Chefs reveal the best and worst things to order at a sushi restaurant - Sake Rok Las Vegas

Chefs reveal the best and worst things to order at a sushi restaurant


  • Insider asked chefs about some of the best and worst foods to order at a sushi restaurant.
  • Chefs recommended that diners order dishes with uni (the edible part of a sea urchin) or mackerel as they can be delicious but difficult to prepare at home.
  • The experts said you might not want to order tempura-fried dishes or nightly fish specials since they may not be made using the freshest ingredients.
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Sushi originated in Japan and it is now a global culinary phenomenon that can be enjoyed around the world.

Since sushi is a broad dish, some restaurants that serve it have massive menus with plenty of options – and it can sometimes be tough to know what to get.

And so, Insider spoke with chefs to learn what’s always worth ordering at a sushi restaurant and which menu items you may want to steer clear of.

Diners should start their meal off with miso soup to judge a restaurant’s quality.

Sung Park, master sushi chef at Sake Rok in Las Vegas, told Insider that ordering a bowl of this umami, soy-based soup from is actually a good way to judge the caliber of a sushi restaurant.

“If the restaurant has good miso soup it is usually a good indicator that the sushi will be good. A lot of times miso soup gets overlooked” said Park.

Park also mentioned that because miso soup is a lighter dish, it may be a good way to start a meal if you’re looking to avoid overindulging in heavier fare later on.

At a sushi-centric restaurant, seaweed salad is often a better option than mixed greens.

Park explained that seaweed is a great menu pick and diners at sushi-centric restaurants are often better off ordering that instead of a regular, leafy salad.

“Seaweed is another staple in Asian cuisine. If you’re fully exploring the culture, I advise ordering seaweed salad over mixed greens because it is nutritious and delicious,“ said Park.

Some sushi restaurants may also offer strips of dried seaweed topped with salt and sugar, which can be perfect for snacking on as an appetizer.

Consider avoiding tempura-fried dishes, which may sometimes be cooked in old oil.

Tempura-fried foods are made by coating ingredients in a special batter and frying them in oil – but these dishes aren’t always fresh or light.

“You never truly know when the oil has been changed in a restaurant that serves fried food,“ said Park, adding that you should especially avoid fried, tempura dishes if you’re trying to follow a lighter diet.