Of uramaki, nighiri, temaki and so on there are plenty of them: just browse through the menus of some Japanese restaurants to realise the endless possibilities that can arise from a combination of rice and more or less raw fish.
But the visionary Japanese company ‘Open Meals’ has decided to go further, coming to conceive the idea of a personalised sushi for each individual customer sitting at the table. Calibrated on tastes and preferences, of course, but above all on the actual biological needs of his organism.
The project may seem a bit crazy, but it was actually presented during the last Sxsw in Austin, Texas, with the intention – if only on paper – of turning into reality with a first, pioneering opening in Tokyo in 2020 of the local Sushi Singularity. Of course, dining in the restaurant designed by Open Meals could be a bit invasive: at the time of booking, the customer would be sent a kit with salivary pad and urine and feces bottles, to be sent back for an in-depth analysis.
Based on the test results, the kitchen would be able to detect the need for vitamins, calcium and other nutrients, and to start preparing a bespoke dish with everything you need. At the same time, sushi would turn into a real modular project, with fish bricks and other ingredients assembled together and transformed into a sort of 3D printed composition, made of edible pixels combined in compositions with textures and shapes more creative. Farewell, therefore, to the classic rice rolls. And welcome, perhaps, to the new sushi in a digital way.