Eat like a native.
Sushi is probably the most famous type of Japanese food- and one of the most delicious.
Interested in trying sushi? Amnet's concierge service can make reservations and recommendations.
A bar-style restaurant where you sit along the counter (or a table) and order directly to the sushi chef. You can order one sushi at a time, or say "omakase" which means, "I'll have anything you recommend."
These places tend to be very expensive, so you might want to try their lunch menu which is much more affordable but tastes just as good.
Many traditional sushi bars are also often well known along locals but difficult to just walk into. Let Amnet's concierge service help you find the perfect sushi bar for you to enjoy.
This is the same as a traditional sushi bar, but standing. Great for a quick bite. You will be ordering your food to the chef standing behind the counter. They will usually have the menu and specialties of the day written on the walls, but if you can't read, you can always point at the ingredients you see in the glass windows. Some sushi will come in two pieces, but some just one.
Kaiten-sushi is a type of sushi bar where the sushi rotates around on a conveyor belt and you take what you want. You can make individual orders from a touchscreen menu too.
Green tea, soy sauce, wasabi, and gari (pickled ginger) are all right in front of you.
Scoop one spoonful of tea powder. Push the black button with your cup. Be careful, it is super hot!
Some sushi bars will serve your sushi on a large bamboo leaf placed in front of you. Just leave it there, and he will keep placing your ordered sushi there.
At rotating sushi restaurants, the color or pattern on the dish indicate either the price or whether or not the sushi includes wasabi.
Most sushi places with a rotating conveyor belt will have a touch screen above each table, and you can make specific orders from there.
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If you can't find the sushi you want to eat on the conveyor, you can make an individual order. When your order is ready, sometimes it will be delivered to your table on a bullet train!
In Japan, usually payments are not made at the table, but in the front of the restaurant.
At kaiten-zushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurants, the number of plates you have eaten must be counted, and then you will receive the check.
Sushi with the fish on top.
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A type of sushi where the seaweed is rolled horizontally around the rice.
A hand-rolled sushi, shaped like an ice cream cone.
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Inari is where sushi rice is stuffed in a pouch made from aburaage (sweet fried tofu).
Futomaki is a kind of maki-zushi but thicker, with more ingredients, usually with sweet omelette and oshinko.
Chirashi is vinegar rice is served in a dish, and topped with a variety of sashimi.
These are smaller-than-regular, bite-sized sushi.
Oshi-zushi is sushi made from rice pressed in a box or mold.
Rice used for sushi, flavored with vinegar and sugar.
The sushi topping, which is usually raw seafood.
Daikon (Japanese radish) chopped into threads, usually placed next to sashimi for decoration.
Thinly sliced ginger pickled in vinegar and sugar. This helps as an antiseptic for your stomach, and at the same time works as a palate cleanser in between eating different types of sushi.
Sheets of dried nori seaweed.
Soy sauce is sometimes called murasaki.
Wasabi, Horseradish. Sometimes called namida.
This means "no wasabi". Mention this word when you don't want wasabi in your sushi.
Sashimi marinated in soy sauce.
An omelette, flavored with fish broth and sugar.
Cucumber rolled sushi.
Pickles. Sushi with pickles rolled inside are called oshinko-maki.
This is used as a dish to place sushi on. Geta is the name of the traditional wooden clogs.
Hot green tea.
Oaiso onegaishimasu = Check please!
White meat fish.
ex) Yellowtail, sea bass, turbot, sea bream
Red meat fish.
ex) Fatty tuna, medium fatty tuna, tuna, bonito
Sashimi with silvery skin left on.
ex) Mackerel, Horse mackerel, Sardine etc...
Grilled or seared fish, seafood or meat in sushi.
ex) Eel, Sea eel
ex) Shrimp, Egg, Herring roe, Octopus, Squid, Scallop
Sushi with the seaweed rolled horizontally.
ex) Salmon roe, Sea urchin, Negitoro
ex) Tekka, Kappa, Oshinko, Natto etc...