Sushi 寿司

The Japanese cultural emblem


Sushi restaurants are multiplying in France, and the consumption of sushi has almost become second nature among our fellow citizens. However, sushi, the spearhead of Japanese culture abroad, remains an expensive and luxurious dish reserved for special occasions.


From 3 star sushi to 100 yen sushi

The government ends up banning these cheap sushi stands, and it is then that the discreet but luxurious restaurants make their appearance: the ryotei. Businessmen and politicians met there in the company of geisha, and consumed sushi at all costs until the end of the 20th century. Today, any citizen, with a well-filled wallet, can access this kind of restaurants, which sometimes even have Michelin stars.

It was chef Jiro and his restaurant in Ginza, immortalized in the documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" , who paved the way: he was the first restaurant serving exclusively sushi to win three stars from the famous guide. Of course, not everyone can afford a Michelin-starred restaurant, but don't panic: everywhere in Japan you will find sushi suitable for all budgets. Kaitensushi restaurants have even developed there , or "rolling sushi", the particularity of which is that the sushi rolls on a conveyor belt. Very popular because of the fun aspect of the service, these restaurants are also very accessible: 100 yen a pair! If the quality is not the same as that of more high-end restaurants, it will be noted that these sushi are good value for money.

Read : Kaitenzushi

jiro ono

Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in the world.

The Japan Times

Sushi, infinite variations

While high-end restaurants focus exclusively on sushi in its most traditional form, a ball of rice topped with fish or a raw shrimp, or even an omelette , that hasn't stopped sushi from be available in many forms: makizushi , fish surrounded by rice and a sheet of nori seaweed, temakizushi, a cone of nori filled with vinegared rice and fish,chirashizushi , a bowl of vinegared rice topped with several slices of raw fish, inarizushi , fried tofu filled with vinegared rice… Thus, depending on the region and the season, you will find local specialties all over Japan.

Read also: Ajigin, inari-zushi specialist


Maki peu traditionnels

Quite un-Japanese maki!


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