of this webproject.
of this webproject.
What Others Say
Press, Reviews & Awards
for listed Homepages.
|About the Creators
love for japanese food started in the early eighties when an english film
student named Anthony Waller came to Germany and lived at my place for
a while. We started to write scripts, shooting promos for bands and went
out for lunch and dinner. A little place called EDO's in Munich was the
first sushibar in town. We went there quite often and started enjoying
japanese food. We became addicts and finally experts in this kind of cuisine.
The sushibar doesn't exist anymore and Mr. Waller left Munich to start
a successful career in shooting commercials around the globe.
I started my career as a director shooting bandpromos, documentaries and TV-shows. Therefore I travelled extensively for business and for pleasure and used the opportunity to test Japanese Restaurants on all continents. Therefore a pile of information started to grow which I thought couldn't be kept as a secret anymore.
Most of the information is very personal, some isn't. Please feel free to contact me and help us to keep this website alive.
I would like to thank my programmer Sebastian (and his assistant Mehmet) without whom this website couldn't have been created, as well as the guys at whoopee media (Harry, Michael), who gave me the opportunity to start this database. So enjoy your meal and maybe we will meet at some table in a decent restaurant.
Michael Bentele deshita
part of the story begins, when Michael came round my office, telling me
of his plans of building a website instead of a book. Michael had gathered
quite a pile of infos and personal reviews of japanese restaurants he
had visited over the years on his numerous trips. So, eventually I sat
there in front of my PC, with a disk of losely formatted text-files. Building
and maintaining a website of this kind quickly turned out to be a real
challenge. In the last years, apart from other jobs, I have been quite
successful programming webpages, mostly for companies. But this webproject
became an all new experience for me.
The main problem is keeping a website 'alive'. Normally, a pile of webpages are being constructed for a company, and after everyone is happy about the look and feel, the pages are uploaded to the server and that's mainly it. Michael's thought of building a website instead of a book was his hope that a website could be updated more easily than e.g. reprinting a book. So I had to come up with a solution to avoid getting in the position of manually having to reprogram the site every time a new restaurant had to be included...
Besides the technical stuff, I have become a real fan of the japanese cuisine while working on this project. Before all this happened, I had no idea why so many people adore this kind of food. Now I have become an addict myself, thanks to Michael who infected me ;-).
Thanks to all who helped me maintain the feeling that the web is one of the most special and unique places of our time. The email-feedback I received through this site was worth every lonely night I had to invest in building and maintaining what you see here. Deepest love and respect to my girlfriend Christine, her patience is golden.
Keep on scriptin'
|About the Supporters
few years ago, while traveling on vacation with my wife Jessica, we became
desperate to find a sushi bar. If you are reading this, then you know
exactly what we mean. The phone book was no help, the people at the hotel
had no idea what we were talking about, it was very frustrating. From
our room, we quite literally stumbled on to The Sushi World Guide while
searching the web. The interface was elegant and it had exactly the information
we wanted. Listing and comments about sushi restaurants within a short
drive of our hotel! We were hooked. Not only to the site, but the idea
of contributing reviews of our own. Like all sushi lovers, my wife and
I will use any rationalization as the impetus to visit a new sushi bar.
The need to post a new review the The World Sushi Guide is a perfect excuse
Since I often travel on business, I will frequent different restaurants regularly. My routine is simple. Whether alone or with clients, I will always take the restaurant's business card as I enter and on the back rate selection, freshness, presentation, taste, and ambiance. I will note any special items, such as an exceptionally friendly chef or an original item on the menu. My best "road trips" are when I return with two or three of these cards in my pocket.
As one of the "creators", Michael Bentele, says "help us to keep this web site alive". The web site encourages you to contribute and in return you will have a wonderful resource for finding this delicious food, whether you travel to distant cites or in your own home town.
Thanks for one of the best sites on the web.
Sushi Fans Always,
John & Jessica Strong
I saw the rising sun decorating the index-page of The Sushi World Guide
for the first time, it was a young surprising project and my knowledge
about Internet in general was more than limited. But being a 'nipponophilic'
I was instantly fascinated (and probably a bit intimidated) by the clean,
efficient and esthetic design and the intension to bring this part of
japanese culture closer to the world.
In winter '97, when I took the job of the administrator, webmaster and designer of the site, it was an extraordinary situation to be involved into an Internet project which was by then one of my favourite bookmarks. My job makes it possible to preserve the actuality of the website - a very important aspect in the web jungle full of obsolete pages and informations.
Thanx a lot to Michael for all the sushi and tempura he paid me. Thanx to O Yuki Conjugate, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Dead Can Dance for their music supporting me during my updates. And most of all to Firdausa, the right lady to share secrets with.
'Aishiteru - aishitenai'
|What Others Say
|Yahoo! Daily Pick
for Dec 10th 1996
|1997 Epicurus Award
for the best 500
Category: Dining Guides
|AdZe's Cosmic Site
of the Night
for Jun 10th 1997
Best Travel Site Award
for the London page
|Digital Hor d'oeuvres
Site of the day:
April, 30th 1999
|ArtPlanet Culture Tourism Award
|"Just a note to thank you & the Gourmet for an excellent web site. Totally great look & feel, and very useful to those of us who travel for an existance."|
|- Dave Vick
|- Burton Davis
New Technologies Division, Oracle Corp.
|"Thank you for a elegant FAST clear and functional website. The visual appearance is very clear and understandable, and leads you very quickly to where you want/need to go. I am also very impressed by the speed of the site and the restaurant search tree works very nicely (call this another vote for content over fancy graphics). I sometimes get asked about webpage design, and if you don't mind, I would like to point them at Sushi World Guide as an example of the best in internet design."|
|- Robert Parks
Opera Standees Association / OSA Productions
|"I am impressed with your functionality. As you can see by my signature, I am in the software business so I spend a lot of time working on the web, product research, posting updates to my companies. Keep up the good work."|
|- John Strong
Central Region Technical Manager, Informatica Corporation
|"I just wanted to say that your restaurant index page is very well designed. The breakdown from region to restaurant is very cognitively intuitive. I design web pages and I look for pages with good user interfaces. I have seen many bad pages in my day."|
|- Tanzeena K. O'Brien
|"I love your site - it's one of our surfer's cool picks (I work at Yahoo)!! I emailed it to all my friends."|
|- Cathy Hoch
|"Thank you I have used the guide to dine--and since I travel a lot I try many Sushi places--------regards "|
|- Steve Schneider
|"I am a sushi lover and this website is the coolest, most useful and most helpful I've ever visited! Not only did I find great information on sushi places in London, where I'm going over spring break, but I finally found a book on sushi! Thanks a million."|
|Our Logo Program
Size of image-file: about 4,5 KB.
| Every japanese restaurant
or sushi bars listed in this database is most welcome to show this image
on their homepage. By using this image with a link back to this website
you can help us keep our database highly frequented, which is for the
benefit of all who want to enjoy good japanese food throughout the world.
You just need to copy and paste the blue code below.
Size of image-file: about 4,0 KB.
| Every chance to increase
the popularity of this webproject is more than welcome. This image is
absolutely free to use. Place it anywhere on the web you think it may
|For easy use, the above snippets of HTML-code are fine. Just place this code on any other HTML-document and that's it. After you have done this, when someone requests the page to view it, the image will be loaded from The Sushi World Guide / Infogate - server and not from the server were your homepage is located. This may cause delays. To be on the save side, you can of course copy the image to your server, but then don't forget to change the image-file location at the "SRC" - part of the <IMG> - tag. ;-)|