"(ほんまぐろのかいたいしょーはいつですか？/Honmaguro no kaitai shou wa itsu desu ka?) which means, "When is the bluefin tuna filleting show?"
There are fresh ingredients on sieves with an adequate amount of ice to keep them at the perfect temperature. From shellfish to fish to…a lemon and horse beans?
Once you are seated, you can place an oder simply by touching the screen on your table. It's easy because you don't have to speak Japanese. But if you prefer to speak Japanese, just call out, "すみませーん！" (Excuse me!) and a waiter will come and take your order in person. The phrase to get this started would be, "Chokusetsu chūmon 直接注文していいですか？"(ちょくせつちゅうもんしていいですか？/Can I order directly?)
I ordered assorted Tempura for 780 yen (tax excluded). The crunchiness of the outside was just right. It wasn't too oily and the and the inside was soft. I really enjoyed this delicate dish.
Do you know what this is? It's sliced octopus with a vinegar and miso dressing, called "sumiso". While I didn't have any alcohol with it that day, but this goes really well with beer, sake, or shochu. If you want to try making it, I found a recipe for sumiso octopus, though it's not the same as the restaurant's. Try making it anyway to get an idea of what it's like.
And, here is my "Tokujō にぎりsakari 盛りa 合わせ" (とくじょうにぎりもりあわせ / tokujou nigiri moriawase /Premium assorted sushi) for 1280 yen (tax excluded). It's been a while since I ate real Japanese sushi. They were all fresh and well made. I like all-you-can-eat sushi in Canada as well, but Japanese sushi is more sophisticated and elegant, I think. I actually stopped by this place the day I arrived at Kansai airport. After one bite, I had a big smile on my face, perhaps as big as Totoro's.
My mom and I ordered miso soup. The left one is called "aka-dashi" using red miso. The right one is normal miso soup (miso-shiru) using mixed miso (red and white).
Besides the traditional restaurant, there is actually a Daiki Suisan Kaitenzushi (Sushi-Go-Round) restaurant, as well.
I just peeked inside. It's fun to grab sushi from the conveyor belt, especially if you like eating a lot of great sushi really quickly without having to stop and order.
If you want to learn fish kanji before WaniKani uploads "Level sakana 魚," you can grab a sheet here for free. Yay!
After all that, I was stuffed and satisfied. It was such a lovely meal, especially so as it was the first meal of my trip to Japan.
Daiki Suisan Rating
Uniqueness: 6/10 – There are many sushi places in Japan, but not many places have a bluefin tuna filleting event. Their fish is really fresh because they have their own fresh fish distribution system. For these reasons, I rated it a 6. Taste: 7/10 – All of the sushi was tasty, but not extraordinary, to be honest. I added a bonus point because it was my first meal upon reentering Japan, so I also rated it a 7. Accessibility: 3/10 – You need to walk about 1km from Hatsushiba Station of Nankai Koya Line, or about 2km from Shinkanaoka Station of the Osaka Subway. Ideally, you would have a car, so I rated it a 3. Overall: 6/10 – I would probably go back there someday, if I was in the neighborhood. Their food was tasty and reasonably priced. It's accessibility isn't good and I'd probably only go there by car. Daiki Suisan is a chain restaurant in Osaka and Nara, so if you do come across one, I recommend going there. For this, I rated it a 6.
Daiki Suisan Access
Address: 607-1 Nakamuracho Kita-Ku, Sakai Central Whole Market 1F, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan 591-8012 Phone: 072-258-1003 (+81 72-258-1003) Hours: 11:00～22:00 Card Cards Accepted: JCB, AMEX, Diners Smoking: Smoking is allowed in all seats except during the hours of 11:00～15:00