Revolving sushi

South Korea
July 3, 2010 9:25am CST
Hi all, When I lived in Japan I often went to the small sushi shops where you sit at a central counter and the fish comes past you on a conveyor. (Kaiten sushi-think I have the spelling right or at least close). I like this style because each plate is coloured and priced clearly. You can budget well and of course tea and the extras (soy sauce, ginger, wasabi) are all free and plentiful Anyone else tried them in Japan or elsewhere? What's your favourite? I love tuna and the (non fish) egg type too. I am not keen on ultra chewy fish. Salmon is nice too. I am hungry now lol.
3 responses
@Galena (9120)
3 Jul 10
in the UK we've got Yo Sushi. there's not one near me, but when I went to London last, there was one at the station (I think it was Paddington station) and I really enjoyed it. I found it really relaxing to watch the bowls going by, and liked seeing them being prepared. I had some with octopus tentacles, because I love squid and octopus, and some fruit. the only downside is that it's quite expensive. but lovely for a treat
• South Korea
3 Jul 10
Hi Galena, yum you have made me even hungrier! I am British too, though I rarely get to visit the UK and never go to London. Perhaps I will be tempted now :) I agree with you - the circular motion is almost hypnotic ey and the chefs are so skilled. Were they Japanese? Have you tried 'takoyaki'? (Like a batter ball fried with octopus inside and fish flaes and brown sauce on top. MUCH nicer than it sounds lol. I am interested in the comment about price. Can you remmeber how much?
@Galena (9120)
3 Jul 10
I can't remember the exact prices, but I think you were looking at about £3.00 upwards for each dish, and they're small dishes. so you'd need quite a few to feel full. I can't remember the nationality of the chefs. it was a good few years ago now. I haven't tried those, but I'll keep my eye out. I love seafood.
• South Korea
4 Jul 10
Wow that does sound expensive, and would be more now I am sure. In Japan you get two pieces per plate, it was always around 100 yen for the cheapest (trying to work it out to pounds.... maybe around 50p or so.) Of course the prices were varying but I never spent more than a fiver to be stuffed. Would you be brave enough to try live (ish) octopus? I heae the suckers try to stick inside your throat...yahhhhh. Not my thing hehehe.
@o0jopak0o (6405)
• Philippines
3 Jul 10
well i like the idea of the conveyor thing but the person nearest to the entrance of it always get the good ones. But i know a place where they add in two places so everyone will get what they want.
• South Korea
4 Jul 10
Oooh I never thought of that. Everyone I have been too has been arranged so the chef(s) are in the centre and so new dishes get added randomly. You can also order a plate if what you want is not there. Good to have something with two entrances, if you like. The biggest challenge for me has often been getting the wasabi pot from the belt - as they can move quite fast ey. Easier to grab a plate than the pot. Then I have to get it back on again! I am so excited for my upcoming trip. Sushi, tempura, tonkatsu, ahhhhhhhh.
• United States
3 Jul 10
Oh yeah! I saw one of those while on vacation in England! I think it's really cool! I didn't get to eat there though. :( I love sushi! I made some the other day actually... Kind of fun... :)
• South Korea
3 Jul 10
OOOh nice. What kind did you make? Was it easy? I have seen people do it of course but never tried myself. I know you need some kind of vinegar for the rice - which is too much trouble to find here in Korea hehhee. I hardly eat sushi these days but I am going to fill up in September when I visit Tokyo. I may even force myself to get up at dawn and go to the fish market. Nothing like still moving fish for breakfast :)