Unagi is eel, and can be had as sushi, grilled, or broiled. Unagi is considered by many Japanese to be health food. Grilled unagi is often consumed on the hottest days of the year for its ability to revitalize strength. Unagi is also served in sushi form.

Restaurants that specialize in unagi can be identified by the elongated Japanese “u” character which resembles an eel.