From sushi to Peking duck

December 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm 2 comments

It has been awhile since I’ve written an informative entry on this blog. Straying a bit from my goal of sharing information for others who are interested in starting a small business or taking a step into the food & beverage industry.

I have a few topics lined up. Waiting for some time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and write. It’s surprising how taxing the sushi bar and Microsoft both can be. I’m on an airplane now, winging my way to Beijing for a week full of meetings as well as presentations at a customer conference. Perhaps with a little luck I won’t have to go the whole time without sushi and I’ll stumble upon a Japanese restaurant in the Chinese capital.

I think it’s a good sign that even though I literally eat sushi for multiple meals a day, I often still find myself craving it. My own personal “Super Size Me” substituting greasy Mcdonalds for fresh raw fish.

A haiku:

Three months of sushi
Fish and rice play in my mind
All the time, happy

While I’m gone from the sushi bar, we’re implementing some changes to the menu. More sets! More variety! The lunch sets have proven to be popular so we’ll offer additional ones as well as the option to add on some sashimi. That is my goal! For everyone to fall in love with sashimi! Much as Microsoft has touted a PC on every desktop (that was their old vision), I shall make it my mission to put sashimi in every person’s stomach.

We’re also changing the glass boards to feature our specials that come in from Japan a few times a week. Currently our glass board and the printed menu display the same information. Customers have had to ask the chef what the specials were and during the lunch rush it’s hard to communicate. Re-designing the printed menu in conjunction with the glass boards will allow us to constantly display what new items we have. I’m excited about this; I feel people will enjoy seeing so many new types of sea creatures and sushi. It should be fun for the curious and adventurous diners! (One special that we just got… wagyu beef! A thick slice placed on a small bed of sushi rice and then lightly flamed… HEAVEN).

Basically I’m thinking about how to encourage folks to try out new dishes. People are happy and comfortable with salmon (sake), tuna (maguro), eel (unagi), prawn (ebi), and yellowtail (Hamachi), but there is a world of fish out there to explore. I will admit that some are an acquired taste. 🙂 (Cod fish sperm, anyone? We had it two weeks ago).

Speaking of adventurous dining, my plane is about to land. And if there’s one culture that eats even more variety than the Japanese, it’s probably the Chinese. 🙂


Entry filed under: Miscellaneous, Starting-up.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dominic Tan  |  December 7, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Holy cow Batman, its Wagyu!!!
    Funny I was just reading an article about Wagyu beef last night, and apparently only Wagyu from Japan is the real deal. Everything else is a hybrid.

    I surely appreciate you sharing more info on starting a sushi bar.

    Have fun in Beijing, and make sure to try the Peking Duck @ LiQun Roast Duck.

  • 2. Dominic Tan  |  December 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Here’s my Haiku

    Snowy white lines in a sea of red
    Maguro or Wagyu
    Path to heaven


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