Sushi Etiquette: A Guide for Newcomers at Tsunami Sushi 

Welcome to the wonderful world of sushi! Tsunami Sushi, your friendly neighborhood Japanese restaurant in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch, is passionate about sharing the delicious and delicate art of sushi. Whether you’re a seasoned sushi pro or a curious newcomer, this guide will help you navigate your sushi experience with confidence.

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Relax and Enjoy the Experience!

First things first, sushi is meant to be fun and enjoyable. Don’t worry about following strict rules – our friendly staff is here to answer any questions you may have. At Tsunami Sushi, we embrace a welcoming atmosphere, so come as you are and get ready to tantalize your taste buds!

Utensils and Condiments

You’ll typically be provided with chopsticks at Tsunami Sushi. While mastering chopstick technique can take practice, don’t fret! Using your fingers is perfectly acceptable for picking up sushi.

Soy sauce is a popular condiment for sushi, but remember, a little goes a long way. Dip the fish side of your sushi briefly into the soy sauce, as the rice is already seasoned. A small dish of pickled ginger (gari) is another common accompaniment. Ginger serves as a palate cleanser between different types of sushi, allowing you to fully appreciate the unique flavors.

Eating Your Sushi

Most sushi pieces are designed to be eaten in one or two bites. This allows you to enjoy the perfect balance of flavors and textures – the fresh fish, savory rice, and a touch of wasabi (a green paste with a spicy kick).

For nigiri (sliced fish on pressed rice), flip the sushi piece upside down and take a bite, ensuring you get a bit of both the fish and the rice. Maki rolls (seafood and vegetables rolled in seaweed) can be enjoyed in one or two bites depending on their size.

Pro Tip: Wasabi is already incorporated into some sushi. If you prefer a little more heat, you can add a dab of wasabi from the provided mound to the fish side of your sushi before dipping it in soy sauce.

What to Avoid:

  • Drenching your sushi in soy sauce – the delicate flavors of the fish can be easily overwhelmed.
  • Overhandling sushi – pick it up gently and avoid squeezing it.
  • Wasting Wasabi – a small amount goes a long way!
  • Mixing soy sauce and wasabi together – they are meant to be enjoyed separately.

Embrace the Adventure!

Tsunami Sushi offers a wide variety of sushi options, from classic nigiri to specialty rolls. Don’t be afraid to try something new! Our menu descriptions will guide you, and our staff is always happy to recommend dishes based on your preferences.

With a relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and this handy guide, you’re all set to experience the joy of sushi at Tsunami Sushi. So come visit us at our locations in Sarasota or Lakewood Ranch, and embark on a delightful culinary adventure!

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