If you’re looking for the best Kingston restaurant for sushi, this is it. East Japanese Restaurant serves it up in a traditional Japanese setting. The successful eatery opened in 2004. Japanese Chef Kzumi Utoguchi, known as “Taka,” oversees sushi and sashimi, prepared in front of diners at the sushi bar (their warm entrees like tempura and teriyaki are also worth exploring). Taka learned his craft in Tokyo and then perfected it in New York and Miami before moving to Jamaica. He now slings sushi for a clientele that includes international diplomats and reggae superstars. If you want to dine al fresco, head for the terrace tables. Stand-out specialities include a white miso soup with scallions and seaweed, the Chef’s signature seaweed salad or Ika Sansai, a seasoned squid salad mixed with Japanese mountain vegetables. The dress code is worth noting; no sleeveless shirts, short shorts, spaghetti straps or flip flops are allowed.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 PM to 10:30 PM