It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran in AYCE (All you can eat) sushi, there are always things you outta try on the menu. You might know a lot of these, but do you always order the same thing every time you’re there? Sometimes it’s not worth trying every single thing on the menu to determine what you like.
Our food connoisseurs at Destination Femme have scouted over 10 sushi all-you-can-eat restaurants for the best items to order, and we’re going to tell you the secrets to ordering the best bang for your buck. We have a list of our top 10 favorite dishes at AYCE restaurants. Of course, these choices are highly subjective due to the restaurants we went to, so your own restaurant may have their own specialties to try.
(Warning: Not all restaurants may contain these items! Be sure to check your menu beforehand.)
We love appetizers. Waiting for the actual meal may get long and tedious, why not have something to chew on while waiting? Be sure to not order too much or you’ll get too full for your actual meal!
We love edamame because it tastes good and is healthy for you. It doesn’t fill you up and it’s a good beginning dish. It’s high in carbs, protein and fiber (all part of a nutritious meal!) What are they? They are boiled and salted soy bean pods. They taste a lot better than they sound. Read this for all the health benefits of edamame.
Green Onion/Asparagus Beef Roll
These are not available at every location, but when we see it, it’s really quite a treat! They are asparagus/green onion with shittake mushrooms wrapped in a delicious sizzling beef. If done right, the beef is so tender and melts in your mouth. It goes really well with the mushrooms and asparagus/green onion. We highly recommend taking this for an appetizer!
Sashimi is a cut of raw fish eaten with soy sauce and wasabi. It’s probably what we all come to AYCE sushi for. You can tell how good a restaurant is by the quality and cut of their sashimi — the fresher the better.
Salmon sashimi is the one thing restaurants don’t want you ordering too much of — they’re pricey and they don’t fill you up much! If you’ve never had sashimi before, it’s cold, raw fish. But don’t get turned off by that — we all eat oysters don’t we? If you buy sashimi at a regular price, they come to about $1 per piece. It’s worth ordering as much of this as you can! They are hard to make at home due to the freshness of the fish — they typically last a day to be considered good for eating raw. Be sure you trust the restaurant you’re eating at to serve fresh sashimi. If properly cared for, salmon sashimi is a great low-calorie source of protein, and high in omega 3 acids which help to decrease cholesterol and lower high blood pressure.
Butterfish sashimi is the one that people mistakenly think as tuna. It doesn’t have a very distinct taste, but it does melt in your mouth like butter. We leave a word of warning for those that are determined to fulfill your AYCE platter with this: do not over eat this! There have been reports of people.. oozing out yellow oil if consumed at a large amount (more than 6oz). It is so delicious though so we leave it at one of the top picks for sashimi.
Sushi is a layer of fish on top of rice, sometimes wrapped around in the middle with seaweed.
We left one sushi pick on the menu because we think everything else is better suited for sashimi, just because eating too much rice will fill you up too fast. Unagi is definitely the one sushi you must order. Not many restaurants will serve unagi by itself, because it’s a valuable dish. What exactly is unagi? Barbecued eel! With the right sauce + soy sauce, this sushi platter will be sure to satisfy your taste buds.
There are so many choices to pick from, and each variation of ingredients create a different experience. They may not be authentic Japanese recipes, but they’re always fun to try.
Golden Dragon Roll
This roll may be a specialty roll in some places, but it’s a really good treat if you can find it. What it’s typically made with: rice, cucumber, avocado, unagi, shrimp tempura, and topped with mango slices. It’s sweet and sour and crunchy from the tempura pieces! A typical roll by itself costs $6-10.
Green Dragon Roll
What’s in it: rice, avocado, eel, crab sticks, seasame seeds, roe, and shrimp tempura (occasionally). This is similar to the golden dragon roll, except it has avocado instead of mango pieces on top. It’s less sweet, but really crunchy and savory. This and the golden roll above really depend on what restaurant you’re getting it from — we’ve had some hits and misses.
What’s in it: deep fried shell crab, cucumber, avocado, radish, spicy sauce. They get the name from the way they can be positioned so that the crab legs look almost like “spider legs”. (Don’t ask us why they associated a bug to this food!) The name may not be appeasing but the taste will certainly change your mind.
What’s in it: halibut/red snapper/bass, tuna, salmon, yellow tail, avocado, California roll. This is a spiced up California roll (if you enjoy California rolls, you’ll definitely loved this). Instead of having just a plain California roll, it has different types of fish layered on top to create the illusion of a “rainbow”.
If you want something that’s not cold, get this! We advise not to get too many or else it’ll fill you up fast.
Yam & Shrimp Tempura
Tempura is the Japanese way of deep frying foods. They are battered with a special tempura mixture (soft wheat flour and cold water). The batter is lightly crispy and it flakes off in your mouth! The best ones to order (in our opinion) are the shrimp and yam ones. They are usually dipped in a special tempura sauce, made of mirin (Japanese sweet wine) and soy sauce.
What’s your favorite thing to order at AYCE sushi?
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