For most people, the restaurant Sushiro is just another cheap place to eat sushi with friends and family. What Sushiro lacks in formality it makes up in ease and accessibility for me: a vegetarian, sushi loving, non-Japanese speaking foreigner.
I was introduced to Sushiro a few weeks after I arrived in Fukuoka. It was exciting to tap the screen and order all the sushi that I wanted. What was even more exciting was that with a touch of a button the screen converts from Japanese to English. I am now able to conveniently order the sushi that I want and I know exactly what I am eating.
Being a vegetarian in Japan is difficult. I enjoy eating Japanese food, but find it hard because I don’t always know what the ingredients are in the food. What Sushiro offers is a straightforward approach to vegetarian sushi that both tastes good and is easy on my wallet.
The next time you’re at Sushiro try switching the menu to English and see how you do!
The Sushi Lexicon
Nori・・Nori Seaweed harvested primarily off the coast of Japan, that is dried, roasted and pressed into sheets.
Sushi-zu・・ A special vinegar, with added sugar and salt, used to season the rice before making sushi.
Sashimi・・ Sliced raw fish without rice, sashimi should be eaten with chopsticks rather than fingers.
Nigiri sushi・・ A bite-size mound of rice with a similar-size piece of fish, shellfish or other topping.
Maki sushi (Rolled sushi)・・ A sheet of nori wrapped around rice and raw fish (or other fillings).
Temaki sushi (hand roll)・・A type of rolled sushi, where the nori wrapper is rolled around various fillings into a cone shape.
Chirashi sushi・・ Literally, “scattered sushi”; raw fish, vegetables and other toppings served over rice, most often in a bowl.
Omakase・・ The root word means “to trust”. The chef serves you whatever he or she recommends. No menus.