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Whether you have never eaten sushi before or you consider yourself well-versed in this traditional Japanese delicacy, it can sometimes be confusing to encounter a sushi menu. Every Japanese restaurant is a little bit different from the rest, and may present its dishes with names that you are not used to seeing. That’s why Kyoto Palace of San Jose has put together this helpful guide for you to use when you are trying to decode the different types of sushi. Keep reading to learn how to crack the sushi code.
While most people think of raw fish when they think of sushi, not all forms of sushi have to involve seafood. Vegetarians will be happy to see inari on the menu, which is fried tofu skin wrapped around sushi rice. This simple yet savory and delicious sushi item is excellent when paired with a bit of soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger.
Maki rolls are some of the most common sushi rolls, and can be very simple or have many different ingredients. Maki rolls are cylindrical, and cut into smaller pieces for easy eating. Nori, or seaweed, is wrapped around rice and a variety of other ingredients such as tuna, cucumber, avocado, shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and crab—just to name a few. If you are new to eating sushi, maki rolls offer an excellent way to venture into eating raw fish.
The fish is the highlight of the dish when you order nigiri sushi. A hand-formed lump of rice is topped with a bit of wasabi and then draped with seafood or vegetables. Tuna, salmon, and shrimp are all common in nigiri.
When you order sashimi at a Japanese restaurant, there’s nothing to get in the way of you and the fresh taste of seafood. Sashimi is sliced raw seafood artfully arranged on a plate with garnishes such as shiso leaves or even lemon. The delicate taste of raw seafood can truly be savored when you eat sashimi.
At Kyoto Palace, we are happy to offer a variety of sushi choices to please every palate. Call us at (408) 340-7008 to make a reservation at our Campbell restaurant. You’ll soon discover why we are considered one of the best Japanese steakhouses in the area.
Last updated 10 days ago
When you go out to eat at a delicious Japanese steakhouse, you may find yourself wanting an adult beverage to pair with your meal. While beer, wine, and cocktails go well with Japanese food, drinking sake will give you a complete Japanese experience. There are many different varieties of sake, and it is a drink that can be even more complex than fine wines. You may have heard a number of rumors about sake, some of which are not true. Keep reading to break down some of these common myths about sake.
Sake Should Always Be Served Hot
Many people who have ordered sake at Japanese restaurants are surprised to have it arrive at the table warm or hot. While some sakes are better when consumed at a warmer temperature, not all are this way. Many high-quality sakes should be served on the colder side, but not quite icy cold. Both long-term heating and long-term refrigeration can take away from the delicate flavor and nuance of sake, so be wary when ordering hot sake at a restaurant.
Sake Is a Rice Wine
In an effort to categorize sake into an easily recognizable group, the drink is often referred to as a rice wine, which is not entirely accurate. Sake is also not a spirit, and is actually closest to beer in the way that it is brewed. Connoisseurs believe that sake should be in its own category, as it is too distinct to be labeled as anything else.
You Should Drink Sake from Shot Glasses
It is true that sake is delicious no matter what sort of vessel it is served in. However, drinking sake from a shot glass can encourage people to down it quickly, as though it were something unpleasant that doesn’t need to be tasted. Good sake should be sipped and savored no matter what style of glass you’re using. Remember that it is considered good manners to top off your companion’s drink at a restaurant, and that he or she should return the favor to you.
The most important rule of sake to remember is that it should be something you enjoy! Kyoto Palace in Campbell offers many delicious sakes to complement your Japanese steakhouse meal. Contact us at (408) 340-7008 with any questions about our menu, or to make your reservation.
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Valentines is THIS Friday!!! Have you made your reservations with us? RSVP today to make sure you and your loved one have a wonderful Valentine's Night!
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Have you made your Valentine's Day reservations? Come and dine with us! Join us on Valentine's Day for a special menu including champagne and roses for everyone that joins us on Valentine's! RSVP today!