In Japan, sushi is one of life’s uncomplicated pleasures, but here in the states, “sushi snobs” can ruin that great experience. Don’t let their supposedly learned culinary rules spoil your fun. Here are some myths that those “experts” might want to rethink.
Myth #1: Sushi and sake always go together.
While the classic Japanese rice wine is an obvious option for pairing with sushi, it’s by no means the only one. In fact, traditionalists avoid sake during the main meal, because both sushi and sake are rice based, so the flavors are considered repetitive. (If you’d like to honor that tradition but still fit some sake into the meal, order it with your salad or soup.)
Water, juice or green tea are also good choices for those skipping alcohol. Otherwise, a Japanese beer, or a grape-based wine, from Shinto’s extensive drinks menu are great choices.
Myth #2: “Never on a Monday, a Monday….”
Ignore the old warnings about sushi being a poor restaurant selection at the beginning of the week. For one thing, fish deliveries are far more frequent than they used to be, so “old seafood” is a thing of the past.
At Shinto, Mondays are great days to order sushi, because specials abound. Look for half-off specialty rolls every Monday on selections that are normally $12 or more. Even better for a Monday deal? Add a six-piece sashimi or four-piece nigiri selection to any specialty roll, for just $5 more.
Myth #3: California rolls aren’t “real” sushi.
Don’t let their “inside-out” construction fool you. In fact, the Japanese word “sushi” references specially-seasoned, short-grained rice. That means that for the Japanese, anything that is made with rice seasoned in this manner is considered authentic sushi.
Myth #4: Those ginger “blossoms” are just there to make the dish pretty.
Sliced ginger, however artistically arranged, is a traditional — and useful — palate cleanser. Nibble it between different types of sushi to move from one fish flavor to the next with the utmost appreciation.
Myth #5: Chopsticks have splinters.
No, it’s not necessary to rub your chopsticks together to remove splinters! In fact, it’s poor etiquette. Not great with chopsticks? Chef Morimoto encourages you to eat sushi with your fingers.
Myth #6: If you have to ask, you just don’t get it.
The only good sushi is mysterious sushi? Not at Shinto! We welcome you to check out our sushi and other menus online and to ask our friendly staff for recommendations and about specials. Whether you’re not sure which imported beer is great for pairing with your selections, or how to set up a sushi-themed event, ask us. We love to share good food and to help make your evening truly special.