Where to celebrate International Sushi Day in Belize

by Vivian Roe

Did you know June 18 is International Sushi Day? While some may not realize this is a thing, we promise it is! International Sushi Day was created to celebrate the amazing history of sushi, and eating it. Honestly, who doesn’t love a celebration around food? Here, we delve into the history of sushi and highlight the best places to celebrate and get your sushi fix on for International Sushi Day.

What is the history of the sushi?

Sushi actually has an interesting history. Popular to misconception, it actually did not originate from Japan. However, Japan is credited for making this dish popular. We first see it mentioned in China as a method for preserving food; fish fermented when placed in rice. After several weeks or months, the rice was thrown away and the preserved fish was eaten.

This preservation method then entered Japan, where seafood was a dietary staple. But the Japanese did not throw away the rice and instead ate the two together. One thousand years later, the rice was elevated with rice wine vinegar; this enabled the sushi to be eaten immediately instead of waiting for it to ferment. Thus, the sushi we know now was born.

Today, sushi is enjoyed around the globe and while it still holds true to its Asian roots, it has evolved to fit local tastes and influences. For example in the United States, the popular California Roll and Boston Roll were created to suit American’s taste buds. However, in Belize we use local lionfish and fresh fruit like mango in our sushi.

The best places to eat sushi in Belize

Sushi in Belize is exceptionally tasty due to our easy access to fresh seafood and ingredients. From beachfront restaurants to city dweller favorites, these are our top choices for International Sushi Day in Belize:


On the island of Ambergris Caye and located inside the Grand Caribe Hotel, this upscale dining venue offers Asian influenced global cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and sushi. For a roll with a twist, try the Sake Paradise Roll – spicy salmon mix, fried plantain, yamagobo topped with blackened salmon, avocado, wasabi with sesame seed and avocado cilantro crema.  Full menu here

Blue Water Grill

This locally-owned beach-front restaurant in San Pedro, Belize and is an island favorite for its central location and buzzy vibe. The popular sushi nights are on select days of the week and feature delicious sushi rolls with fun local names like the Julie Mango, Fyah and Escondido. Full menu here.

Taka Kitchen

If you craving sushi in Belize City, then Taka Kitchen is your best bet. Family-owned, Taka-san is centrally located in the Northern Shops Belize city. Try your sushi along with bubble tea. More information on Taka Kitchen here.

JYOTO Japanese Restaurant

Another sushi spot on Ambergris Island, JYOTO Japanese Restaurant is located in Mahogany Bay, and is committed to offering the freshest and highest-grade sushi in Belize, sourcing fresh fish daily from local fishermen on Ambergris Caye. Delight in exquisite sushi dishes prepared by Japanese master chef and owner, Toshiya Tsujimoto.

Limilia Restaurant

If you are down South in Placencia and looking for heavenly sushi to satiate the palate, then the newly opened and beautiful Itz’ana Resort & Residences is one you have to visit. Their on-site restaurant, Limilia, is chef-driven and fisherman-inspired. With views of the pool and beach from both the indoor and outdoor dining rooms, the views whilst you eat are just as good as the food. Sushi, using fish line-caught by the on-staff fisherman, is available on select days of the week.

Choose any of these divine dining options in Belize and celebrate International Sushi Day!

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