Be warned: things are about to get raw.
To further help you navigate the daunting world of sushi (basic etiquette tips here!), we asked 13 of the nation's most reputable sashimi masters to reveal which fish they think to be the most overrated, and which are true diamonds in the rice.
So next time your favorite sushi restaurant is out of fatty tuna, don't worry: there are plenty more fish in the sea.
Matt Foreman, Head Sushi Chef at Uchi
"Salmon, without a doubt. It's a very non-threatening choice. A go-to for people who really don't know what they want to eat when presented with other options. It has become both an obligatory and nonsensical menu item. Honestly, it's just boring. I ate a lot of salmon growing up as kid because that's what my family's assumption of good fish was. It's an early food memory, to be sure. But it's one that I wouldn't mind forgetting."
Underrated: Saba (mackerel)
"This is a great fish. A lot of people get turned off by anything that smells 'fishy.' They quickly associate that smell with something that's gone bad, and don't realize that those kinds of flavors and aromas can be delicious. Saba has a great flavor that will stand up to stronger ingredients such as ginger and garlic. Pickled raw for sushi, or grilled and served with some fresh veg; it's a very versatile and tasty fish."