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Sushi 101

YOU’VE CHOSEN WISELY

So, you’re curious. You have decided to try sushi or you are already familiar and just want to branch out a bit. We’re completely supportive of your palate expansion, and if you’re looking here, you’ve chosen wisely.

We fuse the traditional with a uncommon twists to create a menu that always satisfies. If you are feeling particularly adventurous then leave it up to our chefs and server, and it’s sure to be an evening to remember!

FIRST TIME?

Don’t be scared. You will be happy to know that not all sushi contains raw meat, some sushi has no meat at all. If you just want to test the water start with something cooked like shrimp, or vegetable only like a California roll. We also have a selection of deep fried rolls. Try sushi with a group and feel free to share and sample lots of different things.

NO NEED FOR CHOPSTICKS

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Sushi is usually eaten with chopsticks, but you may not know that it is perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your fingers, actually that is the way it was traditionally eaten in Japan. Please don’t use a fork, though.


TYPES OF SUSHI

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Sushi combines fish, vegetables and seasoned rice. If the dish is just thinly sliced raw fish then it is sashimi, not sushi (although still delicious). The two main types of sushi are makizushi (maki) and nigirizushi (nigiri).

Maki is classic Japanese rolled sushi, with the ingredients laid on a sheet of nori (pressed seaweed), rolled to form a log-like shape, then sliced into several round pieces.

Nigiri is hand-formed tufts of rice topped with wasabi and a thin slice of raw or cooked fish, shellfish, vegetable or omelette.


WASABI, GINGER & SOY SAUCE

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When you order sushi, you will notice that it typically is served with three condiments.

Soy sauce, that wonderfully salty sauce that we all know and love. When dipping your nigiri in soy sauce, turn it over and dip only the fish, it is not advised to let the rice soak up the soy sauce, you do want to taste the rest of the sushi, after all.

Wasabi is a spicy, japanese horseradish paste. It was originally used as a disinfectant to kill any leftover bacteria on raw fish, and while it will still serve that function, modern sushi is quite safe as is.Tthe reason we use it today is for that authentic flavor. Feel free to add a pinch of wasabi to your sushi for a little more kick, but it is generally frowned upon to mix wasabi into your soy sauce.

Ginger is included as a palate cleanser and is typically eaten between pieces of sushi. Don’t ruin a good piece of sushi by slapping a sliver of ginger on it.


ALL FINISHED

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When you are absolutely stuffed, you can easily signal to your waiter that you are finished by resting your chopsticks across your soy sauce dish. Resting only the tips of the chopsticks signifies you are still eating, while placing them straight across signals you are finished.


DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY

We’ve presented a lot of “rules” but they are more just traditional guidelines. Feel free to break the rules if you want. The important thing is that you are enjoying sushi.