Having opened close to 200 years ago, Habu Port in English, or Habu Minato in Japanese as it’s known locally, was for a long time the gateway into Oshima Island.
As connecting boats to Honshu, the main island of Japan no longer dock here, the activity in the water is much quieter now, leaving no trace of its bustling past.
Walking inland from Habu Port, you’re met with a gently curved street with an elegant, historical feel about it. It’s on this street, which played many important roles throughout history, that you can find Minato-Sushi, a restaurant much loved by locals for many years.
A local favorite for a long time, it’s a place that travelers aught to go to as well. If you do intend on going, it’s safer to book a table to be sure. The seats fill up fast with customers smacking their lips over delectable sushi even during weekday lunch.
The menu is filled with imaginative dishes boasting local ingredients including sushi, sashimi, and lobster tempura bowl.
Of those, the nigiri style sushi and bekko sushi are must haves. The nigiri platter comes lined with 9 pieces of sushi. Each piece is a different type of fish, and as the name ‘local catch nigiri’ suggests, each and every one of these are of local variety. It’s a lavish signature dish where you get to try 9 varieties of fish local to Oshima island all in one go.
Bekko sushi is a local specialty sushi served with local white meat fish marinated in a mixture of soy sauce and island chili peppers. It’s a typical Oshima Island dish that can only be found here on the island.
Savor the flavors while appreciating the interesting culture of an island that came up with a sushi dish that uses island chili peppers.
The head chef making sushi across the counter while being attentive to his customers has an air so fitting of the term ‘craftsman’. If you visit Oshima island, be sure to try the most renowned bekko sushi on the island.
Edited on 22nd of Jan, 2018