Escape the boring routine of going to the same restaurants over and over by finding a new San Jose restaurant! Japanese eateries offer a tasty selection of foods including sushi, which features a variety of fish, vegetables, and other delicious ingredients. Use this guide to prepare for your first visit to a sushi restaurant:
What is Sushi?
The word sushi is used to refer to a number of different foods, most commonly foods that use rice cooked with rice vinegar. Many types of sushi feature raw fish and other types of seafood, but some varieties use cooked fish or just vegetables. Raw fish on its own is called sashimi. Raw fish served on top of sushi rice is called nigiri. Raw fish, cooked fish, or vegetables can be combined inside of sushi rice and nori to create sushi rolls.
How Do You Order?
You can order sushi as an appetizer or side dish or enjoy it as a meal on its own! If you are preparing for your first trip to a sushi restaurant, try ordering a few sushi rolls along with a cooked dish that you know you like. This will give you an introduction to sushi without making you stray completely from the menu items you already find delicious. If you are dining with a group, you can order a variety of rolls and types of nigiri to share as a table.
How Do You Eat it?
You will likely notice chopsticks on your place setting when dining at a Japanese restaurant. These utensils can be used to help you eat your meal but they are not always necessary. Chopsticks should always be used when eating sashimi. If you order nigiri or sushi rolls, you can use chopsticks or even use your fingers!
What are the Condiments?
Soy sauce is regularly found on tabletops inside Japanese restaurants. When ordering sushi, you will also see some other condiments that can enhance your dining experience. Wasabi—the green stuff—is similar to horseradish and adds a kick. Pickled ginger—the pink or white stuff—is provided as a palate cleanser to eat in-between different types of sushi.