1. Don’t Drown Your Sushi
Presumably, you ordered your sushi because you enjoy its delicate flavor and unique textures. Submerging your sushi is a bowl of soy sauce will overwhelm your palate and completely cover up the flavor. A decadent and an expensive piece of fish will wind up tasting the same as a budget dish. On a similar subject, the dish for your soy sauce should never be filled to the brim. Just add a little, and refill as needed. Additionally, never dip the side of the sushi with rice into the sauce. Not only is it bad etiquette, the sauce can cause the rice to fall apart before it gets to your mouth.
2. Do Use Chopsticks
The little bamboo sticks that are so difficult to figure out are meant to be used. Would you eat with your fingers when dining at an upscale restaurant? Of course not! The same goes for eating sashimi or sushi. Use the chopsticks for their intended purpose.
3. Do Use The Ginger Properly
Fresh or pickled ginger often accompanies most sushi dishes and is meant to cleanse your palate as you sample the different types of sushi or cuts of fish and to refresh your mouth after the meal. Piling it on the top of your sushi will ruin the flavor and overwhelm the taste of the actual sushi.
4. Do Not Take Multiple Bites
This is an easy mistake to make, especially when confronted with a sushi piece that is a little bit on the larger side. However, breaking the sushi not only causes a big mess, it’s also poor etiquette. Good quality sushi should be small enough that it can be consumed in a single bite. Yes, this means that the “Monster Roll” you bought from the deli counter of your grocery store is not considered quality sushi.
5. Do Diversify Your Order
People who are new to sushi often stick to rolls, considered by most to be a safe and tasty bet. Experienced sushi aficionados know that each type of fish has its own distinct flavor and enjoy the delicate variance of this, not how much rice or nori is present in a particular roll. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t order rolls! However, next time you decide to enjoy some sushi, consider branching out of your comfort zone.
6. Don’t Order Sushi With “Fun,” Gimmicky Names
Authentic sushi restaurants wouldn’t be caught dead serving a spicy Mexican roll or Crazy Dragon dish. The same goes for sushi rolls named after U.S. states. Does it look like an ingredient is an unorthodox choice? You are probably right.
7. Do Eat Rolls First
This is less of an etiquette issue, and more of a practical one. Hand rolls such as maki rolls are made using a sheet of nori wrapped around sushi rice and different fillings. The nori (seaweed) is crisp and crunchy, so you should eat them first if you want to ensure they don’t have a chance to become soggy as they sit on your plate.
8. Don’t Eat Sushi On Sunday
Avoid going out for sushi on Sunday if you want to ensure you get the freshest fish. Most restaurants do not receive deliveries on Sundays, and sometimes not Saturdays either. Quality sushi places often close on Mondays so they can receive their deliveries then.
9. Don’t Eat Most Freshwater Fish
Research is starting to show that freshwater fish may be unsafe to eat raw, and may contain parasites. However, since the studies are still new and ongoing, some people debate this point. However, it might be a good idea to exercise caution, just in case.
10. Do Avoid All-You-Can-Eat Joints
There is a good reason these all-you-can-eat places seem like such a bargain. Unless you enjoy subpar sushi and risking food poisoning, avoid buffet-style all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants.
11. Do Not Overdo The Wasabi
Despite what you may have seen your friends do, you should not add your wasabi to your soy sauce dish. If you enjoy the extra kick wasabi adds to your sushi, add it directly do the fish instead of just dumping it into your sauce.
12. Don’t Order Sushi As Take-Out
For the most part, delivery and takeout sushi is lower in quality than what you find when you actually eat in a restaurant. In fact, most high-end sushi places will not even offer the option of delivery or takeout. Why is this? The time it takes to get the sushi to your home means it isn’t fresh and won’t be as satisfying than sushi that is made moments before reaching your table.