Slowly savoring sushi while watching the taisho (head chef) prepare it in front of you is one of those moments in life that make you feel happy to be Tokyo.
Many may think that high-end sushi restaurants have strict manners to observe and that you may not be able to just casually walk in and eat, but this is not really the case. Paying attention to some basic rules and manners will have you eating maguro (tuna) just like a local — and prevent any embarrassing faux pas at that fancy sushi shop.* Don’t wear strong scents
A sushi restaurant mainly provides in-season ingredients. These ingredients are not only full of flavor, but also take on a beautiful aroma. Avoid wearing too much perfume, as it may overpower the fragrance of the ingredients.
- Eat sushi in any order
Much like wine, it’s commonly said in Japan that you should begin with a white fish and finish with a sushi that has bold flavors. However, that is not entirely true. You can eat what you want, whenever you want to eat it. This is possible to do in any restaurant. Just make sure to cleanse your palate by drinking something like tea to refresh your tastebuds before eating more delicate, lighter fish after eating a bold tasting sushi.
- Eat sushi with your hands or your chopsticks
This is a big issue and one that many people will likely have questions about. Sushi can be eaten with your bare hands or the provided hashi (chopsticks). There are pros and cons to each method and neither one is the considered the “proper” way.
- Eat sushi in one bite
Sushi is a work of art where the cut of the fish, plus the softness and temperature of the rice is carefully calculated. By eating the fish and the rice together in one piece, a new world will unfold in your mouth. If you feel self-conscious about opening your mouth too wide, it’s possible to ask for a smaller portion.
These simple manners will go a long way to help you and your hosts feel comfortable enjoying a night out with some a traditional sushi — and getting the best out of that culinary piece of art into which the taisho has put all his efforts. Itadakimasu!
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- Sushi Kin
- Sushi Masuda
- Koraku Sushi Yasuhide Pocket Concierge is a Tokyo dining reservation service that let’s you make last minute bookings at some of the city’s finest eateries. Visit today and get seats at the best restaurant in town without even making a phone call!
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