The poseur may want to convince people that he has eaten raw seafood without actually putting himself through the ordeal of eating raw seafood. If you want to pose as a lover of sushi, you need to know some basic terminology that floats around inside sushi bars.
Hirame: The poseur seeking to pull off a knowledge of sushi needs to know that hirame is a kind of all-encompassing word used to describe white fish. The white fish in question can be anything from a fluke to a flounder, but hirame describes them all.
Fugu: The world’s most dangerous food. The poseur should never say he put his very life into the hands of a sushi chef who made him blowfish. It’s fugu or nothing, baby!
Temaki: Not just tuna is the sushi dish known as temaki. Temaki is a special type of tuna. It’s spicy tuna.
Toro: Toro is not just your average tuna dish, either. In the world of the sushi poseur, toro is that very special delicacy of tuna that is plenty fatty and was carved out of the belly of the beast.
Tako: The sushi poseur should know that this is not a Japanese taco. If you have ever seen the movie Oldboy-and I’m talking the original version-then you remember that scene where the main character quite literally bits into a living octopus. You don’t have to say that you ate your tako raw like Oldboy, but you will come off better if you refer to the octopus you didn’t really eat as tako rather than octopus.
Unagi: The poseur needs to know this word because unagi is an essential element in the world of pretending that you know something or other about sushi. While it is true, perhaps, that saying you ate freshwater eel sounds more impressive than saying you ate unagi, to those in the know that you are appealing to, it is t’other way around.
California Roll: An inside-out roll of crab, avocado and cucumber that has been rolled in flying-fish roe. Roe means little baby fish eggs. You have to know roe to pull off being a sushi poseur.
Rainbow Roll: The name given a California Roll that is topped with thin slices of fish. The slices should ideally be of different species as that it what provides the rainbow effect of the Rainbow Roll.
Omakase: The sushi poseur should know omakase above everything else if you ever get caught actually have to prove you know your sushi. The translation means that you trust the chef implicitly enough to order his particular choice du jour. Ordering this may just net you an invitation to go into the kitchen and meet the chef. While there, the poseur should fake having eaten the poisonous part of a blowfish and escape out the back door.