Kaiten zushi is sushi given the fast food treatment; also known as conveyor belt sushi by English-speakers, it’s sushi done cheap, quick and — most importantly — delicious.
Both Edu and I love sushi, and so our first weekend in Tokyo, we stopped at Sushi-Daidokoya to have our first kaiten zushi experience.
It works pretty similarly to other conveyor belt sushi joints — you can place your order with one of the servers, who then calls them out to the chefs behind the bar. Or you can just grab items off of the conveyor belt as they pass in front of you. Once you’ve cleaned them off, you can stack your plates, which are colour-coded depending on the price of the item. At the end of your meal, the server determines how much to charge you based on the quantity and colour of your empty dishes.
The second kaiten zushi restaurant we checked out was the slightly more modern Genki Sushi.
Genki Sushi is actually a chain of restaurants with locations all over Japan, Singapore, and the USA, among others. The basic idea is the same as your typical kaiten zushi, only you place your orders through an iPad.
The menu comes in various languages, including English. You can order three items at a time, which arrive speedily on these tracks moments after you place your request.
On a related note:
Japanese Lesson of the Day: とてもおいしいですね！(totemo oishii desu ne) — “It’s really delicious!”