Every culture has its own social mores and customs regarding eating. For example, in the United States, it’s considered very poor manners to have your elbows on the table during a meal. In many middle eastern and African countries, eating with one’s left hand is considered impolite, as it’s usually associated with washing oneself. And when it comes to Japan, you better believe there is a right and wrong way to eat sushi. We’ll address these rules today, so you can eat like a seasoned veteran the next time you go out.
The Do’s of Sushi Eating
Traditionally, sushi is eaten with chopsticks. Believe it or not, these are optional and not a requirement for the table. No one will be offended if you forgo the eating utensil known as “little quick ones.”
While it might not be important what utensil you use, the rate at which you consume sushi is quite important. You’ll be eating your sushi at a traditional Japanese eatery, and that’s what the staff expects. Leaving your sushi unattended on your plate or put into a to-go box is disrespectful. A chef expects his patrons to chow down the minute their food arrives.
It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for cleanliness. Sushi prepared in a dirty location can lead to health hazards. A good sushi restaurant should smell good. It’s also recommended that you thoroughly wash your hands, as you might eat a good portion of your meal with them.
The Things You Don’t Do
Just as there are expected practices that you adhere to when eating sushi, there are also things you DO NOT DO. For starters, don’t rub them together if you decide to use chopsticks. This is a sign that they’re of low quality, and it’s disrespecting the chef and his staff. Sushi can taste impeccable with soy sauce, ginger, or wasabi. However, it’s advised that you use any sauces in limited amounts and in moderation.
Too much sauce is a sign that the chef’s skills are poor, and the bad taste needs to be covered up with sauce. Another sign of disrespect to a sushi restaurant is to use your chopstick to impale your sushi. Eat it with your hands or chopsticks, but do so in one bite.
Tsunami Sushi in Sarasota
Now that you’re caught up on sushi etiquette, why not try it on for size at Tsunami Sushi? As Sarasota’s favorite sushi establishment, you’ll find finely-crafted authentic Japanese cuisine. For a menu and more, visit us online or stop at our restaurant located at 100 Central Avenue in Downtown Sarasota!