At a cursory glance, sushi might appear to be a simple dish composed of rice, raw fish, and a smattering of other ingredients. However, what you see is merely the tip of an intricate, culinary iceberg. Sushi is nothing short of an art form, a discipline that sushi chefs devote their lives to mastering.
The Philosophy of Sushi Inc
Here at Sushi Inc., we are committed to this level of perfection. Recognizing the challenge in mastering even the simplest of foods, we strive to deliver an exceptional sushi experience that is balanced, flavorful, and simply exquisite. In addition to the classic sushi, we also offer sashimi (sliced raw fish served over steamed rice) and nigiri (raw fish with a topping served over a small mound of rice). Our Maki sushi, a roll of sushi ingredients encased in a bamboo mat, has earned us the title of “Best Sushi Experience” in St. Petersburg by The Best of St. Petersburg. But what is it that makes sushi a great culinary creation?
The Rice – More than a Side Dish
In Western culture, rice is often relegated to the role of a starchy, unalterable side dish. In Japanese cuisine, however, rice holds a revered place. Sushi rice must be of a certain consistency, sticky enough to hold its form but not so much that it becomes a gooey mass. Achieving this optimal texture is a delicate balance, requiring chefs to pay attention to the rice’s density and stickiness.
Too dense or overly sticky rice will make the sushi fall apart in your mouth. Mastering the technique to make the outer layer denser than the inner layer takes years of meticulous practice. This ensures that the rice maintains its form while being lifted to your mouth but easily breaks apart when bitten into.
Fish – Japan’s Love for Marine Protein
Being an island nation surrounded by abundant oceans, it’s no surprise that Japanese cuisine is rife with fish dishes, and sushi is arguably the most iconic of them all. However, the complexity involved in selecting, cutting, and aging the fish is something that often goes unnoticed. At Sushi Inc., we source only the freshest fish, paying careful attention to its texture and tenderness.
We meticulously cut each piece to ensure it meets our high standards. Various factors like the species of the fish influence how it should be cut, aged, or even seasoned. Depending on the fish, salt and vinegar might be employed to pull moisture from the flesh, thereby intensifying its flavor and improving its texture.
Beyond Fish and Rice
While fish and rice are the foundational elements, the additional ingredients and condiments elevate sushi to an art form. From pickled ginger and wasabi to the myriad of possible toppings and fillings like avocado, cucumber, or even mango, each adds a distinct layer of complexity. At Sushi Inc., our extensive menu includes not just a variety of sushi but also an array of authentic Japanese food and beverages to complement your meal.
Conclusion: The Quest for Perfection
Crafting the perfect sushi is a relentless pursuit of balance and harmony, a gastronomic endeavor where every ingredient, every slice, every roll, and every bite is a testament to years of skilled training and artistic intuition. If your quest is to experience the best sushi in St. Petersburg, your destination is unequivocally Sushi Inc.
The process is complex, the practice rigorous, and the reward, simply divine. Next time you take a bite of sushi, remember: you’re not just eating food; you’re experiencing an art form.
Sushi Inc is a vibrant restaurant that offers what is considered the best sushi in St Petersburg. Opening its doors in 2013 and becoming a local staple by offering live music, traditional hand-rolled sushi and a friendly atmosphere, our guests always have a top notch experience. Customers love our award-winning, fresh and creative Sushi rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi. With a larger selection of tempura, non-Sushi, and teriyaki options, we can accommodate every taste.