Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sushi-Go-Round, KATSU

It is said that a conveyor belt sushi restaurant was invented in Osaka, Japan in the late 1950's by a sushi chef who apparently experienced a blinding flash of inspiration while watching beer bottles rotate through a brewery.  In a renovation, the owners had installed a large central sushi bar, and around the bar a revolving conveyor belt on which the chefs continually place little plates of fresh sushi, to which diners help themselves.  The color of the plate indicates the price; at the end of the meal the waiter adds it all plates up.  

Sushi-go-round became very famous in Japan.  Conveyor belt sushi restaurants are often frequented by value-minded consumers and those who may not have time for a leisurely meal.  They are also popular among families with children.  For small children, just watching Sushi-go-round is fun.  There is no danger of leftover food for small eaters or remaining appetite for big eaters due to the endless supply of small portions.

So today, here is one of popular Sushi restaurants and I will show you how to eat in there.

Sushi-go-round, "Katsu" has 4 restaurants in Tokyo area.

They are so popular that you might have to wait in a line for some time.  At a Sunday dinner time around 7p.m. there are about 40 people in a line.

40 minutes later, finally you can go in the restaurant.

You can see the price of each plate.

As you have a seat, make tea and prepare soy source and ginger plates.

Have a pair of chopsticks, spoon tea powder and put in your cup, then pour hot water in it by pushing the backside button.
Also, pour some soy source and have some ginger in each small plate.

OK, ready?

There are more than 100 menus in the restaurant. You can take the plates from the conveyor, or you can also order to the Sushi chef in front of you.

Though a little expensive, special fatty tuna (Toro) is the best taste.

See eel (Anago) cucumber roll, three kinds of squid sushi, and amberjack. 

Sweet Shrimp.

Horse mackerel and three grilled special assort (tuna, salmon, and white fish).

And this seafood miso soup is only 136 yen!

When you finish the dinner, ask for check. A waitress comes to you with a electronic device. The device can count the plates and each price because IC tip is put in each plate.

Bring the card passed from the waitress to the cashier, and pay for the meal. The good part dining in Japan is you do not have to worry about tip at all. The meal price is usually includes taxes already and no tip is needed. So you just pay only you are said.

Today, the price for 11 plates (10 plates of sushi and a bowl of soup) was only 2,234 yen. Light meal for 2 people.

Katsu Sushi-go-round restaurants also check for radioactive material after 311 earthquake, so you can enjoy sushi with no worry.

Katus Granduo Kamata restaurant
Granduo Kamata East building  6F
5-13-1, Kamata, Ota-ku, Tokyo

Experience Japan!

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