How to Chat at a Sushi Bar
Part of the Sushi For Dummies Cheat Sheet
If a Japanese-speaking sushi chef is behind the sushi counter, these ten brief Japanese expressions will come in handy and make you a very welcome guest. Stress each syllable equally and you’ll be set.
Hai (hah-ee): Yes.
Iie (eee-eh): No.
Konnichiwa (kohn-nee-chee-wah): Hello (in the afternoon).
Kombanwa (kohm-bahn-wah): Hello (in the evening).
Omakase ni shite kudasai (oh-mah-kah-seh nee shee-teh koo-dah-sah-ee): Please, you (the sushi chef) choose.
Kyo wa nani ga ii desuka (kyohh wah nah-nee gah eee deh-soo-kah)?: What’s good today?
(Maguro) o kudasai (mah-goo-roh oh koo-dah-sah-ee): I’d like to have tuna, please. (Substitute other choices for maguro, the word for tuna.)
Oishii! (oh-ee-sheee): Delicious!
Kampai! (kahm-pah-ee): Cheers! (Said as a toast.)
Domo (dohh-moh): Thank you.