For thousands of years, the Japanese have said to been dining off naked bodies.
Now, a Miami restaurant is bringing its own variation of the practice to Americans.
For $500, patrons at Kung Fu Kitchen and Sushi at the Catalina Hotel & Beach Club get to sample a complete sushi dinner on a scantily clad body.
Restaurant owner Nathan Lieberman told ABCNews.com that the naked sushi was the brainchild of Chef Glenn Lopez, who works in the kitchen. Lieberman figured the Japanese have been dining off naked bodies for “thousands of years” and wanted to give his patrons “the royal treatment” for Miami Spice, the city’s restaurant month, he said.
Nyotaimori, the practice of serving sushi or sashimi on bodies, was banned in China in 2005 after the government issued a notice citing health reasons and moral issues, according to Xinhua news agency.
But Lieberman insists the practice poses no health risks, claiming that the models are washed like “surgeons” before the dinner begins and banana leaves are strategically placed on the models’ private parts.
But they have encountered a few problems in their new culinary endeavor– burnt nipples being one of them. Apparently, if you put wasabi on your nipples, they’ll burn for a week.
“There’s a lot of things you don’t think about when it comes to naked sushi,” Lieberman told ABCNews.com. “Now, we put plastic over the nipples, like Saran, and then we cover the nipples in wasabi.”