omakaseYou or your date has decided to go on a sushi date at your local Japanese restaurant. Along with the usual butterflies, whether you’re the planner or invitee, here are some things to take into consideration before you slip on that dress or your best sweater and walk out the door with that special someone.

Know the Basics

If you’ve never had sushi, you should know what you’re getting yourself into. First, sushi means that you will most likely be eating raw fish. Sushi isn’t “fishy” smelling or tasting and if it is, run! Sushi is clean and safe to eat and is made from the best cut of fish.

Soy Sauce, Wasabi, and Ginger

Next thing to know is what is served with sushi. Soy sauce is always available, but refrain from dousing your sushi roll with it; a sushi roll drowned in soy sauce reads unsophisticated, and uncultured. The “green stuff” is wasabi, a spicy, flavorful addition to any bite. Add with caution! A little bit goes a long way. The pink or tan strips next to the wasabi is ginger and is to be eaten, by itself, between eating each kind of sushi to cleanse the palate.


Sushi is eaten with chopsticks and each roll section eaten whole. Sushi can feel awkward to eat at first, but just practice and embrace it! If you dip your sushi roll in soy sauce, the sooner you eat it the better; the roll will begin to fall apart as soon as you dip it. Check out our previous blog for guidance on proper chop stick etiquette.

Before you go out on your sushi date, you must know the basics. Whether your date has had sushi before or not, you will appear knowledgeable, cultured, and sophisticated when you show you know what you’re doing. Stay tuned for Part 2 and come try the delicious eats at Sushi Joa, a Japanese restaurant in Kirkland!