Startup Sushi Restaurant

So, you are planning to start a sushi restaurant but before that you should know what exactly a sushi is? Sushi, a famous dish of Japan is like a vinegar rice including toppings of fish which can be either cooked or uncooked and also includes vegetable.

When you would go to other countries except Japan then you would find that people misunderstands this dish by saying it as a raw fish or a raw sea-food dishes and if you want to open a sushi restaurant you better be careful in telling the difference between these two. The sliced raw fish is called as sashimi and is apart from sushi. Sashimi is a raw fish and not rice containing material. Procedure of making sushi is basically by preserving and fermenting of raw fish with salt and ice. When this fermentation of salt and ice will be done then vinegar will be produced which will make the fish break into amino acids.

It can be intimidating to start a sushi restaurant without knowing the menu. So, let's start with the menu. There are more types like:-

  • Nigri – it is a small piece of fish mounted on rice.
  • Maki – it is a type of sushi in which ingredients are rolled inside nori.
  • Temaki – it is a sushi which contains cone-shaped rolls including fish and vegetables.

Now day, restaurants having sushi make use of creative ingredients, so it is necessary to know some ingredients which help in making sushi. There are a lot of ingredients which are used to prepare sushi. The main ingredient is the sushi rice. Sushi rice is short sized Japanese rice which is topped and mixed with vinegar, rice, sugar and salt. The sushi rice is being cooled before it is being filled inside to make a sushi. Sushi has one more important ingredient known as nori, which is an algae which is specially cultivated from harbors of Japan. Sushi also contains some toppings and fillings such as fish, sea-food, vegetables, red meat and other fillings including eggs and tofu. For a sushi restaurant you should have a good chef.

A restaurant always needs a talented chef. Chefs now days are paid handsomely. Chef should have the following qualifications:

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  • Ability to have a sense of taste and smell
  • should have love for food
  • knows to make food combination- textures and flavors
  • Love to innovate or experiment
  • Good memory
  • Ready for back-bending hours

Sushi is nutritional dish as it contains raw fish and ice which are considered low in fat and helps persons to save themselves and keep themselves fit. There are a lot of utensils which one needs while preparing sushi: kitchen cloths, rice barrel, kitchen knives, bamboo rolling mat, cooking chopsticks, wooden rice paddle, rectangular omelet pan and one mold.

These are the main things which are needed to prepare sushi. The utensils as well as the ingredients should be of good quality. While starting a sushi restaurant, one needs a good kitchen with a good sushi making expert or a chef. If you are mastering in these above things then you would be making a good market for your restaurant.

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  • niel toyama said on February 7, 2009
    Thank you for writing the article, it helps me understand more about starting a sushi restaurant. I'm planning to start a conveyor belt sushi; I've done my homework but still need some advice on starting. Can you help me find a mentor who owns a sushi restaurant that can give me some pointers? Thank you.
  • Benny said on March 9, 2009
    I would like to start a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, I just need some advice on how to start.
  • jolanda seinen said on March 15, 2009
    hi, we are interested in setting up our own sushi restaurant somewhere but we don't know yet where to start and what the steps are before we can start the restaurant.... looking forward to get some information jolanda
  • RK said on June 4, 2009
    If any one interested in limerick, pa area. I have excellent space available. Drop me an email at
  • liz said on September 28, 2009
    I would like to learn how to make Sushi, can someone teach me or where can I learn how to make sushi in Philadelphia or Chester County?
  • Sugih said on January 21, 2010
    hi guys I am trying to look someone who's willing to teach me everything about sushi so I can start to make a sushi restaurant or maybe has someone know that I can take a class or academy that not just only to teach u about sushi but make u ready to do a business too. I live in Salt lake city, Utah, USA
  • Adriana said on February 22, 2010
    what will be the startup cost of a sushi restaurant in mcallen tx 78504
  • Nate said on April 20, 2010
    This site helped me understand more about sushi.. I have grown up in a tourist area that brings over a million tourists a year. It is a town of about 22,000 but is booming in tourists. Over half of the tourist to this town are of asian decent as am I and I have talked to many about not having a sushi restaurant around here since I've worked all over the tourist resort which is the biggest ski resort in Ontario. I know starting a sushi restaurant will be a huge success around here I just need some help getting one going. I am from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. If anyone has any advice I am willing to listen!! Thank you
  • Ethan said on July 15, 2010
    Hi my name is Ethan. I am a owner of a pretty successful japanese restaurant and an willing to teach all my knowledge and menu for a price. Think of this option as a one time price up front to learn everything you will need to run and operate a sushi restaurant. This offer is similar to a franchise but without the 10-12 percent in royalties you must for out for a franchise. I have work on my restaurant dearly and have been trying to make it efficient so anyone can do it and make money. Email me if anyone is interested. my email is
  • gadi said on October 21, 2010
    I have an excellent location in Midtown Manhhatan. Looking foe a partner to open up a sushi restaurant. If anyone is interested please email me for more information.
  • pawan said on June 3, 2011
    hi i want to open a sushi restaurant in gaya ,bhiar,india
  • anand said on July 17, 2011
    hi i'm from india(southern part )in city called vishakapatnam, interested in setting up our own sushi restaurant in our city but we don't know how to start and what the steps are before we can start the restaurant.... looking forward to get some information....thank u ...
  • Jon Perry said on August 22, 2011
    Looking to start a fast food sushi service in central Edinburgh.... who is keen?
  • missy said on September 14, 2011
  • Makhosi said on September 15, 2011
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  • Jane said on October 18, 2011
    Hi, I'm starting a Sushi bar in Kokstad, KZN, south africa. All I am needing to know is what equipment I need. Please help, Thanks
  • Ilyas said on January 17, 2012
    Can you advice we want to start our first Sushi Kaiten Restaurant in Karachi Pakistan. the space available is 4500 sq ft in side a shopping mall. Who would be the best company to design a Japan Restaurant?
  • Shannon Seng said on January 26, 2012
    Hi, i am interested to start a Sushi Restaurant, so please give me some advices how to run it. I want to get train for a Sushi Chef!
  • Soha said on February 15, 2012
    Hi i'm looking to start my own sushi restaurant but i'm struggling with one major thing. I dont know what are the kitchen requirements for a sushi restaurant what equipment to buy in terms of stoves machinery etc. I need a list of the items if possible. Thanks you
  • Nour Sharif said on April 28, 2012
    Hi looking to start a fast food sushi service in Cairo, Egypt. What are the kitchen requirements? How to get training for sushi Chef. Thank you. Best regards.
  • Eli said on June 3, 2012
    Interested in opening a modern style sushi bar in Texas would appreciate any help in getting started and specific requirements thanks
  • Elie said on June 10, 2012
    Hi guys I'm interested in opening my own sushi bar in Sydney Australia but I still need a few more tips on how to start if someone can help me would be much appreciated
  • Jan said on October 6, 2012
    HI I want to start a Sushi Shop in ChCh...any help welcome..I have run other businesses but never Sushi...and I am not Japanese!
  • Lobsang choden said on October 19, 2012
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  • geeta lekhwar said on January 1, 2013
    can we start a sushi business in india but from where we take all the things used in sushi like nory japanies fish dont have to much smell but almost indian fish have smell please guide us
  • mohammed said on January 12, 2013
    I am planning to start sushi restaurant in Bahrain and looking for chef and kitchen equipment. I am looking for someone to guide and help me .
  • sivakumar.s said on January 23, 2013
    i am planning to start candle making business in kollam. please advice
  • shamck14 said on February 9, 2013
    A small town in NZ needs sushi shop - big on tourists and holiday home destination - Have the magic spot in mind - I'm a trained chef but never made sushi - need an expert to start me up with the possibility of becoming a successful business partner - anyone out there?
  • juan mercado said on March 3, 2013
    hey, my name is juan mercado, I am from Miami FL. I have 2 years of sushi experience I also have worked in 3 different sushi restaurant in FL. looking to open one in colombia or miami.
  • james matishi said on April 19, 2013
    i want to involve my self into an income generating venture to supplement my income so that i finish building a house currently at slab level. how do i start?
  • Joe Kut said on June 18, 2013
    PC, Utah. what is a good food cost percentage in a sushi restaurant. thank you J
  • Mario Cabral said on October 29, 2013
    Hi! My name is Mario and i live in Portugal, i'm looking for a sushi chef to be my partner in a sushi restaurant, i have all the equipment and furniture ready for the set up. I can arrange residency permit for the right person. please write to me,
  • Aby said on November 30, 2013
    I am planning to start sushi restaurant in City of London and looking for chef and kitchen equipment. I am looking for someone to guide and help me .
  • Nathan said on December 27, 2013
    Hi, my name is Nathan and I am wanting to open up a sushi train restaurant in Australia, quensland. How is the best way to get a great chef? Is there a certain location sushi should be placed? This being the first business is there any helpful hints to getting stared especially in food and cost. Thanks
  • Dom said on March 18, 2014
    Hi @Aby, drop me a line on Thanks
  • ROGEL ESPINA said on May 25, 2014
    hi nate , i can be your business partner if you want, i am a development chef and my specialties japanese. i have opened already a lots of resto. email. me pls.
  • Chang said on August 30, 2014
    I'm very interesting to open sushi shop at Malaysia . What are recommendation cost and equipment needed. Where I can learn to make sushi ..
  • Nicole said on October 14, 2014
    I found an excellent location for small sushi restaurant in Arlington, va. Need help on equipment, chefs, and menu. Please email me.
  • loic said on November 18, 2014
    we are looking for a SUSHI CHEF based in Mumbai from 01/2015. He must be fluent in englisch and hindi! Contact us : 7738690587
  • Dante said on November 8, 2015
    I can help with any of your sushi beeds from costing, opening, regulations to recipe development and more.
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    Hi i am imelda want to open a sushi restaurant in Namibia. 064 481 207 1727.
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