Japanese Cuisine Menu Ideas For Events


If you're planning a special event, planning the menu is most likely at the top of your to-do list. Although there are many different types of cuisines from which to choose, consider treating your guests to a variety of Japanese treats.

Japanese cuisine is versatile in that you can easily tailor the menu to accommodate any of your guests' dietary needs and concerns. For instance, include a few meatless selections for the vegans and vegetarians in the crowd and dairy-free items for those with lactose intolerance. 

Whether you just want to serve casual appetizers and cocktails so party-goers can mix and mingle while they eat or a full-course, sit-down meal, Japanese cuisine has plenty to offer. It also is appropriate for any type of special event, including bridal and baby showers, anniversary and graduation soirees, kids' and adults' birthday parties, wedding receptions, holiday celebrations, family reunions, and corporate get-togethers. 

Depending on your event budget and how large your guest list is, you can opt to make the food yourself or have it catered by your favorite Japanese restaurant. If you're holding the event during a busy time, such as on a Saturday night, be sure to place your order in advance. 

Here are some Japanese cuisine menu ideas for your next special event:


1. Tempura 

Tempura is either shrimp, vegetables, or a combination of both that is battered in crunchy panko crumbs and then fried to a crispy golden brown. It's typically served with a delicately flavored dipping sauce called tentsuyu. 

Because tempura is best eaten hot and right out of the fryer, serve it to guests as soon as it's delivered by the restaurant. If you have to, you can reheat it in an oven or air fryer. 

2. Gyoza 

A Japanese-style dumpling, soft and chewy gyoza generally comes with a variety of fillings, including chicken, pork, and vegetables. It's also served with a special dipping sauce, and guests can enjoy it as an appetizer or as part of a small plate menu.

Main Courses 


One of the most popular Japanese-inspired foods is sushi, and it makes the ideal party food. Order a varied selection of traditional rolls, such as California, avocado, spicy salmon or tuna, shrimp tempura, and mixed vegetable, and serve it buffet-style. Guests can choose their favorites and create their own dinners.

Fried Rice 

Japanese-style fried rice is sure to please even the pickiest eaters on your guest list and is perfect for serving children. Again, it's easily customizable and can be made with both meat or all vegetables. Serve alongside a fresh salad with ginger dressing as a complete meal. 

Contact a Japanese restaurant to learn more. 


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