1. No rice, no soup. Avoid filling your belly up with simple starch by skipping the sushi rolls in favor of sashimi. And soup? Are you kidding me?
2. Bring your friends. Not only does this make the whole meal more jovial, but in my experience many restaurants have private rooms for bigger groups. This ensures no bystanders get too jealous about the ridiculous amount of food you are consuming and you can be as loud as you like (especially important once the sake starts flowing).
3. Five is greater than one. Don’t be afraid to order multiple of one dish. Yes, you can eat 6 orders of tuna sashimi, as long as you have enough wasabi. And take turns ordering. You’ll constantly have new plates coming out and a chance to sample different people’s favorites.
4. Make toasts! In addition to making the meal feel like a banquet, this ensures you get the most of the all-you-can-drink part of the deal. Serious toasts work, but I’d recommend silly ones too—toast your cat, the friends you are with, and the waitresses who keep bringing you pounds of raw fish.
5. Try new things. Horse meat? Sure! If you don’t like it, you won’t feel guilty about not eating it.
6. Don’t forget about drinks and dessert. Most sushi restaurants have all kinds of fruit juices (I’d recommend watermelon or cucumber) and desserts (mango pudding anyone?) to finish off your meal.
7. Don’t let the party stop when you’re done eating. Head somewhere with great music and no cover so you can dance away all you’ve just eaten without wanting a single drink.Alright, young grasshopper, think you’re ready to eat and drink your heart away? Check out our recommendations below. -Becca