Went to the new Sushi Train at Yonge near Bloor, which is run by Koreans. The sushi and other food items are paraded on a conveyor belt in front of you. You grab what you like, differently coloured dishes are tallied up at the end. Prices range from $2 - $4.50. The belt is arranged in two tight lines so you always have two lines in front of you going in opposite directions. Of the fish I tried, everything is fresh and good quality. However there are some problems which make me not wanting to go back soon.
1) variety is limited. You see the same kind of things going around. Other items are grabbed as soon as they appear.
2) where you sit is very important. When they brought out items like tempura, they always put it down at the same spot, in the "middle" of the belt. I never got any as I was not sitting near there and other people around that spot got to them first.
3) you would not know if the salmon sushi passing in front of you has been made and put on the belt 1 minute ago, or 1 hour ago. There is no indication, except for signs of the sushi drying out.
4) no labels on the dishes. And there are a few fancy rolls going around, some with cream cheese. It takes close inspection
to figure what some of them are.
The concept is fun and it works because there are similar restaurents all over Japan. Hopefully management can work on improving some of these problems.
BTW they serve an "omakaze" menu (that's how they spelt it) with all the courses listed out. Everything is set except for "3 pieces of sushi".
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