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Feb 6, 2007 11:27 AM

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

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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  1. 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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    1. re: spankme

      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. 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. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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! :)