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Sep 1, 2010 05:59 AM

What to order in a sushi restaurant when STARVING

Hey All,

I am sure you have all faced this issue. Craving sushi, really hungry, and don't want to spend $$$$ breaking the bank to satisfy your stomach. Any advice on a "go to" order to fulfil your sushi crave.

Typically I go with some combination of miso soup/salad maybe a rock shrimp appey and sashimi/rolls. NYC loves to kill you on those $15 + rolls, so how do you get in and out of a high quality place without feeling bankrupt?


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  1. Soup is always a good thing to take the edge off your hunger.

    Futomaki is a good filling choice, I look at it as sort of the "kitchen sink" of rolled sushi. Everyone makes it differently but it may include omelet, shitake mushrooms, picked daikons, crab stick, or even that pink stuff that is like cotton candy. It's a big roll.

    I'm also a fan of naruto, which is sushi without rice. Instead of nori, it has thinly sliced cucumber as the binding that holds it together. There are many different varieties and I find them filling.

    That being said, I believe that the words "sushi" and "sale" or "discount" should not be used in the same sentence. Just never seems to work out.

    1. Start with an app of Endamame to share then continue with sushi - works for me!

        1. re: joonjoon

          Seconded. With a salad & a miso soup, it's more than enough food.

          1. re: joonjoon

            Agreed! When you're starving, chirashi is the ONLY way to fly!

          2. I dunno, I think the key is to find a sushi joint that's not stingy with the portions! My neighborhood sushi place, a swanky sit-down with a sommelier and the whole nine, has nary a roll over $8 and they're almost all very generously filled and topped.

            If I'm ravenous, soup is the answer! I don't find plain miso soup filling, but some places have a rice/green tea/fish concoction that's both reasonably priced and very satisfying.

            1. Uhh, tonkatsu curry? I find that sushi is not a good thing to eat when I'm super hungry because I end up spending way too much. Fill up on a greasy fried cutlet and then finish the meal with the cheapest, smallest roll to fill the sushi craving.