The Sushi Bar Tatsumi in Konstanz literally saved my life. I arrived in a dark winter night in the small beautiful town Constance. It is tugged away between the Lake Constance and Switzerland. In the German geography it resembles an appendix, because it is the far southwest end of the country. But it has the lake and that makes Constance incredibly beautiful.
Best Sushi in Town
Coming directly from a long and incredibly delicious trip to Tokyo and Hong Kong, I feared for the next ten months I would have to content myself with mediocre German and Italian cuisine. My first impressions of the gastronomical assets of this town weren’t impressive at all. And then this sushi place came along. This tiny sushi bar far from the downtrodden tourist paths is a miracle. Literally the best sushi in town, maybe in the whole region!
A Hidden Place
A tiny piece of Japan in the deep south. With very cute interior, a chef with the most radiant smile ever and surely the freshest seafood in town. Osamu Yamashita, the smiling chef has learned his trade for eight years in Japan and serves his happy customers for 25 years now. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that his place is crowded every night and even for lunch time. Booking a table is a must! Why? Just look at this:
The interior has definitely a Japanese feel with just a few tables and a long counter, from where you can watch the chefs doing their knife-ballet. Yes, it’s a beautiful choreography this cutting and rolling of the sushi. It’s one of my greatest pleasures watching the chef’s dancing knife, while there is always a chatty crowd around. And the results are just beautiful!
A Tiny Piece of Japan
The sashimi has this typical Japanese softness, other than the chewy Korean version. And it comes not only as salmon and tuna. In Tatsumi you can find a nice variety of fresh seasonal fish, at a very reasonable price. Constance is notorious for high priced boring restaurants, like any other tourist destination. Tatsumi really makes a difference. That explains the many regular guests. Besides the amazing sushi varieties, they also serve some Japanese lunch time staples like pork cutlet, chicken terriyaki or ramen. Not to mention those crunchy fried bananas and the black sesame ice cream for desert. And if you get really lucky, the chef might offer a rare delight: Shochu from his hometown, which tastes heavenly: The combination of the tanginess of a single malt, and the purity of fresh spring water. Thank you guys for the most delicious dinner nights in Constance! Kampai!