Ride the Sushi Train

Every since we started getting settled in more and more people were asking us if we tried a certain sushi place.  I think everyone had their own name for it (remember we can't always read signs around here), but Ryan texted one day last week and asked if I wanted to go to the turtle place for sushi.  I responded with something along the lines of -yes, but just as long as they don't have turtle sushi.

Now you see why this is called 2 turtles or the turtle place, or anything involving turtles.  It is also known as the 100 yen place because most plates of sushi are 105 yen (about $1.40).
I can see why everyone loves this place.  Alright, the price is probably a main reason, but it is also because this is one of those conveyor belt sushi places.  You sit down at a table and watch the sushi on ride by you on display.  When you see something you like, you just pick it up.  The plates collect on the table and at the end of the meal the server adds up the price.  The shape of the plate dictates the cost.
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But wait...there's more to this than just the sushi riding around.  Let's say you wanted something and by the time the conveyor belt gets to you it's gone.  Or maybe you don't see what you wanted coming around, like hot soup for example.  Well, here is where things get really cool.
That is a touch screen computerized menu.  Oh, and they have it in English too!  So you can place an order here, and then hit submit.  This is the screen that pops up after your order is placed.
In the mean time I grabbed one of these shrimps off the belt.  Yum!
We watched a few more things ride around.  No idea what some of this stuff was.  We actually used the computer menu to see if we could find out what some things were because there was English along with the pictures on the screen.
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Things kept going around, and we grabbed one of these omelets.  If you have ever eaten at a sushi place before you have probably seen these.  It is a little sweet and served cold.
Then BAM!  The sushi train arrives on the top conveyor belt with our order.  We are just sitting there and next thing we know this cute train stops right at our table bringing us our sushi order.  How freakin' cute!!!
In a moment of fear that it would quickly return to the kitchen with our food, we started to take the plates off, but I forgot to take a picture, so I did as quickly as I could before the last plate was removed.  We later learned there is a button to push to send it back to the kitchen.
Other sushi we picked up (or ordered) included:

Cucumbers with a sweet sauce inside.
Salmon nigiri (sashimi, which is the thin sliced raw fish, is placed on top of rice, with a little wasabi underneath the fish).
Tempura shrimp nigiri.
Edamame, which in Japan is served cold.
Salmon nigiri with something on top.  Ryan ate this one, so I am not sure if we ever really determined this one.
Snow crab nigiri (this was cooked crab).
I almost forgot to mention beverages.  They serve juice packs that come around on the conveyor belt too.

Oh wow!  This was so awesome.  I can't wait to go back again.  Seriously some of the best sushi I have ever eaten.  The food was so fresh.  Glad this was suggested to us so early in our stay here.

QUESTIONS:  Do you like sushi?  What is your favorite kind?  Ever been to a conveyor belt sushi place?


Gina; The Candid RD said...

This sounds like HEAVEN! I can't believe how cheap the sushi is, amazing. We do have a sushi restaurant in town with a conveyor belt, but not one with a computer screen for ordering! Now that's brilliant.

Jessie said...

I've enjoyed discovering Japan with you! I do wish the US had more sushi places like the one you went to because I've always wanted to try conveyer belt sushi. I don't think any places around here have that adorable little train. And the touch screen to place your order is amazing! They really know how to do things right in Japan, don't they ? :)

I'm glad you have been enjoying exploring the culinary side of Japan, Melinda!

EA-The Spicy RD said...

What a cool place! I do like sushi,and I always bring my bottle of gluten-free soy sauce when we go out for it. Never in my life have I been to a sushi restaurant with a conveyor belt, nor with such cheap prices! Fun!

Unknown said...

I love sushi! I especially like eel. I have never been to the rotating sushi bar in Towson, I hear it's not so great, and if I'm going to sushi in Towson, I'm going to Sushi Hana of course! Did you have any eel??

Special K said...

Choo-Choo! I want to be on your bandwagon. The sushi looks fab-o! And I love anything interactive with food.
:) I like sushi because I always try and taste new things. Not a WHOLE lot of sushi here in Germany though!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I like sushi a lot. What a COOL sushi place!!! The toddler would get a kick out of that train! And so would I! :)

Lele said...

Whoooooooooa here I was thinking that Japan was so mega expensive and yet there is this cheap and amazing looking sushi! And that train! My gosh the experience of having my food delivered to me on a miniature train in and of itself would be priceless.

Lori said...

It is my husband's dream to eat at a sushi train. Ha! We almost went to one in Hong Kong, but ended up someplace else. I have to say that I'd much rather try one in Japan. This looks so good! We love sushi, but I actually only started eating it in Brazil. With the large Japanese population there they did sushi so well with lots of Brazilian twists!

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