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Tokyo Fish Market (Berkeley) moved and reopened

Prabhakar Ragde | Aug 25, 200511:17 PM

I stopped by Tokyo Fish Market earlier this week and there was a sign saying they were closed but would hopefully reopen on the 25th in their new location, which is about twenty feet behind their old location. We were driving down San Pablo today (which I would not recommend, the city of Albany seems determined to drive all traffic out through systematic strangulation of major arteries) and noticed balloons out front, so we pulled in. The new location has very high ceilings and about five times the floor space. Zero character, but maybe that will come, and given how often I had to chide my kids for knocking things off the shelf or getting in the way, I can live with that.

Plus there is more stuff. I think they now have the best selection of sake in small bottles that I know of in the East Bay; I am sipping some as I type. The fish counter is much expanded, and they have prepared foods now from an onsite kitchen, as well as their usual selection of prepackaged sushi. Big glass-door freezers and big open fridges. Our entire family could stand in front of the furikake making selections and people could easily get around us. Heaven.

There are still only eight parking spaces, but I presume they are going to tear down the old wooden building (which would break my heart, but all things must pass) and you can always park on San Pablo, if they haven't turned it into an open trench yet. --PR

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