Sushi menorah platters are back


Courtesy Drunken Fish

Sometimes you just need to say “the heck with tradition” and start something new. If that sounds up your alley, then here is a way to add a twist to your traditional Hanukkah menu, at least for one of the eight nights.

While traditional Hanukkah food usually consists of fried potato latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), a new trend has taken off in recent years: sushi, arranged in the shape of a menorah.

The phenomenon first appeared more than a decade ago, when restaurateur Mendy Mochkin created “the world’s first sushi menorah” at Yakimono Sushi Bar in Montreal. Since then, the idea of arranging sushi in the shape of a menorah has become an online hit—and last year, it arrived in St. Louis.

And, now for a second year, Drunken Fish is taking orders for its version of the sushi menorah platter. The idea started last year after a customer requested one for his family. “Last November, one of our regular guests asked if creating a Sushi Menorah platter was something we could do.” said Corporate Operations Director Myhi So. “He wanted to order one for his family, and we immediately loved the idea and knew we could create something great.”

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The response was incredible last year. Now it’s become a staple as one of our holiday promotions, and we’re so excited to share it with our St. Louis community this year also.  The idea even sparked other platter ideas such as birthday and graduation sushi platters!”

Culinary manager Nick Suna studied images of menorahs and matched up the colors and textures from sushi on the current menu to create the design. All told, the platter consists of 96 sushi pieces total, including the California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Vegetable Roll, St. Louis Roll, and salmon nigiri.

“It’s been a very tough couple of years for restaurants, so our hearts are warmed by the community support for Drunken Fish and this unique promotion. We hope that our Sushi Menorah platters become a staple inside many homes for years to come.”

Guests can pre-schedule their orders for pickup by placing their orders online at  Guests must select their preferred pickup location, as well as the pickup date and time.  Each platter is $127 and requires at least 24 hours’ advance order notice. It’s available at both Drunken Fish locations in the Central West End and Westport Plaza now through Monday, December 6, 2021.