I enjoy having home-cooked meals for almost every meal; I like spending time in the kitchen as well as the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are not ingesting preservatives, chemicals and unnecessary quantities of sodium and refined ingredients. I’ve mentioned before about my newly acquired interest in nutrition since becoming a mum, although I am definitely far, far away from being a health nut (this is definitely not meant in a disparaging sense – I admire health nuts!). That being said, there certainly are those days where it’s just nice to have the night off. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like cooking and instead my desire to cook is replaced by a craving for restaurant food of some description.
As busy parents whose lives often revolve around nap times and our babies’ grumpiness meters it’s not quite so easy to just pop out in search of something to satisfy in those “ohhh…I really feel like [insert naughty meal of choice here] tonight instead of cooking” moments. Living in a country where I rely almost solely on public transport makes it even more difficult – which can be a very good thing in lieu of self-discipline!
One great thing about Japan though, (and apparently in this day and age all over the world…) is that if you can crave it, chances are you can get it delivered. Even fish and chips! And of course fast food places like Dominoes, McDonalds and KFC also deliver. For less unhealthy options there are also companies, such Maishoku, that specialise in offering food delivery from a range of restaurants. Maishoku offers online ordering via their fully bilingual website (although the options seem to be pretty limited if you live outside of Tokyo – for us in Noborito, for example, there are only a couple of options for each type of cuisine, and the minimum order requirement is expensive). Oftentimes delivery is free, although there is usually a minimum order threshold. The cost is often similar as what you would pay in the store, although you might get a little less (for example, you might not get a drink included in your delivery set, whereas if you had the eat-in/pick-up equivalent it would be included for the same price).
We had friends over for dinner last Sunday, and, being a relatively busy day for us on which we usually eat leftovers, I suggested delivery sushi, thinking how wonderfully unique it is to be able to have fresh sushi delivered to my front door. Being a wide-eyed kiwi from little New Zealand, I shouldn’t be so quick to say “only in Japan.” After googling it, I discovered that delivery sushi is not so uncommon in more populated areas. And actually after re-googling it, I found out that delivery sushi is available in some parts of good old NZ afterall. Ok, so I’m a little behind the times and delivery sushi (and food beyond pizza) is more commonplace these days, but my first experience getting delivery sushi was a delight nonetheless.
And, what I imagine might be “only in Japan” is that it came delivered in a large wooden box, which we left outside our door to be picked up by 10 am the next morning. What service!
We ordered from “gin no sara” which translates to silver plate. While their website is in Japanese, it is not so difficult to navigate the ordering process using google translate (start from here), and of course all of the menu options have pictures.
Pricewise, it’s not too bad, considering. The quality was probably a step above that of a kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi restaurant, and we spent about 1000 yen per person (there were five of us, but the sets work out for roughly the same price per person regardless of how many people you have). This was, however, pretty much the cheapest option on the menu. We were satisfied afterwards, but we definitely could have eaten more, and would have been stuffed if we’d spent that amount at a kaiten sushi place, which we usually do (we tend to be find it hard to resist plucking “just another plate” of sushi off the conveyorbelt beyond our stomach’s satisfaction threshold).
All-in-all, I suggest giving it a go!