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Sushi for a First Timer

My friend has asked me to take him out for Sushi for the first time. What should I order for the table? He has never enjoyed seafood but is willing to try again. Just please no California Rolls or Krab. I'm trying to think of a gateway sashimi and rolls for an unadventurous eater.

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  1. Most people like Spicy Tuna rolls, spider rolls with soft shell crab tempura, or rainbow rolls.

    1. Eel rolls (unagi) are good for a beginner because the eel is cooked.

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      1. re: Philly Ray

        the eel is cooked and also the sauce tends to be sweet.
        if the friend likes sweet sauces this could work.

      2. How about including some non-fish sushi, such as tamago (egg) or a vegetable maki roll? Or some dishes of pickled vegetables for the table?

        Do you know what his objections to fish are? Is it texture, or taste, or just never having had a good one? If it's the thought of uncooked food that's the problem, how about someithing not raw, like shrimp or eel?

        1. His objections in the past have been "too fishy." I suspect he has been traumatized by less than fresh fish dishes.
          I think he has mostly eaten freshwater fish in the past.
          He has recently embraced oysters and grilled octopus with lemon.
          I was thinking of ordering some spicy tuna, toro, and maybe Japanese cured mackerel.
          Eel is a good idea. I'm not a fan of eel sauce but I imagine I'm in the minority with that opinion.

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          1. re: LAallDay

            beg to disagree about the mackerel.
            although it is my personal favorite, it IS very fishy.

            i'd stick with halibut, tuna, albacore, yellowtail, tamago.

            rolls and nigiri are usually better than sashimi because you have the familiar texture and flavor of rice to ease the way.

            1. re: westsidegal

              Thank you! I was worried my favorites would overshadow what someone should try as a gateway fish. I'll save the mackerel for next time.
              Thanks for the good advice westsidegal

            2. re: LAallDay

              Octopus is always cooked, and is best eaten in sunomono (tako-su), in my opinion. This is a kind of salad.

              1. re: LAallDay

                Agree with the eel suggestion (although I like the sauce)...unagi is cooked, and that usually makes for an easier transition from cooked fish to uncooked fish.
                Also ikura, salmon egg. After all, it's basically caviar.

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