Ring Around the Sushi
Sashimi rollin’, they hatin’.
By Jessica Faulkner
Remember when conveyor belt sushi was all the rage?
Yeah. Me neither.
Apparently, I am a class A sushi snob. When I first saw rotation sushi a few years ago, I was shopping at Harrod’s in London. It seemed like a cool gimmick, but the idea of raw fish floating around on tiny pods was strange to me. At that time in my life, I was enjoying luxe sushi at Nobu garnished with gold crusted pot leaves. It was a little over the top, I’ll admit.
Enter adult me. Gone are the days of dropping a ton of cash on dinner…on a Tuesday.
It’s been a very busy week for us. Between working freelance gigs and redeveloping our business plan, we have been on overdrive for the last month. So when it comes to making decisions for dinner, let’s just say it turns into a real shit show.
“Are you hungry? What do you want to eat?”
“I don’t know? What do you want to eat?”
You know the drill.
After spending a few minutes on the interwebs looking for something inexpensive and different, we came across Kula Revolving Sushi in Little Tokyo. This tiny restaurant felt fun and festive and offered an interesting way to enjoy sushi in a casual dining environment.
When we arrived we entered our information into a tablet to receive a text when a table became available. This process is awesome because with wait times up to an hour, the automated check in system allows you to check out the plaza shops while you wait.
Once we sat down, we ordered a beer and dove into the kaiten experience. At Kula, you can select sushi from the conveyor belt or from the electronic tablet at your seat. We appreciated this uniquely anonymous ordering style because it allowed us to order at our leisure.
At $2.25 a plate, we started to get hungry eyes as we watched everything from glistening toro nigiri to bright spicy crunch rolls move past us. In an effort to stay away from the tiny plate ordering trap, we decided to share. So basically we tried one of everything, except for salmon roe, because that’s just not my style.
The quality of the fish was decent given the price. Also, Kula uses a program that automatically disposes the plates after they have been on the belt for a certain amount of time. This system, coupled with high customer volume helps the restaurant to maintain a good balance of quality and experience.
The clever conveyor counter concept is a fun way to enjoy sushi with friends, but without the bill that will leave you gasping for air.