Japanese stunned by advance of sushi bars in Moscow

December 8, 2006 08:30

A Japanese journalist, who has not been to Russia for 7 years, interviewed in early December by Russia's nationwide TV2 was quoted as stunned by the multitude of sushi bars and Japanese cuisine restaurants in Moscow, which seems to surpass Tokyo in this league, said the TV report.

The journalist and the TV team visited one such bar to a dissatisfaction of the Japanese who reportedly said the Russians appear to borrow the sushi culture via USA rather than direct from Japan, with the resulting fast food style tendencies.

According to the report, some of the restaurants are not totally safe to eat with the guests risking intestinal infections and pest contamination due to poor hygiene. 

Besides, in some outlets it will be practiced to present defrosted seafood as fresh while the unsold products will be frozen again.

To avoid the trouble, regular lovers of sushi will frequent proven bars while the Economic Crime police have been raiding the establishments serving sushi in a continuous "Raw seafood operation" in order to improve the situation. 

The police hope that in the very near future they will be able to restore full order and it will be possible to enjoy sushi and sashimi everywhere with no health risks.

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