Sushi Date Night at Home

Posted: Jul 11 2016

Looking to try something new for a fun date night experience? Why not spend the evening at home with your significant other making sushi? OK, before you start second-guessing your sushi-rolling skills, take a deep cleansing breath and repeat: フォーチュンは常に笑いと家に来ます。(Fortune will always come in to a house with laughter.)  Now prepare for an evening of fun, laughter—and sushi!

Honestly, sushi is surprisingly easy to make, and especially fun to make with your partner. Plan ahead, you’ll want to get the freshest sashimi, tuna, and other ingredients you can find. has everything you’ll need for your evening of sushi romance, including the nori, rice pillows, and wasabi. 

Plan ahead – watch a few basic sushi making videos on YouTube for inspiration— pick up some basic techniques by watching closely. Decide what types of fish or seafood you like best, and determine which way you prefer it served. Select a few basic sushi recipes to work with. Pick up a bottle or two of sake while you’re out shopping.

On date night, you will want to set the mood.

Put on some mood music, by artists like “Chemistry,” Okinawan singer Natsukawa Rimi or Shamisen duo Yoshida Brothers. Set the table, beginning with your centerpiece. One or two artificial (or real, if you can find them) cherry blossom branches set in a simple vase and a Japanese inspired paper parasol will add charm to the table. Add a few candles to enhance the evening’s romance.

If you’re going for ambience, some Japanese tableware is a nice touch. Set your table with Japanese plates (which are usually rectangular) and Japanese bowls, which tend to be smooth, round, and small in size so that they can easily be picked up to eat or drink from. Chopsticks and chopstick rests, and a sake carafe (tokkuri) will make your table look and feel fun and authentic. Mix and match colors and designs to make your sushi dinner table inviting. Of course, you can use your own table wear if you’d prefer. Sushi is delicious no matter what it’s served on.

The correct cup for sake depends on who you ask. While some insist on a small handle-free type called an ochoko, or a sakazuki (a flat saucer-like cup), or a masu (a wooden box-like cup), a wine glass, while not traditional, is technically the best choice for drinking sake. Designed to allow the drinker to see the color and to experience all facets of the aroma, a wine glass allows for complete enjoyment of sake. Use traditional sake cups when you want an authentic feel, but go for stemware when you want to fully enjoy your sake.

Light candles for added romance.

Now, here’s what to do next:

Gather your tools and your favorite sushi ingredients. You’ll need bamboo rollers (one is fine if you don’t mind sharing), a sashimi knife, or the equivalent (a long, very sharp knife should do the trick), nori sheets, sushi rice, soy sauce and wasabi.

With sushi, like any cooking, the best ingredients provide the best results. For great-tasting sushi, the most scrutiny should be given to your fish. Sushi-grade fish is going to be your best choice for both taste and safety.

Additional ingredients are all about what you like. Crab meat, toasted sesame seeds, carrots, cucumber, avocado, shitake mushrooms, daikon radishes—you know what you like best. Serve some pickled ginger on the corner of your sushi tray to cleanse the palate, and soy sauce in a small bowl for dipping.

Now have fun with it! Sushi making is a great way to spend an evening together. Relax and don't take yourselves too seriously. Sushi chefs can tell you, their techniques take a long time to master, but you’ll enjoy the sushi rolling failures regardless. It may get messy, and that’s OK as long as you’re enjoying the experience. Challenge each other to a sushi rolling competition, and don’t forget to toast each other each time you refill the sake glasses.

To find all the finest sushi-grade fish and ingredients you’ll need for a sushi date night, visit

  1. Bluefin Chutoro 最高級中トロ
  2. Bluefin Otoro 最高級大トロ
  3. Masago (Capelin Roe) まさご (3.5 oz)


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