A primary staple in the realm of Japanese cuisine is, without a doubt, sushi. This is a preparation of several ingredients – often including raw seafood, vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruit. However, the common ingredient across all sushi is the specially prepared vinegar-enhanced rice. It is important to not confuse the dish with sashimi, which is thinly-sliced raw fish served with rice. Sushi must make use of the vinegar rice. Sashimi, on the other hand, can be served alongside any kind of rice that the chef desires.
The best thing to do if you have never been to a sushi bar is to order your food “omakase”. This is a Japanese term that means you are leaving the choice of food up to the chef. Generally, he or she will start off with light fare, and gradually proceed to heavier and heavier dishes as the night goes on. Of course, you should keep in mind the relative expense of the sushi restaurant that you have chosen to patronize. Sushi can be among the more-pricey foods, with some courses costing hundreds of dollars to consume in full. If you want to learn a bit more about the most expensive sushi available, read on to learn about the Five Most Expensive Sushi Meals You Can Get Today.
Note: This article makes use of the average price for a solo diner to purchase an omakase meal, and includes the estimated tax and tip.
O Ya Restaurant – Average price: $360
The O Ya Restaurant has two locations, one in Boston and one in New York. If you take a look at their menu, you will see that nearly everything has costs in the double-digits. This is true no matter how many pieces of sushi you will receive. This is especially relevant for someone who can eat a lot in a single sitting. You might end up spending a lot more than you would like to feel full. Of course, the price of the O Ya Restaurant is modest compared to the rest on this list.
Kurumazushi – Average price: $390
This restaurant was originally established in Manhattan in 1977. It serves New Yorkers and international clients alike some of the best sushi available in the world. They employ premiere sushi chefs such as Toshihiro Uezu. Kurumazushi has an interior design in the traditional design, focusing around the sushi bar. The restaurant also has a small bar, and a room available for reservations for a private meal.
Urasawa – Average price: $510
The first restaurant on our list from California, Urasawa is located in Beverly Hills. It panders to the rich, famous, and elite of California – especially people from Hollywood. The setting of the restaurant is luxurious and intimate. Right as you walk through the door, you will get a sense that it is a place of refinement. This restaurant has overcome some controversy. One of the biggest challenges that they have faced is a fine for underpaying their staff. To be fair, when they take in more than $500 per person per meal, you’d think they would be able to provide their employees with proper compensation. This restaurant was even considered the second-most-expensive in the world for a short period of time.
Masa – Average price: $580
Masa was founded by the eponymous Masa Takayama, a world-renowned sushi chef. He had always known that he wanted to be a chef someday, with his own restaurant and all. And we are certainly glad that he succeeded – his unique mixtures of Japanese traditional dishes with American mainstays are in a class of their own. One of the most interesting things about this restaurant is that every single thing within has been handpicked – the counters, the plants, the cups, plates, etc. They all work together to tie together the unifying theme, and it must have taken a lot of time to get everything just right. Either way, the end effect is quite amazing, displaying a single theme throughout the entire restaurant.
Most Expensive Sushi in the World – Price: $1,978
This one broke some world records. Unlike the other four options on the list, it is not tied to an omakase meal or anything. The most expensive piece of sushi was created by Chef Angelito Arenta Junior, who is sometimes called the “carat chef” due to his unusual incorporation of gold and diamonds. The world-record holding sushi is generally based around Norwegian salmon and foie grass. Alone, these ingredients aren’t too terribly rare and can be picked up pretty much anywhere. Once Angelito Arenta adds a sheet of 24-carat gold leaf, three Palawan pearls, and carats upon carats of African diamonds, the appearance (and price) undergo a huge change. Arenta Junior’s sushi is more a piece of art than something that is meant to be eaten. While it technically could be eaten, at a cost of approximately $400 per roll a lot of people might just want to look at it. Either way, it is a gorgeous piece of edible art.