Sushi rolls on a plate

Each Wednesday our Deli features freshly made sushi for just $5! Here are a few tips for you when you’re ready to get your roll on:

1. It’s okay to use your hands! While not everyone knows how to properly use chopsticks, don’t let that keep you from enjoying some tasty sushi.  It’s perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your hands whether you’re at home or in a restaurant.

2. Eat each piece in one bite!  Though acceptable to eat it in two bites, it is considered rude to put a half-eaten piece of sushi back on your plate.  The rule of thumb is to finish what you pick up.

3. Use the blunt side of the chopsticks on a shared plate of sushi.

4. It’s okay to ask the chef what’s good!  In fact, it shows respect for what he or she does and that you trust their professional opinion.

5. Don’t put your ginger directly on your sushi!  The ginger is there to cleanse your palate between bites.

Some of our stores, including our location at 810 E. Washington Avenue in Madison, also feature poke bowls, which are rice bowls full of fresh fish and other toppings. Want to know if your area. Festival Food has poke bowls ready to go? Just call ahead to the Deli and ask!

Poke Bowls on a counter

The sushi available at Festival Foods stores typically falls into three categories. They are:

  1. Nigiri is a specific type of sushi consisting of a slice of raw fish over pressed vinegared rice.
  2. Maki-zushi means “roll sushi.” In this offering, the rice is located inside of the nori, which is the green seaweed-based covering.
  3. Uramaki  means “inside out sushi” and the rice is located on the outside of the nori.

Leery of grocery store sushi? Don’t be! Our rolls are downright tasty AND super fresh. The quality is outstanding and it’s made fresh often times right in front of you. Here’s a high-speed look at that sushi-making process: