Sushi Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating Sushi in a Traditional Japanese Restaurant
Sushi is not just a food, it’s an art form that requires precision, patience, and a deep respect for tradition. If you’re dining in a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant, it’s important to understand the proper etiquette to fully appreciate and enjoy the experience. In this blog post, Masuta Japanese Fusion Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY will go over the do’s and don’ts of eating sushi in a traditional Japanese restaurant.
The Do’s of Eating Sushi:
- Do sit at the sushi bar: Sitting at the sushi bar is the best way to experience sushi. It allows you to watch the sushi chef at work and to ask any questions about the sushi you are eating.
- Do use chopsticks: While it’s acceptable to use your hands to eat sushi rolls, it’s more polite to use chopsticks for all other sushi dishes.
- Do eat the sushi in one bite: The sushi is designed to be eaten in one bite. It shows respect to the sushi chef and allows you to taste all the flavors of the sushi at once.
- Do use soy sauce sparingly: Dip the fish side of the sushi in soy sauce, not the rice. Use just enough soy sauce to enhance the flavor of the fish.
- Do say “itadakimasu” before eating: Itadakimasu means “I humbly receive” and is said before eating as a sign of appreciation for the food.
The Don’ts of Eating Sushi:
- Don’t mix wasabi in your soy sauce: The sushi chef has already added the appropriate amount of wasabi to the sushi. Mixing wasabi in your soy sauce is considered disrespectful and can ruin the taste of the sushi.
- Don’t add ginger to your sushi: Pickled ginger is meant to be eaten in between different types of sushi to cleanse the palate. It’s not meant to be eaten with sushi.
- Don’t blow on your sushi: Blowing on your sushi to cool it down is considered impolite. Allow the sushi to cool naturally or ask the sushi chef for a chilled dish.
- Don’t leave rice in your soy sauce dish: Leaving rice in your soy sauce dish is considered wasteful and shows disrespect to the sushi chef’s craftsmanship.
- Don’t forget to show appreciation: At the end of the meal, it’s customary to thank the sushi chef by saying “gochisosama deshita,” which means “thank you for the meal.”
By following these do’s and don’ts of sushi etiquette, you can fully appreciate and enjoy the experience of dining in a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. At Masuta Japanese Fusion Restaurant, we strive to uphold the tradition of sushi and hope you’ll join us in respecting the craft of our sushi chefs.