Up Close and Personal at the Sushi Bar
Perhaps you’ve tried eating at a regular Japanese restaurant. Liking the experience but not knowing really much, here you are to take on the Sushi Bar by yourself. You don’t need to worry because chefs at the sushi bar are known to be helpful.
The bar is where the sushi chefs operate. When you sit at the bar, you get to see the chefs in action and can even engage them in conversation. You can ask the chef what sushi is in season so you get really fresh stuff. Or you might ask about what a newbie like yourself can enjoy. If you don’t want fish, you can say so.
You might think that all sushi is raw fish. No, really. In fact, the sushi bar might just have a few that are actually raw. The rest might look raw but they are already processed. Some are pickled, blanched, or soaked in rice wine and frozen. Ask the chef and order your sushi directly from him. For your other foods or soup and drinks, order from the servers.
You don’t get just one piece of sushi when you order. They usually come in pairs, like nigiri sushi – pieces of fish are laid on top of two balls of sushi rice, sometimes a slice of roasted nori binds the fish to the rice, to add flavor. Hosomaki contains little rice and nori is rolled on the outside, usually comes in 6 pieces.
The futomaki is thick rolled sushi with many ingredients and each piece is very large. Nori can be on outside or inside and come in 4 to 6 pieces. The uramaki is sometimes called inside-out roll where the nori is on the inside. This has become popular in sushi bars in the US and per order can be as few as 6 or as many as 8.
You can use chopsticks to pick up your sushi to eat but fingers are the Japanese norm. Use soy sauce sparingly, dipping the edge of the fish (not the rice portion) into it. Soaking your sushi in soy sauce is considered bad manners and you don’t want to insult the chef.
What to drink at the sushi bar? Sake is a traditional sushi bar drink, but is not consumed together with the sushi. They are not complementary as both are rice-based. A light Japanese beer, green tea or sparkling water would do very well.
Ready for Sushi at the Sushi Bar in Bellevue
Now you can tackle the world of sushi with confidence. Drop by at ours at the Sushi In Joy in Bellevue and you’ll have first-hand experience with a little help from our chef.