@ SF Japantown West Mall
This was my 1st dinner in SF, also my belated bday dinner/present from Tina haha This place, according to what I read on a little poster inside the restaurant while I was eating, is the 1st Japanese restaurant in North America to have the conveyor belt. Thus, making it a popular restaurant in not only this mall/Japantown, but for many locals & tourists as well. We got here ~6:30PM & there was a line-up! Had to wait ~20mins.
The restaurant space was very limiting; everyone sat in a circle around the “kitchen”, where chefs made sushi right before your eyes haha it was cool! I’ve never been to conveyor belt sushi restaurants before! Sooo appetizing… It was crowded though & hmmm my rough estimate of max seating capacity was probably… ~25-30. It’s almost a fast food restaurant bcos it wasn’t the type of restaurant where you’d sit after you’re done eating to talk with friends or anything. You leave after you’re done so the next customers could come in, which I don’t mind at all bcos not only is the restaurant space limiting, the “table” space was limiting as well.
In the below photo, which is of the sushi I liked the most (have noooo idea what it is… some marinated clam I think), you’ll see the width of the circular table. I’d say it’s a little more than a 12” ruler, so about ~15”.
I wanted to try the sushi on the left in the pic below cos it had squid in it… I love squid… haha Tina didn’t find it appealing so I ate both pieces. It was squid mixed with celery pieces. The texture was cool~ The sushi on the right is some fish salad. They don’t have (space for) a menu so besides the obvious kinds, I had no idea what was in their sushi :S makes things exciting, I guess. Choosing the ones that look the most appealing to you.
My 2nd fav = the one on top in the pic below. It was vegetarian BUT those brown things are…fried peanuts! Interesting texture for sure. You had the vegetables inside, then the layer of sushi rice, & then covered in fried peanuts. Amazing!
The one on the bottom however… avacado & cheese in the middle, & sprinkled with bonito flakes. I didn’t like this one as much. The combination of ingredients was interesting but the cheese & avocado.. it was mushy…
Raw scallop. Enough said.
We ate 10 plates in total - some had more than 2 pieces… so ~22-24 pieces in total.
This was while waiting for our bill. There was only ONE thing that was $8.95 & it was the crab leg sushi.
Sushi chef, conveyor belt/boat of sushi, & items not on the belt.
Ohhh it was so satisfying… 9.5/10 for 10 plates of sushi. Just 0.5 taken off for the weird texture of that avocado/cheese one.