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Tokyo restaurant Review: Salmon speciality restaurant - Kumada, Harajuku

We tried the "instafamouse" salmon rice bowl at the very center of Tokyo! Let's see if it is as good as it looks?

Misho

Misho

Published on 30 Jun, 12:00

We decided to try this salmon-don (salmon rice bowl) speciality shop in the middle of Harajuku which was so famous on Instagram called Kumada. It serves different kinds of salmon rice bowl and also ikura (salmon roe) rice bowls.

It is located just 5 minutes away from the Tokyo Metro Meiji Jingumae Station. If you are coming from JR, you can always walk from JR Harajuku Station. It is in a very convenient location.

As the shop only has 12 seats, it is a first come first served basis and no reservations are allowed. It is a non-smoking restaurant and only cash is accepted.

Kumada: Salmon Bowl Of Rice
Kumada: Salmon Bowl Of Rice

We went on a weekday, before 12 PM and there were already two ladies waiting. After a short while, behind us came a pretty long line. Timing is the key, even on the weekdays.

It's in B1 so please be careful when you go down the stairs.

Heading to Kumada
Heading to Kumada

I was quite surprised that there was no temperature check and only disinfection of the hands. We had a seat right next to the door. Here's our very interesting view.

Tokyo restaurant Review: Salmon speciality restaurant - Kumada, Harajuku

There are different condiments on the table for you to eat with: soy sauce, seven spice powder and black pepper.

Tokyo restaurant Review: Salmon speciality restaurant - Kumada, Harajuku

I ordered the toro-salmon. The salmon slices looked mouth-wateringly fantastic. It was fresh and so good. I love salmon but sometimes there is this fishy smell but this had absolutely none of it.

The wasabi got a little too spicy for me sometimes because I put too little soy sauce. The egg was delicious too, not too sweet and is of good texture.

My only disappointment was the rice. It wasn't bad or anything but it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be.

Toro-salmon (JPY980)
Toro-salmon (JPY980)

My friend went for the rice bowl where she could try three different kinds of salmon. Yes, even the white slices which we are not familiar with is salmon. My image of salmon has always been orange so I was surprised by the white one.

Her bowl was bigger but we are guessing the amount of rice is similar.

Compare 3 Types of Salmon (JPY1580)
Compare 3 Types of Salmon (JPY1580)

When making your order, they have the service of ochazuke, where they will add soup for you to your rice. It serves as a change of taste and also to fill you up. It's exceptionally good on a cold day because the soup is piping hot.

They also have 3 toppings to choose from: shiokoji (a kind of seasoning of fermented grain koji) salmon, mentaiko and salted salmon. This is how they will serve the topping of your choice.

Shiokoji Salmon (front) & Mentaiko (back)
Shiokoji Salmon (front) & Mentaiko (back)

So you eat your meal to the point that you feel like you want to have it the ochazuke way, you call for the staff and they will take your bowl to the kitchen. When it comes back, it will look like this.

Ochazuke
Ochazuke

Topped with some seaweed, sesame seeds and onions, I recommend first try the soup. The soup had a very familiar childhood taste for me. It had a simple but hearty kind of taste. Then top it off with the topping for a picture~

Tokyo restaurant Review: Salmon speciality restaurant - Kumada, Harajuku

I think I preferred the ochazuke version because it is tastier. The bowl might look small but the amount of rice was quite a lot so I ended up feeling quite full. I felt like I ate a lot of rice so it wasn't as satisfying as I wanted to be.

Overall, location-wise and staff attitude-wise, it's very good. The shop was small but it didn't feel too cramped. One thing to note is that their seats are very small. I felt like if I was a little bigger sized, I don't think I will feel very comfortable. I enjoyed the salmon a lot but not much of the rice so I guess I will give this about 3/5.

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Misho

Misho

I love eating and traveling. Always in search for the next good place for food and beautiful views. Come join me on my adventures!

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