[19 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 9,915 views]
Welcome to Crystal Fish!

Welcome to Crystal Fish, the best sushi shop on the Monterey Peninsula! A local and visitor’s favorite, Crystal Fish, offers great hours and a casual and fun experience. Sit at the sushi bar and watch your order being created right in front of your eyes. Have a group, no problem! Call ahead and make your reservation. Crystal Fish offers a nice variety of  Japanese beer, sake and wine, as well as, a few choice local wines sold by the glass or bottle. Non-alcoholic beer and the crowd-favorite, Ramune (the Japanese 7-up) are also available. So …

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[25 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 7,438 views]
Sashimi

Did you know?
Sashimi is raw fish served sliced, but as-is. That means no rice bed or roll, but it is often served alongside daikon and/or shisho.  You really get the flavor of the fish!
Sashimi is often cut in different ways to enhance the appearance of the fish. Hira zukuri is the standard rectangular shape cut. A thinner cut is called Ito zukuri, and is often no more than 1/16 inch thick. The thinnest, called Kaku zukuri is paper-thin and is often presented in a pattern.

Depending on what you ordered and the whim of the chef, …

Dining, Sake »

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Beverages (nomimono)

Answers to Common Questions About Japanese Sake
Q1: What is sake? Is it a beer?
Is it a wine? Is it a spirit?
Sake is a beverage fermented from rice, which is a grain. This would make it more of a beer than a wine. Yet, sake is not carbonated, and flavor-wise is closer to wine than beer, although it is indeed uniquely different from wine. Sake is not a distilled beverage, and is not even remotely related to gin, vodka or other spirits.
Q2: What is the alcohol content of sake?
Sake is generally between …

Did you know?, Featured, Makizushi, Nigiri Sushi »

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Sushi

Did you know?

Not long ago, a sushi chef (itamae) had to undergo ten years of training before working in a restaurant. Today, demand for these skilled food artists is so high that many start work after only two years of training.
Sushi dates back to at least the second century A.D., beginning as a method of preserving fish in China.
Japan’s Agriculture Ministry has set up a panel to discuss a certification system for Japanese restaurants abroad. Possible gastronomic crimes include slicing fish too thick, using too little or too much wasabi and over-boiling rice. …

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[19 Jan 2009 | One Comment | 9,915 views]
Welcome to Crystal Fish!

Welcome to Crystal Fish, the best sushi shop on the Monterey Peninsula! A local and visitor’s favorite, Crystal Fish, offers great hours and a casual and fun experience. Sit at the sushi bar and watch your order being created right in front of your eyes. Have a group, no problem! Call ahead and make your reservation. Crystal Fish offers a nice variety of  Japanese beer, sake and wine, as well as, a few choice local wines sold by the glass or bottle. Non-alcoholic beer and the crowd-favorite, Ramune (the Japanese 7-up) are also available. So …

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What to do at a sushi restaurant

Ordering

Be sure to clean your hands before or shortly after ordering. Sushi is meant to be eaten by hand.
Order something to drink.
Green tea, called agari in sushi restaurants, is a common drink with sushi.
You can order a set of sushi with a fixed price or order your favorite sushi pieces as you eat.
It’s common to ask the sushi chef for his recommendation of the day.
If you are not ordering a set of sushi, it is good to order a few …

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