Standing bars, are quite common in Japan. I've had my share of eating noodles standing up but this was my first time to eat sushi this way.
It's ironic that eating sushi standing up would seem to be a novelty now given that sushi was originally eaten in this way but there you go, the changing times.
First of all, I'd like to state clearly that I enjoyed eating at Sushi Cyoh. Not so much for the quality - a little on that in a moment - but because of the relaxed atmosphere that I found myself in. The chef was willing to chat and even the lady seated next to me was sociable.
The restaurant is a small one, catering to only twelve people and given that it is winter right now, nice and cozy.
The wall behind the counter listed the menu items in Japanese and English, along with their prices. There were lunchtime sets available for less than 1000 yen for ten pieces of sushi as well as slightly more 'expensive' exotic 10-piece sets.
Now when I say expensive, I paid 1300 yen... add in several more ala carte selections of about 150 yen per piece and my lunch here at Sushi Cyoh came to a very light 2300 yen. That's just a little over $20...
This lunch was the 'Super Special Choice Set' which featured fatty tuna, red snapper, herring roe, marinated tuna, salmon roe, sea urchin, sweet shrimp, eel and egg. As an addition, I ordered some tuna rolls, sardine, mantis shrimp and unmarinated mackerel.
Other than the salmon roe which had a nice, gentle ocean taste and the red snapper which was textural, the rest of the toppings gave me no reason to remember them. I remembered the herring roe only because it is a traditional New Years delicacy and I enjoyed seeing it there as part of the set.
What was memorable though was the rice and wasabi, both of which unfortunately overpowered the toppings. It's not the best culinary experience to be recalling the fire of too much wasabi.
Be that as it may, the fact of the matter is that Sushi Cyoh is a very affordable sushi bar in Tsukiji. The sushi I had wasn't particularly noteworthy but I can't deny that I had a good time there. And all for around $20.
For that price, really, what's there to complain about?