Visiting a Japanese restaurant or buffet for sushi is more than just a meal—it’s a complete dining experience. Whether you are completely new to sushi or you regularly order fresh seafood rolls, check out this guide to familiarize yourself with traditional Japanese etiquette and the proper sushi eating technique:
When you arrive at a Japanese sushi and seafood restaurant, you may be welcomed with a traditional Japanese greeting of “irasshaimase.” No response is required—you may simply smile and nod to acknowledge that you have been welcomed. If you want to watch your sushi being prepared, consider asking for a seat at the sushi bar, where you will have a good view of the chef.
Many sushi newcomers find that ordering a variety of pieces or selecting pieces from a buffet is a great introduction to Japanese cuisine. Vegetarians may opt for cucumber or avocado rolls served with only vegetables, sushi rice, and seaweed. Nigiri is a popular dish that consists of a hand-formed bed of rice and a thin piece of fresh, raw fish. Sashimi allows the freshness of the seafood to truly shine, as this delicacy consists of only raw fish without rice. Maki is the general term for sushi rolls made of seafood, vegetables, seaweed, and rice.
When you eat sushi, it’s important to use chopsticks properly. The proper technique involves holding the upper chopstick with your index finger, middle finger, and thumb. Place the other chopstick between the bottom of your thumb and the tip of your ring finger. To pick up a sushi roll, simply move the upper chopstick while holding the bottom chopstick firmly in place.
Here at Mizuumi Buffet of Union City, our friendly wait staff and expert chefs are proud to offer superior customer service and the freshest selection of sushi and seafood. Our buffet is open seven days a week from 11am-10pm. To inquire about pricing, menus, and special events, call (510) 324-3999 today.