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The 50 Best Sushi Bars in America

The 50 Best Sushi Bars in America

It wasn’t so long ago that sushi was still considered an exotic delicacy by many, one too strange and outside the box to pay much attention to. Today, however, there are sushi restaurants across America of just about every stripe, from holes in the wall turning out decent California rolls and tuna nigiri to sprawling emporiums run by internationally renowned chefs, and from cozy neighborhood favorites to upscale counters that might as well be temples to fish and rice. There are some amazing sushi restaurants in America, and this is our third annual ranking of the nation's best.

The 50 Best Sushi Bars in America (Slideshow)

First, a little history: In the eighth century, a new way of preserving fish was developed in Southeast Asia, a process in which whole fish were salted and wrapped in fermented rice. The primary purpose of the rice was to prevent the fish from spoiling (it was thrown away before the fish was eaten) — but over the years, fermentation time decreased and people began eating the rice along with the fish. Eventually fermentation was done away with all together, and the rice was treated with vinegar instead (the classic written form of the word sushi meant “sour-tasting”). By the early 1800s, sushi had become something of a fast food in Tokyo; chef Hanaya Yohei is generally regarded as having invented “modern-style” sushi at this time, although his fish was generally marinated in soy sauce or lightly cooked to prevent spoilage. Inexpensive sushi stands proliferated, and when they were outlawed by the government because of sanitation issues, the chefs took to opening restaurants instead.

Sushi finally made its way across the Pacific in 1966, when Noritoshi Kanai and business partner Harry Wolff opened Kawafuku in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. It was a huge success with Japanese businessmen, who introduced sushi to their American colleagues. Four years later, Osho opened in Hollywood and became popular with celebrities and other movers and shakers. The trend caught on in New York and Chicago, and it took its first major strides toward becoming mainstream when the California roll, the cuisine’s first attempt at “Americanization,” was invented — most likely in 1973 at a Los Angeles restaurant called Tokyo Kaikan by a chef named Ichiro Mashita. Obviously, LA's contribution to sushi culture in America can’t be overstated.

As with most of the finer things in life, the more you look into sushi, the more you realize how much there is to learn. For many, the boundaries of sushi don’t extend far beyond a slice of fish on a small slab of rice, or rolled up with rice and seaweed, best complemented by some soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. And that’s perfectly fine; at the vast majority of America’s sushi restaurants, that’s all that’s available, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the deeper you delve into sushi, the more you uncover. Words like sashimi, nigiri, maki, chirashi, and omakase become part of your culinary vocabulary, and before you know it, you’re realizing that you prefer yellowtail to fluke, and from that moment on you’re hooked.

"Great sushi starts with fresh fish and the right preparation,” Toshi Ueki, the master sushi chef at New York’s Blue Ribbon Sushi, told us when asked how he defines great sushi. “The fish must be properly filleted so that it stays fresh throughout the process. When slicing, each piece has to be cut perfectly so that the final presentation is beautiful. Perfect sushi rice is also a key component."As with most of the finer things in life, the more you look into sushi, the more you realize how much there is to learn.

But isn’t the rice just… rice? Not by a long shot. The rice needs just as much attention as the fish, from washing it correctly to cooking it and “vinegaring” it correctly. The rice alone can take years to master: It needs to be short-grain, hold its natural form, and be right at body temperature; it should also have just the right amount of vinegar added and should be sticky enough that it doesn’t fall apart as you bring it to your mouth. It should, however, separate into individual grains once you put it in your mouth. This is accomplished by applying the right pressure to the rice when forming the base of the sushi so the outer layer is more densely packed than the inside. And the topping (called neta) needs to be just the right size so it’s properly proportioned to the rice.

As for the fish, there’s a lot more involved than just making sure it’s fresh. “The first thing on my list is sourcing the best quality fish from southern Japan, Canada, and the Eastern Seaboard, but quality is more than just about the type of fish,” Jose Icardi, the executive chef at Miami’s Katsuya at SLS South Beach, added. (Not all sushi chefs are Japanese these days, if you haven’t noticed.) “It’s about getting the best texture and color, too. Sushi should have brilliant, fresh color, and melt in your mouth. After that, it is all about presentation.” Sushi truly is an art form that you could spend a lifetime studying.

Today, sushi is so popular that overfishing has become a major problem, and stocks of the popular bluefin tuna have been depleted by a whopping 96 percent. At the same time, demand for it remains so high that a single fish occasionally sells for $736,000.

How did we go about identifying the best sushi bars in America? We approached it the same way that we rank the 101 Best Restaurants in America every year: We started by reaching out to leading culinary authorities to ask what their favorite sushi restaurants were. Next, we supplemented those suggestions with sushi bars featured in local reviews and pre-existing regional and local rankings, as well as the many restaurants considered for last year’s ranking. We then took that list of more than 200 restaurants from across the country and graded them on qualities including freshness of fish, variety of offerings, reviews from both professionals and everyday diners, and level of renown both local and national. Some of the top restaurants were easy to identify; temples to the craft like Matsuhisa, Sushi Yasuda, and Masa naturally rose to the top, but we were also able to feature some lesser-known places that have yet to be discovered by legions of sushi fans, but still deserve attention.

Though the majority of America’s best sushi spots are, unsurprisingly, located in California and New York City, great sushi can be found in some surprising locales as well, including Atlanta; Austin; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Jersey City, New Jersey. Thanks to modern technology, the freshest fish from Japanese waters can be out of the ocean and on any restaurant table in America within 24 hours (if someone is willing to pay for it), so in the years to come you can expect to see world-class sushi bars opening in even more unexpected places.

Read on to learn which 50 sushi bars are the best in America, and let us know what your favorite spot is in the comments.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


The 6 Best Countries to Eat Real Sushi Outside of Japan

Japanese people have been emigrating all over the world for more than 800 years. Many of the descendants of these immigrants have maintained their Japanese language, culture, and of course their sushi traditions. Sushi enthusiasts like us are lucky to have access to authentic Japanese restaurants when we are traveling all over the world. As an avid traveler I love to try local food, but I can never say no to sushi…

A lot of people aren’t aware that Brazil actually has the highest ethnic Japanese population in the world outside of Japan. Naturally, there are countless sushi restaurants in the country, particularly in the largest city São Paolo.

Where to get real Sushi in Brazil? Restaurante Sushi Isao in São Paolo was opened by an Okinawa native in 1987. They serve an upscale authentic sushi buffet. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday.

2. Singapore

Among travelers Singapore is known as one of the best culinary destinations in the world. People from all over the world live in Singapore, so there is a huge variety of choices. With a Japanese Expatriate population of more than 35 000 people, Singapore is definitely a great country for authentic Sushi.

Where to get real Sushi in Singapore? Many people consider Hashida Sushi to be the best sushi restaurant in Singapore. With gourmet Japanese fare, Hashida Sushi is known for its Omakase (Chef’s Special). Open every day for lunch and dinner, but reservations are recommended.

3. The Philippines

Being a fellow island nation in East Asia it is no surprise that the Philippines has a substantial amount of ethnic Japanese people. In fact, the earliest known Japanese immigrants moved to the Philippines in the 12th century. Many Filipino people love sushi and it can be found all over the country. Interesting note: Halo-Halo, a very popular shaved ice Filipino dessert, likely originated from a Japanese dish called mitsumame.

Where to get real Sushi in the Philippines? Check out Seryna Japanese Restaurant located in Little Tokyo in Manila. The sashimi is from Japan and so is the chef, also this restaurant is very popular with Japanese people living in Manila. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

4. The United States of America

Sushi has become extremely popular in North America over the past 50 years, nowadays there are numerous Japanese restaurants in almost every single city. Sushi chefs have created their own versions of more traditional Japanese dishes, most notably the California Roll. However, it is still possible to find authentic Japanese sushi all over the country.

Where to get real sushi in the United States? There are countless excellent options so it is difficult to choose just one. I decided on Sushi Tsujita in Los Angeles, the city where North American sushi was born. Tsujita is an upscale old fashioned Japanese restaurant, try their Omakase (Chef’s Special). Tsujita is open for lunch and dinner every day.

Japanese people have been moving to Thailand since the 16th century and there still is a huge Japanese influence in the country, particularly in Bangkok and Chonburi. I was in Thailand 2 years ago and I will admit that Thai food is amazing, but most people prefer to have some variety throughout their trip.

Where to find real sushi in Thailand? Sushi Masato is a classy traditional Japanese restaurant in Bangkok. They only serve the Omakase (Chef’s Special), but it is fantastic. Sushi Masato is open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday and closed on Monday.

As a Canadian native I have been eating sushi since I was in elementary school. I developed a taste for sushi from a very young age, the sushi bar at the Marina Restaurant in Victoria BC was actually my favorite restaurant. I wouldn’t say that this was the most “authentic” sushi ever, especially after I turned it into a soy sauce soup, but I am lucky to have expanded my palate so early in my life.

Where to find real sushi in Canada? I lived in Vancouver for 4 years and I can assure you that we have countless excellent sushi options in the city. I will recommend the very authentic Tetsu Sushi Bar in downtown Vancouver. Come here in the summertime, they actually fly in fresh sea urchins from Hokkaido, Japan. Reservations are suggested, Tetsu Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday – Sunday, only dinner on Tuesday, and closed on Monday.


Evan has been traveling and living out of a backpack for the last four years. He runs a blog on independent travel, giving people the skills and confidence they need to travel the world without a tour company.


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