OK CH'ers. Inspired a bit by an earlier thread lamenting the lack of places for those on a budget, I'm offering up a decent, off the beaten track spot in Oakland Chinatown. It's called Sui Sui K, located on 7th between Broadway and Franklin (right next to the Howard Johnson's, which is closed for renovation). SSK is a Japanese place that has a sushi bar and a variety of Japanese food items.
Bear in mind that the appeal of SSK is this - it's an all you can eat place that makes everything to order (no, it's not a buffet trough), and costs $9.95 a person at lunchtime and $11.95 per person at dinner. What is very likable about SSK is that the menu you can order off of has an extensive selection of items (easily more than 60). Sushi comes in the form of hand rolls, nigiri and hosomaki (with at least 10 choices in each section, including unagi, salmon, ebi and white tuna). You can also order appetizers (hiyayako, agedashi, gyoza, etc.), various ramens (noodles are not the dry kind, but fresh packaged), bento boxes (usual tempuras and teriyakis), udons, etc. The place is decently spic and span, and they offer the typical selection of beers and sake. One can easily have dinner with a beer or some sake, and walk out of there with tax and tip for just a hair over $20.
Quality of everything is better than what you'd find at a buffet, and they don't pad the nigiri or handrolls with an inordinate amount of rice. The protocol is that each diner gets to order 3 items. When the items are made and brought to you, you can order another 3 items (or the same 3 that you previously ordered). There are no limits placed on what you can order, just as long as you finish the 3 items from your previous order.
If you want to order something like maguro or hamachi, those items are available a la carte. But for $11.95 at dinner, why bother? You can order a few handrolls, a few orders of nigiri, some tofu and gyoza, then finish it off with a bowl of ramen (which is a normal size serving, so order that at the end lest you fill yourself up too soon).
I've been to SSK for both lunch and dinner, and it's never been crowded or loud. Service can be indifferent at times, but for the price, who cares? I like the quality/price ratio, so I'm hoping that SSK gets a steady stream of business so they can stay around for awhile.