Don't discount the rice
"It's crazy how much time is spent on the rice. Learning how to make it, plus the daily volume, is a real credit and testament to the skill of the sushi chef and how committed they are to excellence."
Don't eat at a place that smells like fish
"If it smells like fish, that's the biggest red flag. Fish should smell like the ocean. Bright and clean, like salt water and kelp. Think of a nice beach, those pleasant smells. If the restaurant smells fishy, the fish is either on its way out or already gone."
Don't rub chopsticks together
"I've never gotten a splinter and I've eaten with plenty of wooden chopsticks. Don't rub your chopsticks together, it's rude. It means that you think that they get poor-quality chopsticks."