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Is it rude to request sushi be cut in half?

The Oracle | Mar 2, 2006 01:36 PM

I know sushi has been discussed in great length, as I've reviewed many threads... but I still have a question.

Is asking the sushi chef to cut the piece in two incredibly rude and uncalled for?

I know it's "my food" and I'm paying for it -- but I also do not want to be offensive in any way. I've been tempted to ask the sushi chef what he thinks, but have not been bold enough to date, so I thought the 'hounds could come to my rescue.

If there are any sushi chefs out there, or if you know any that have an opinion on this, it would be most appreciated... I also wonder if this is an issue in Japan at all.

I usually end up giving in and eating the whole thing in one bite, and not enjoying the experience as much as if I use my chopsticks to cut the piece in half, before savoring.... (and even if I use my chopsticks to cut it, it sometimes kills the piece and I always sit at the sushi bar, so they SEE what I'm doing -- seems simpler just to have them use their knife)

The most logical solution I could come up with would be to ask the chef to cut the piece in two, after it's formed ...

Thoughts??

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