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Is there a proper way to thank a sushi chef you really enjoy?

subhopping Feb 6, 2007 11:27 AM

I frequent a sushi shop where not only do I love the food but I also appreciate the chefs there. I have thought about getting them a thank you gift but I wanted to know if this is an okay thing to do, and if it is, what is something appropriate to give them?

Thank you!

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    spankme RE: subhopping Feb 7, 2007 04:49 PM

    I'm going out on a limb here, but I'll bet a generous tip will go a long way to communicate the sentimate you wish to convey. $ is the international language!

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      kep RE: spankme Feb 7, 2007 05:43 PM

      Tipping is not practiced in Japan. Bless them. I would say that a bottle of sake or whiskey would be appreciated. If possible, a bottle from a small/local distillery.

    2. HKTraveler RE: subhopping Feb 9, 2007 06:36 AM

      As far as I can tell, some people will even be offended by the tip since providing good service is part of the job. I have seen tips being returned.

      1. kansai_mike RE: subhopping Feb 9, 2007 08:25 PM

        Gochisousamadeshita. Domo arigato gozaimasu. Oishikatta. I say this after every meal my wife cooks.

        It means thank you VERY much. It was delicious. "i" is pronounced like the "e" in eat.

        Giving gifts wouldn't be appropriate. It is an obligation of the business owner to reciprocate your kindness.

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          lebelage RE: subhopping Feb 9, 2007 08:31 PM

          Tipping is often considered inappropriate but a traditional gesture would be to buy the chef (or chefs) a drink.

          I do it whenever I go to a place I am a regular at or if not a regular when I am especially happy with the food.

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            kerokaeru RE: subhopping Feb 13, 2007 03:59 AM

            Bringing a gift when you dine is what I do with my favorite sushi shop. I cannot afford to go too often and the bill is large, but discounted b/c I was introduced by a friend and have been going for a while. I take liquor, nice fruit or an omiyage from the US or a place I have visited when I visit. My Japanese friend who introduced me to the place and most of the other customers do so as well. Sometimes we get a taste of the wine or rare Kyoto treat when we visit! :)

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              tokyorosa RE: subhopping Feb 15, 2007 08:54 PM

              ALWAYS say Gochisosamadeshita as you're finished and leaving.

              Send them sake and/or beer.

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                eddiedoesjapan RE: subhopping Feb 16, 2007 03:10 AM

                Buying the sushi chef a drink is the way to go (beer, nihonshu, shochu, whatever is popular where you are).

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