Six things you don't know about sushi etiquette

Ditch the chopsticks if you want to blend in - really

Six things you don't know about sushi etiquette

1 Ditch the chopsticks
Popularised as a Tokyo street food, sushi is still commonly eaten with the hands in Japan. Be prepared for sticky fingers.

2 Dip in
When eating nigiri, dip the seafood topping only – not the rice – into your soy sauce. Once saturated with salty soy, the rice pellets won’t hold together for long.

3 Be cool
Room-temperature rice has the best texture for sushi making, and it helps to bring out the flavour of the other ingredients. Fridge-cold rice becomes hard as bullets.

4 Don’t eat gingerly
To cleanse your palate between sushi pieces, nibble on a slice of pickled ginger. Eating it at the same time as an outstanding piece of fish or seafood just masks the flavour.

5 Down it in one
If you can’t fit a whole nigiri into your mouth without flashing your molars at fellow diners, the chef’s been too generous. They should be one-bite-sized.

6 Shell out!
You generally get what you pay for with sushi. A supermarket or chain café might be cheap, but if you want to know what sushi culture’s really about, you’ll need to save up and go somewhere a little more special.

More from Restaurants

From famous street food like vada pav to comfort home food like biryanis, there’s plenty to try

Guest chef Javier Aranda brings traditional recipes from the culinary hotspots of the Iberian Peninsula to El Faro

Chicken souvlaki, barbecue ribs, mussels and much more

We’ve picked the best dining deals you should check out this month

Make your way to Mosaic
Sponsored

Check out brand-new restaurant Mosaic serving an eclectic collection of cuisines

We check out the churrascaria here after a recent facelift

Newsletters

Follow us