Mr. Tess and I went out for lunch yesterday to a “conveyor belt” sushi restaurant. Apparently it is the only such place in the Midwest. A placard with a list of ingredients leads a little group of plates with maki rolls, gliding slowly past our table… What fun!
Oddly enough, the rolls were all California-style with the rice on the outside. Most seemed to have imitation Krab meat, but the ones with tempura shrimp were very nice. Perhaps it was because a large party was just finishing up as we came in, and this was the middle of the afternoon, so then we were the only customers.
It really was fun, and
likely we’ll go back for some of the menu items.
4037 Carpenter Road (at Ellsworth)
Below is a summary from The Ann Arbor News review:
Attractive Japanese restaurant with a wide variety of sushi (and a sushi conveyor belt); a small, excellent selection of Korean specialties as well.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight;
Saturday, noon to midnight.
Prices: Moderate. Sushi range from $2.50 for conveyor-belt plates to $12.50 for top-priced specialty rolls, with most made-to-order rolls in the $6-$8 range and nigiri (in two-piece portions) averaging $5. Noodles, teriyaki, katsu, $10-$14; salads and appetizers, $3.50-$14.
Noise level: Easy on the ear.
Wheelchair access: Good, but most tables have a step up and fixed benches, which could pose a problem for patrons who cannot transfer from a wheelchair.
Smoking section: No.
The Bottom Line: A keeper. Welcoming service, good sushi, salads and great bi bim bop, plus the novelty of the conveyor belt.
And here are pictures from A2 News.
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