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Musashi Sushi: Conveyor-belt sushi
One of the must-have eating experiences on any visit to Japan is a visit to a kaiten or conveyor- belt sushi restaurant, and this one in Kyoto is a great example. On the ground floor (or first floor I guess, since the Japanese follow the US convention in numbering floors) is a counter where diners perch on stools and choose from the plates that pass in front of them, while on the floor above, where we ate, booths radiate out from the central hub where sushi is prepared by the chefs and loaded on to the conveyor. Here the diners at the conveyor end of the table must take the responsibility for grabbing the passing plates not only for themselves but also for their dining companions. We ate with another couple from our group, Sue and John from Australia, and it was John and I who performed this task – with enthusiasm you might say, if you saw the number of empty plates piled on the table by the end of the meal!
Those plates are important, as the bill is totalled according to their number. I have eaten in sushi restaurants in London where the plates are colour-coded to indicate the price, but here all dishes cost the same - just 137¥. This meant that we could have a filling meal (15 plates between us) for the bargain price of just over 3,000¥, including two beers – about £18 or $30.
Favorite Dish: All the sushi here is handmade. There was a really good variety available and I don't think we had anything more than once, however good, in order to try more dishes. My favourite was probably the melt-in-your-mouth bonito tuna, closely followed by the tempura prawns (I've never had tempura on sushi before!) and crab.
It was busy when we were there and the plates were being constantly added to the belt by the chefs in the centre of the room, so we could be confident all the sushi was freshly made (and I noticed they removed and threw away a couple of pieces that had been round a few times without being selected). I've seen mixed reviews of this place on Trip Advisor but I, as a non-expert but enthusiastic sushi eater, was more than happy with it.
After dinner some of us went to a nearby karaoke room.
Kurazushi: Food and Fun!
There is a Kurazushi conveniently located between Ryoanji and Kinkakuji Temple. It features a variety of sushi, drinks, and desserts all rolling by on the conveyer belt for you to grab. If you want something specific, you can order if directly from the screen at your table.
When you finish a plate, put it down the chute below the screen. For every 5 plates you get to play a game on the screen, usually involving choosing one of 3 things and seeing if your choice wins. If you win, a small prize from the machine above will descend for you to keep! It's filling and entertaining!
Sushi at the satation
At one of the evening on Kyoto we decided to try the local sushi restaurant at the railway station. It was looking as typical place with the dishes pass by you where you can chose the ones you like. However, they also offer you a menu where you can order additional and different items that are not on the line. (see images) The food was good and the service was very friendly.
Favorite Dish: Sushi
Nishiki Market - Kyoto's Kitchen: Varieties Japanese
Nishiki market is a great place to grab your lunch and snacks.
You can choose from:
- Yakitori - barbeque chicken skewers
Sushi and Sashimi
Ramen - chinese noodles soup
Donburi - mainly rice topped with cooked meat or fish
Tonkatsu - Fried chicken
Yaki Soba - Stir fry noodles
and many more.
Favorite Dish: Check out delicious Bento!!! Looks Delicious and taste even greater.
You can get any selection of Bento price are between JPY400-800.
My Grilled Unagi with Glutinous Rice and Red Bean Bento box I bought is price JPY550
Kaiten zushi: Sushi: choose, grab & eat!
This is one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Kyoto. First of all it's relaxed because you don't have to worry about not knowing japanese or not being able to read menus. Here the sushi comes on a conveyor belt and you just choose what you wanna have, grab it and eat. It's simple as that. Plus for someone never tried sushi before one plate might be enough and then the experience only cost about 100yen. For those who likes sushi it's a great way to try different kinds!
So how exactly does it work?
1. Enter and have a seat at any free barstool.
2. Make yourself some green tea. Pour soy in a wee dish and help yourself to some pickled ginger. If you want extra wasabi you will have to ask for it. Just say: 'Wasabi o kudasai' to the chef. The waitress will get you beer or water if you'd like some. (Beer:Biru o kudasai. Water:Mizu o kudasai).
3. Anything you want on the belt just grab it and eat. Dishes got different prices. It says how much on the wall where they have hung up plates and put prices next to them.
4. When finished just get up and the waitress will count your plates. Pay by the exit and that's that!
Favorite Dish: Tuna.
Kaiten zushi: Experience you can't miss
Very efficient way of eating...You are seated in front of the conveyor belt with all the sushi's revolving. Just take your pick and in the end, they will count the number of plates you ate (and the type) and you get your bill. More economical way of eating, compared to going to regular restaurants. Plate costs from 120 yen to 700 yen, so better check out the prices first before you get the plates! Cool thing they did is that they just scan the plates in the end and weigh and they know how many pieces. Talk about technology, huh?!
Favorite Dish: Salmon Sushi...both raw and cooked ones :-)
Musashi Sushi: Sushi lovers' haven!
Kaiten zushi are all over Japan. At these places conveyor belts travel around the restaurant with plates of sushi and sashimi on them. The diner sits on a stool facing the conveyor belt and simply picks up the plates that look most appealing. You can get a beer to drink with your sushi or enjoy green tea. You are charged JPY110 per plate, though for some dishes, it can be a little more.
Musashi was my first real Sushi experience ever! It was like in the movies. You have a table for 6 people and the belt with all kind of Sushi right next to you. You can pick whatever you want. Each plate is 100 Yen.
Favorite Dish: Sushi,.... what else?
If you don't feel like spending big bucks in a more traditional style Sushi restaurant look for a restaurant which displays a mini conveyor belt with plastic sushi in the front window. These places are called Kaiten Zushi and are much cheaper than a formal sushi restaurant. After your seated just sit back and enjoy the view of the sushi chefs preparing plates to be placed on the automated conveyor belt which makes its round through the restaurant.
Musashi Sushi: Sushi a la conveyor belt
This place just rocks! If you're looking for fresh, quickly served sushi & cold Kirin beer this is the place to come. It's always crowded but there are two floors to accomdate patrons of this budget sushi restaurant. Here you won't have to worry about messing your Japanese language skills up while ordering sushi from a chef.....you just look at what looks good and pick a plate right off the conveyor belt. The plates are color coded which idicates the price of the sushi you choose (averages about 100 yen per plate). The beer is cold and the atmosphere is festive.
Favorite Dish: There is so much good stuff to choose from I'd hate to only list my favorites.
Musashi Sushi: Sushi
It's one of the cheapest places to eat with plates at 120 yen. It's good food for the price. If you aren't familiar with these type of places, dishes of sushi and other small bites are placed on a conveyor belt and you just pluck the plates that you want to eat.
I love the sushi bar at the JR station. There's a wide selection of delicious sushi. It was my first time visiting a sushi bar in Japan. There's free-flow of Japanese green tea at the table (self-service). Wait to be seated and get a cup and put a tea bag and get some hot water from the tap at the table. Soya sauce and ginger pickles are at the table for your consumption too. There's also an English menu.You can request for the particular sushi that you want from the menu, and if it is not available on the conveyor belt, the "chef" in front of you will make one for you. Just take what you fancy.
Many westerners thought that sushi is all about raw fish. Give it a try, cos sushi is not only raw fish. There are some cooked fish as well. And also other ingredient too, not only fish. For example the one I had is duck sushi, which is cooked and delicious. I like the unagi sushi (cooked) too.
Favorite Dish: 1) Duck sushi... yummy, cannot find duck sushi elsewhere. This is a cooked sushi.
2) Sashimi (raw salmon) and wide selection of raw fish sushi. There's also a raw squid and raw prawn sushi which I dare not try.
3) The crab mayonnaise sushi is great too.
Kaitensushi for those that don`t know is sushi that is on small plates & they are placed on a conveyor like belt in front of you. The sushi goes around and around & you choose what you want to eat & you can order sushi as well if you don`t see it going around.
Everything at this kaitensushi restaurant is 100 yen/per plate. The sushi at this place stays fresh as the seat turnover rate is high.
You can`t see the sushi chefs from your seat but you can speak to them through an intercom if you want to order something that you don`t see on the belt.
Favorite Dish: I love the unagi (eel) and sake (salmon). The unagi at this kaitensushi place is not dry like some places.
Musashi - Kaiten zushi: my favorites
This is a very popular rotating sushi restaurant with both locals and tourists. All plates are 120Yen and I suggest ordering freshly whenever possible, as it always tastes better than what's on the conveyor belt. When your are done eating, ask them to give you a "kaikei" (bill) and go and pay at the front. At Musashi, they round DOWN the price to the next whole number, eg. 859 yen will be 850yen etc. Nice!
Favorite Dish: 1) "yaki harasu": ginger and deliciously fatty salmon
2) "onion salmon": salmon with raw onion and mayonnaise
3) "maguro no yuke": pieces of raw tuna marinated in soy sauce and sesame seeds, topped with chopped green onions AND a raw quail egg, all wrapped in toasted seaweed!!)
(not pictured: "negi toro": similar to "maguro no yuke" except the tuna is pureed and there is no raw egg)
rotating sushi: another rotating sushi place!
It's a great new super modern and organized roating sushi place in the heart of Kyoto! When you walk in you write your name on the list and how many people. it's all very well organised and within a minute or two you are called to a seat either along the counter or at a table. Either way just grab whatever takes your fancy as it moves along the converyor belt. EVERY PLATE IS JUST 100 YEN!!!!! The green tea you make yourself and is free, as much as you like. Don't forget to have some wasabi and of course shoyu with your sushi. I went through 6 plates and was full. I think the average for men is about 8 plates.
Favorite Dish: hmm... ikura(those big pink eggs), creamed corn with squid, anything with squid, sweet prawn, prawn and mayo roll.... mmm....
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