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Aug 22, 2007 02:01 PM

Urasawa etiquette question


Friends and I have a reservation for Urasawa to celebrate a birthday in the group and we are all super excited about the opportunity to experience the legend! However, one person wants to come who does not eat sushi. She's willing to fork over the money to sit in the seat and just not eat and I am totally cringing at the prospect of this and of the insult that I feel it represents. Do I need to get over it? Will Urasawa deal? Or should I make the effort to scratch her from the invite list? Thanks for any advice.


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    1. either go someplace else or find another person

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      1. re: ns1

        this is sort of what I figured. Just wondered if anyone else had ever had this dilemna. And the choice is definitely to find another person... no way I am giving up this opportunity!

      2. i say call and ask them what the policy is.

        otherwise, i will battle servorg for the "trained seal" position. =)

        1. Kesey,

          When you say your friend does not eat sushi, what do you mean? As in she does not eat nigri sushi or any kind of sashimi?

          What about other types of Japanese foods? Usually he will serve things like shabu shabu, kobe beef, and even cooked fish.

          Are those off limits for your friend as well? If they are, leave her at home. If not, it might be worth a shot.

          Oh, and HIro will usually ask what a person likes and doesn't like. So, no, I don't he'll be offended.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Thanks for the insight. She doesn't eat any raw fish so she'll deal with some of the other options, I am sure. And it's good to know what he might not be super offended. Hmmm. Perhaps we can make this work. I'll call, per the other suggestion, as well. Thanks guys ...

            1. re: kesey

              let us know the outcome and your experience

              1. re: kesey

                You guys will all be stressed out and it will detract from everyone's experience. Sounds like a bad idea in the making if you ask me ...

                1. re: QualityMart

                  i totally agree. it might cause tension within the group, but then again i'm pretty sensitive to stuff like that.

            2. I think it would be very rude. not only to the Itame, but to another person who could have had that seat who WANTED to eat Sushi.

              It would be tremendously insulting to confront your gracious servers and chef and fellow diners to the ongoing presence of someone who is there, but does not like and refuses to eat their food and art. Part of his pleasure in presenting your food is seeing you enjoy it!

              Also, think of the poor sushi, nigiri, sashimi lover who lost out because your friend paid to sit and waste the itame's time and space!

              Tell your friend to meet you afterwards at a bar.

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              1. re: Diana

                If they were poor, they wouldn't be there in the first place!

                1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                  I didn't mean poor as in financially. I mean poor as in sad people who lost out on a chance at sushi nirvana as a chair is taken up by a non-sushi eater.

                  1. re: Diana

                    I know; I was just kidding...
                    Personally I think spending $4-500 per person on sushi is just ludicrous. And I'm strictly a nigiri sushi person, no a Sushi Dan guy.