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The Expert's Guide to Ordering at Japanese Restaurants

Japanese cuisine is one of the most popular in the world, and for good reason. It is delicious, healthy, and has a unique flavor that sets it apart from other cuisines. If you’re visiting Japan or have Japanese restaurants in your area, you may be wondering how to order like an expert. In this article, we will teach you everything you need to know about ordering at Japanese restaurants.

How To Order At A Japanese Restaurant?

    If you’re visiting Japan or just want to enjoy some Japanese cuisine in your home country, there are a few things you should know about how to order. In general, etiquette is quite formal in Japan so it’s important to be aware of the correct way to behave when dining out.

Here’s an expert’s guide on how to order at a Japanese restaurant:


  • Tell the staff how many people are in your group.

    When you walk into a Japanese restaurant, the first thing you need to do is tell the staff how many people are in your group. This will help them determine how big of a table to seat you at and what type of food to bring out. If there’s an empty table that can accommodate your group size, they’ll direct you over to it, otherwise, they’ll seat you at the next available spot. Once everyone is seated, menus will be distributed and it’s time for ordering.

  • Request an for English menu.

    If you don’t see an English menu, ask the staff for help. They should be happy to guide you through the menu and make suggestions. In most cases, they will tell you what dishes are gluten-free or vegan. And if there’s something on the menu that you’re not sure about, just ask. The staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

  • Ask about the prices.

    When you’re ordering at a Japanese restaurant, it’s important to be aware of the prices. Many items on the menu may seem inexpensive, but there are often hidden costs that can add up quickly. So, before you order anything, ask the waiter or waitress about the price. This way, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

  • Ask for more time to look at the menu.

    There are many items on the menu, so it’s important to take your time and understand what you’re ordering. You don’t want to order something that sounds delicious but is difficult to eat or doesn’t match your taste. When in doubt, ask your server for help. They will be more than happy to recommend something or explain how a dish is prepared. Japanese cuisine can be a little overwhelming for first-time diners, so don’t feel rushed to order. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask for more time to look at the menu. This way, you can take your time and make sure you’re getting the right dishes for your group.

  • Call over a staff member.

    When you’re ready to order, call over a staff member. They’ll likely ask if you want the set menu or if you have any specific requests. If you’re not sure what to order, don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. The staff will be more than happy to help. And remember, there’s no shame in admitting that you’re new to Japanese cuisine, they’ll guide you through the ordering process every step of the way.

  • Order a single item with a drink.

    If you are unfamiliar with the menu, ordering a single item is the best way to go. Most restaurants have an extensive menu, so it can be difficult to choose the right dish. By ordering a single item, you can take your time perusing the menu and make sure you get something that sounds good. Plus, most Japanese restaurants include a drink in their prices, so there’s no need to order anything extra. Just sit back and relax while enjoying some delicious sushi or ramen.

  • Order more than one item.

    The best way to order at a Japanese restaurant is to order more than one item. This will allow you to sample different dishes and flavors. It’s also a great way to try new things that you may not have had before. By ordering multiple items, you can get a taste of everything the restaurant has to offer. So don’t be afraid to experiment and order something new! You may just find your new favorite dish.

    If you’re looking to try out a Japanese restaurant, or if you just want to brush up on your ordering skills, then this guide is for you. We’ve outlined all the steps you need to take to make sure your dining experience goes as smoothly as possible. And if you still have questions after reading this post, don’t hesitate to give us a call, our team of experts would be happy to help.

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