For those who have never tried sushi, the idea of ordering and trying this favorite Japanese cuisine can be intimidating. However, there are some tips and tricks to make your first sushi experience one that will keep you coming back for more.

  • Start with the basics. If you’re new to sushi, it’s OK to try more “mainstream” varieties. I recommend anyone new to sushi try a California roll. It’s very common and is actually one of our best-selling rolls at Benihana.
  • It’s not all raw fish. There are plenty of sushi varieties that include cooked ingredients, such as our Shrimp Crunchy Roll. You don’t need to start raw right away. Sense a crave? Learn more or make a reservation today.
  • Use the wasabi and ginger on your plate – just not too much. The wasabi helps accentuate the flavors of the fish, but too much will kill the natural flavors. Eat the fresh ginger as a palate cleanser in between courses of different kinds of sushi and sashimi.
  • And use soy sauce sparingly. The biggest mistake I see is people dipping their rice into their soy sauce. This alters the flavor of the sushi as the rice absorbs the salt in the soy sauce. Use soy sauce lightly and dip only the fish into it, not the rice.
  • If you want to seem like an expert, eat your sushi in this order. After ordering your rolls from the sushi bar, I recommend starting with a little sake. Then have the miso soup. Once your sushi arrives, eat your sashimi course first followed by your sushi rolls.