Live lobster – served as sashimi

I have seen god in the eyes of live lobster sashimi on my plate at Sushi Taro.

It really freaked me out. The Handsome Chef of Sushi Taro, Imamoto, greeted me and explained the day’s specials. “Live lobster” was #1. “It is delicious, but very expensive.” I am undaunted. I ordered it for Sarah and I.

Imamoto came and dumped a live lobster on the counter in front of us. The claws, antennas, and eyes were moving. I was duly impressed; the appetizer was live. Sarah and I named him Larry, in honor of the lobster that was almost cooked on Saturday Night Live by Eddie Murphy many years ago.

Imamoto cut up the lobster live, removing the tail and claws. The lobster wasn’t dead yet; he pulled the claws out and chopped up the meat of the tail, resetting it into the tail shell with plum leaves. Imamoto re-assembled the lobster, tail inverted, on the plate with the front end alive and the back end and claws “sashimi-ed” for eating.

The tail was delicious. The claws were an amazing experience. For those used to lobster claws that have been boiled, this is an unusual experience. The claws are gelatinous, and must be sucked to experience.

And it wasn’t over. Imamoto, the appropriately named Handsome Chef of Sushi Taro, had the backline chefs prepare miso soup using the lobster head which he reserved to us half an hour later. The taste was subtle but delicious.

This is a true test of your experiementation: give it a try. Someday you’ll grow old and look back on your life, and this is one of those things you won’t regret having tried.


  1. 2hell withu on February 6, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    You must realize that society ranks you among the most emotionally disturbed and callous, that you can not only take amusement in the unnecessary sufering of another living creature, but prove your disassociation to humanity by further giving a name to personalize your victum. There are some cerial killers who fail to kill a chosen victum after knowing their name. I prey you suffer a horrific fate at the hands of sadist much like yourself.
    Fuck you!

  2. jbwhong on April 24, 2006 at 9:49 pm

    I don’t think I could eat this. But I can’t condemn anyone for wanting to. I could probably eat a live fish, but not a live lobster.

  3. superdude on February 3, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    There is nothing wrong with sashimi, it tastes great! I actually prefer it myself, only because the rice fills you up so quick with sushi…

    The lack of rice with sashimi just means I can eat more of the tasty part, the fish vs. the rice.

    Here is a great source for live lobster so you can enjoy your very own sashimi!

    They have a bunch of other stuff on there as well – check out there jumbo lobsters, sashimi for the whole family LOL!!

    Great post, and yes, I have had live lobster sashimi – good stuff!