Aoki is the sort of casual sushi shop where you can relax with a few drinks and some delectable small dishes before moving onto your sushi. The chefs behind the counter prepare both traditional nigiri and more experimental forms, which are fun to explore if you're in an adventurous mood.
Seasonal vegetable dishes are a big part of Aoki's menu, and they even employ a vegetable sommelier. On a recent visit we enjoyed some stunningly fresh mountain-vegetable dishes, followed by a selection of vegetable nigiri-zushi, which featured heirloom vegetables from Kyoto. Other unexpected sushi variations include lightly charred fish topped with cheese, and a surprisingly tasty camembert-cheese sushi roll.
Another house specialty is foie gras - served broiled on skewers, as the main ingredient in chawanmushi (egg custard), and as quite delectable foie gras sushi. Of course being a sushi joint Aoki offers a nice sashimi selection - the daily moriawase is always a good bet, as is the assortment of three different cuts of tuna.
At lunchtime there's a luxurious 1.5-person platter (Y1890) which provides a big selection of nigiri along with soup, salad and chawan mushi. Budget around Y4000-8000 at dinnertime, Y1000-2000 for lunch. Open all afternoon on weekends.
This book will introduce you to more than twenty of Japan's favorite specialty foods that are less well known abroad, along with a guide to the best places in Tokyo to try them and expert tips on what to order. From Bento.com.