A beginner’s guide to sushi

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Downtown Market

Are you new to sushi? Have you tried sushi before and can’t understand what all of the fuss is all about? Regardless of what your opinion is, the sushi craze isn’t going anywhere soon. If you’re ready to try sushi for the first time or give it another shot, we have a few tips for you.

Know the basics.

Let’s start by reviewing a few popular forms of sushi:


The most familiar sushi option is the roll, known as maki in Japanese. Maki primarily consists of a filling that can include fish and veggies and sushi rice rolled in dried seaweed (called nori) and then cut into six or eight pieces. When the rice is on the outside of the roll it is called uramaki. Eating maki is a great way to start your sushi journey.


Once you have conquered maki, you might find that you like nigiri as well. Nigiri features a little pile of sushi rice topped off with a slice of fish, usually held together by a dab of wasabi. If you’ve been struggling with your chopsticks, no need to worry! Nigiri is traditionally eaten by hand.


Sashimi might be considered an “advanced” sushi dish because it doesn’t include rice. Sashimi is slim slices of raw fish. Sashimi is eaten with chopsticks and is perfect for the sushi aficionado who enjoys raw fish.

Bring a friend.

Have a friend who always has a sushi craving? Bring someone who eats sushi often and can recommend different rolls to you. You don’t have to commit to one roll. Order a few and share with a friend!

Incorporate what you like.

Are you an avocado lover? Do you prefer salmon to tuna? Most rolls have descriptions so you know what’s inside. Try and pick a roll that incorporates a few ingredients that you love.

Ask the expert.

If you’re unsure of what to order, sit at the sushi bar and ask! The employees of the sushi restaurant should be able to guide you. The sushi experts at Sushi Market welcome new customers and are happy to help answer any questions you may have. Sushi Market serves sushi, maki rolls, sashimi, and seaweed salad, all made fresh and on site, as well as mochi and Japanese soda. Sushi Market is co-owned by Shun Chen, Johnny Lin, and Wen Wang. Shun Chen is the owner of Fuji Yama, a popular Japanese restaurant on East Beltline in Grand Rapids.

Don’t be intimidated by sushi, try it here at the Downtown Market! Sushi Market is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Sushi Market offers lunch specials, featured rolls, catering, and much more. Learn more about Sushi Market here.