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  • - We're back, we're in Tokyo, we're Worth It Japan part dwa.

  • - Is dwa a two in any language?

  • - It's French.

  • - Un, deaux, trois. - (laughing) wait, what.

  • - You combined two and three.

  • You know how you know we're in Tokyo?

  • The Tokyo Tower and the sound of cicadas.

  • (loud growl) You hear that?

  • - We had to bring along our friend, translator,

  • tasty producer, lovely person all around, Rie McClenny.

  • - Hi.

  • - We're gonna be eating things that come on rice.

  • - [Rie] In a shell.

  • - We may even put on some fancy clothing,

  • which we've never done for a restaurant before.

  • We're doin sushi.

  • - Well, let's go, how do you say let's go?

  • - (speaking foreign language)

  • - [Group] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Today on Worth It, we're gonna be

  • trying three excellent sushi places

  • at three drastically different price points

  • to find out which one is the most worth it at its price.

  • - [Steven] And we made the mistake

  • of coming in 95 degree heat.

  • - Worth it.

  • - I'm super excited, the first place we're going to

  • is an highly automated sushi restaurant called Kura Sushi.

  • - We call it Kaiten-zushi, kaiten is like spin.

  • - Sushi is brought out to you on a conveyor belt.

  • - I wish I could be conveyor belted

  • to this restaurant right now.

  • - You want me to try?

  • - Yeah, conveyor belt me.

  • - Alright.

  • (grunt)

  • - [Rie] Bye.

  • - [Steven] I fought Yoshi.

  • (laughing)

  • (upbeat percussion music)

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - For somebody who's never been

  • to a conveyor belt sushi before,

  • can you explain how it works?

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - What are the advantages to having

  • the automated systems in the restaurant?

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Wow. - Whoa.

  • (laughing)

  • - [Steven] So excited, each of these plates is 100 yen.

  • - Approximately one US dollar.

  • Then we have self service green tea here.

  • - [Steven] Woo!

  • - [Andrew] Never seen someone so excited for hot water.

  • - Hot running water.

  • - Yeah at your table.

  • - Come on, sometimes my shower doesn't even do that.

  • - Kanpai.

  • - Kanpai.

  • - Hot!

  • This is the optimal time, it's like enough time

  • for you to look at it, decide if you want it,

  • but then it's like if you don't get it,

  • you're not gonna get it.

  • - It's like the Tinder of dining.

  • - Yes, swipe,

  • right. - Swipe right.

  • Alright, here we have two beautiful shrimp coming by,

  • come on Steven. - Okay,

  • maybe we should just go for it.

  • Pop it open, pop it.

  • - [Andrew] First hit, here we go.

  • - [Steven] Oh yeah.

  • - Here Steven,

  • - [Andrew and Steven] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Perfect!

  • - Oh, now I'm excited, now I'm gonna grab,

  • hey how about some tuna.

  • - [Steven] Tuna!

  • - [Andrew] I love tuna.

  • - [Steven] Look at this long cut of tuna.

  • Cheers it up, that's so great!

  • - [Andrew] Yeah, we can have as many as we want,

  • they just keep coming.

  • - Ahh!

  • - Ever been in a lazy river?

  • - Yes, oh my God.

  • - This is the lazy river of food,

  • instead of you in the river,

  • the food is in the river, you just seize the river.

  • - [Rie] Sanma, it's a pike mackerel.

  • - [Steven] Mm, the fish was tender,

  • the rice was well packed, like satisfactory

  • in all of the ways that you want sushi to be, what is this?

  • - [Rie] If you get five plates.

  • - [Andrew] You get to play the game.

  • - [Andrew and Steven] Oh no!

  • - [Andrew] What happened?

  • - [Rie] You lost.

  • - [Andrew and Steven] Aww.

  • - So if we won, what would happen.

  • - You get the toy in a plastic ball.

  • - And then I want dessert, next.

  • Oh, fluffy ice with green tea red bean.

  • - [Andrew] Nice, the order was heard,

  • thank you. - Was heard.

  • (gasp)

  • - [Andrew] Oh here it is.

  • - [Steven] Cheers!

  • - Mm, that's what you need when it's hot outside.

  • - (whistled blow) Ice blast.

  • We're at eight plate count.

  • - [Andrew and Steven] Nine.

  • - [Andrew] I'll just do it.

  • - I touched it.

  • - Okay, we're at the baseball stadium,

  • I like it. - Come on.

  • Yeah, get home.

  • Oh, we won! - Did we really?

  • - [Rie] Yeah.

  • - [Andrew] No way, it's coming out.

  • (excited laughing)

  • Got some stickers.

  • - So I thank you for the meal.

  • (speaking in foreign language)

  • - [Andrew and Steven] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - That was wonderful.

  • - Fun and cheap.

  • - Yeah and very technologically advanced,

  • which I appreciate.

  • - So, we're headed to our next sushi spot,

  • but before we do that, we asked Rie for a suggestion

  • on any desserts that would look fish shaped.

  • - [Rie] We're here.

  • - [Steven] Here we are, here we are.

  • I love it, it's a beautiful stand.

  • - [Rie] Konnichiwa.

  • We are eating taiyaki, it's a fish shape pancake.

  • What do you want?

  • - [Steven] I want a red bean taiyaki.

  • - [Rie] Okay.

  • - [Steven] Andy wants matcha.

  • You can have the matcha one Andy.

  • Aw, it's so cute, I got the red bean.

  • - [Rie] It's a green tea.

  • - Alright, we're gonna try this taiyaki now.

  • I also have red bean.

  • - Alright.

  • - Look, fish, cheers.

  • - [Andrew and Rie] Cheers.

  • - [Group] Mm.

  • - [Steven] (speaking in foreign language)

  • In the 1980s, Norway had too much salmon.

  • And so there was a guy who was tasked

  • by the Norwegian government to sell some of it to Japan.

  • He was able to strike a deal with a company called Nishi Ren

  • and that catapulted salmon into the sushi market in Japan.

  • - We didn't have salmon sushi before that.

  • - That is a great international collab,

  • to bring a new all star food into prominence.

  • - [Rie] When you eat fish shape food,

  • do you eat from the head or but?

  • - [Steven] Head.

  • - [Rie] Head.

  • - Where we goin next Andrew?

  • - So next we're on our way to a place,

  • called Shun sushi, is that right?

  • - I'm here.

  • And it comes recommended by one

  • of our colleagues named Hitomi actually.

  • - Yep, my work wife.

  • - Your work wife?

  • - [Rie] Yeah so this restaurant is neighborhood sushi joint.

  • Somewhere you wanna go once in a while

  • when you are craving sushi, sushi chef knows you.

  • - Oh, that's what I want.

  • - Yeah.

  • - I want my sushi chef to know me.

  • How do you get a work wife?

  • - You have a work wife.

  • - [Steven] Who?

  • (laughing)

  • (upbeat piano music)

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - I'm curious how long you've worked as a sushi chef.

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Today we're gonna be ordering the omakase set.

  • - Hai.

  • - What is the choice of fish

  • that you're gonna be serving us.

  • - [Chef] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Yes, absolutely. - Yes.

  • - So what do we have coming first Rie?

  • - [Andrew] Sake.

  • - [Group] Kanpai.

  • - Do we shot this, or, no we just, okay.

  • (laughing)

  • - [Andrew] Ooh, he's grating wasabi.

  • - You know what I love about sushi?

  • You're seeing everything that goes into

  • what your money is going to.

  • - [Rie] So this is chutoro.

  • - Here we go, first bite.

  • - [Andrew and Steven] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Pure and utter joy.

  • - You know it's not like a piece of fish

  • on top of some rice.

  • It tastes like a single unit.

  • - Yeah.

  • - [Chef] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - That was delicious.

  • - Mm, so happy.

  • - Very pleasant texture, it's also really interesting,

  • the temperature that it arrives.

  • Sushi, I don't think, is a cold food.

  • It becomes a part of your mouth instantly.

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - The best temp, is body temp.

  • - [Chef] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - It's unbelievably sweet.

  • - Yeah, it's kinda light.

  • - What did you do to the uni?

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - It tastes like melon.

  • - [Chef] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Mm, the squid was, ex-squid-zit.

  • - In a word, it was, Squidward.

  • (laughing)

  • - What do you think is the special elements

  • about a sushi dinner like this, like us sitting here?

  • - [Chef] (speaking in foreign language)

  • - So is it mini shrimp?

  • - [Rie] Yeah.

  • - [Andrew and Steven] Wow!

  • - [Steven] All raw.

  • Mm, oh my God.

  • - [Rie] Saltwater eel called anago.

  • - Yeah, Annie's face just perked up,

  • it comes out and she's like.

  • - [Andrew] Wow, look at it.

  • - (speaking in foreign language)

  • - Hey yo, it was almost like biting into a crepe cake.

  • - Yes.

  • - I saved it for Annie, tamagoyaki.

  • We really appreciate it, thank you very much.

  • - Shun sushi.

  • - It ended too shun.

  • (sarcastic laughing)

  • - I love it, it was very comfortable.

  • Chef was very friendly, and I loved the conversation.

  • - I realize today, I want a sushi chef

  • like I want a hair stylist.

  • My hair stylist is the person I see

  • probably more regularly than everybody else in my life.

  • I want that for a sushi chef.

  • - Yeah.