Sashimi is just the raw fish, no rice. So it's a great choice.
Maki is rolled and sliced into rounds. Usually simple maki (tuna, salmon, cucumber, egg) is a small-diameter roll, you get about 6 pieces, maybe 8. There are also many kinds of jumbo rolls, some of which are *not* great choices. They are much bigger in diameter (meaning, lots and lots more rice, not to mention fillings) and tend to include some more calorie-dense fillings like cream cheese, japanese mayonnaise, avocado, salmon skin, or even deep-fried tempura shrimp. Now, still, if that's the main portion of your meal, one fancy maki roll won't kill you - but be aware.
Nigiri is the little pod of rice with a piece of fish lying on top. Nice presentation, but yes, high rice content :)
You might want to try and construct a plate that incorporates all three (sashimi maki nigiri). Get some tuna sashimi, a cucumber maki, and 3 pieces of nigiri with interesting toppings (fish roe or salmon are beautifully orange, octopus if you don't mind chewy (and tentacles staring at you).... lots of restaurants put out little sushi-guide cards so you can see what they look like, and get a variety of colours/textures. The esthetics of the meal really add to the enjoyment.
What I really try to avoid is anything labelled "spicy" - this always seems to involve some spiced up MAYONNAISE gooping up my sushi, or artistically drizzled all over the top of it. And it's not even spicy in the way I think of spicy, in fact usually not hot-spicy at all. If you want heat - use the wasabi (blend some wasabi with soy sauce to your taste and use as a dip). Avoid the mayo! Just say no to "spicy scallop roll!"
You could perhaps start off with some miso soup (about 100 calories, good protein, flavourful, satisfying). You could even toss in some tempura vegetables (yes, deep fried, but usually very light).
It is very nice if you are dining with someone that is willing to share... many Japanese restaurants by default will put all the sushi ordered at the table onto one big platter, from which you each then help yourselves - if you can do this, you can experience a lot more flavours (you pick 2 or 3 things, your dining partner picks 2 or 3 things, and you get to have a little taste of 6 different things!).
Wow. I suddenly want sushi really badly lol. Enjoy your dinner :)
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