You can't judge a sushi restaurant until you've had its chirashi, or chirashi don — the marriage of sashimi, omelet, fish roe and assorted vegetables artfully arranged over a bed of sushi rice. You might also find a blob of sea urchin, if you've been good, plus furikake and a lemon slice to season it all.
Aside from charcuterie platters and shellfish towers, chirashi is among the most aesthetically pleasing preparations in the vast world of Instagram. Basically, food folks photograph this stuff like it's going to disappear. One of the captions we spotted: "Chefs be like Instagram that shit." Chefs do be like that. Check out 12 prime chirashi specimens in the wild, from NYC to Melbourne with plenty of famous food cities in between.
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