Dining at Kaitenzushi (Conveyor belt sushi)

  • HOW TO
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    Everyone loves sushi. I mean, who wouldn’t? Raw it might be, but something to remember about this Japanese cuisine is that it looks as fresh and great as it can be.

    Sushi consists of cooked vinegared rice served as the base, topped with various ingredients from vegetables to meat, eggs, seafood(which would be the most common topping), and sometimes even fruits. They are also served in a lot of different arrays, from simple to elegant looking, from round-shaped sushi to cute animal-shaped ones.

    Almost all of Japanese-style restaurants that I know of serve sushi. You can find them everywhere, even in convenience stores and buy them for as low as 100yen/plate. But, if you ever visit Japan, you must try eating it at a kaitenzushi, a place where sushis are served on a conveyor belt, and you get as many plates as you can handle to satisfy your sushi craving. I, personally, love going to this kind of places.

    Ordering

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    Like at any other Japanese restaurant, upon entering, a staff is there to guide you to a table if you came with a group, or to a chair at the counter if you are alone. If you feel comfortable enough and feel like giving your first sushi a try, you may either (a) choose from the conveyor belt in front of you and pick a plate from those lined up, (b) use a small touch panel in your table and order through it(if available) or use a paper menu, or (c) go for the sushi meal set. Not all sushis on conveyer are free, some are being specifically ordered by customers, but they are in a different holder and are always labeled, so they are easy to distinguish.

    If you feel like you had enough sushi for the day, you can also go for dessert, the places don’t just solely offer sushi. Aside from that, you can also find Japanese foods such as miso, ramen, udon, and karage on the menu. They also serve cakes, ice cream, soft drinks and beer.

    Check out

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    After eating, you might wonder how you gonna know how much you should pay for the stack of plates of sushi in front of you. Easy enough, just press the goukei(合計) button near you if available or call for a staff, he or she will come to your aid. The staff then will count the plates and multiply it by the price of the sushi, and then either give you a receipt or check you out right at the place. Sushi plate colors are different depending on the price per plate.

    If you ever visit Japan, never forget to dine in a kaitenzushi, for your stay in Japan would not be complete without trying it at least once.