Ctripper: All you can eat and drink sushi—A conqueror’s guide

by Intern Diaries
Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
Ctrip Ctripper posts come to us directly from the good folks at Ctrip, China's top online travel services provider (and proud sponsor of ChinaTravel.net). Stay tuned for Ctrip special offers, travel tips, news on new travel deals, tours and activities, and slices of life-in-China from Ctrip staff and interns. Becca shares a fulfilling (literally) experience of sushi, Nanjing, and more sushi. Check out this feast! .... >>> [showtime] This weekend, I went on a school trip to Nanjing.  In addition to meeting with university students and exploring the memorial, I found what must be god’s gift to mankind: an all you can eat and drink sushi restaurant.  I’m not joking: the entire menu was available.  At first my friends and I were dubious.  After all, 150 RMB per person is more than I’ve paid for a meal here in who knows how long.  But after checking out the menu and considering how easy it would be to divide up the bill, we took the plunge.  In less than ten minutes, I knew we had made the right decision.  Our table was literally covered with sashimi, tempura, ice-cold asahi, and sake.  After the jump, check out my tips on how to get your RMB’s worth at a meal like this:

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
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