Sushi on a Conveyor Belt…


Recently, I had my first foray into the world of kaiten sushi, or conveyor belt sushi. Kaiten sushi is very popular in Japan, and it seems to be gaining a bit of popularity in the states, as well.  I visited Sushi Station in Elgin, IL to taste my first sushi on a conveyor belt.  Read all about my experience after the jump!


When I first walked in with my boyfriend, I didn’t know what to do.  Do we just sit own?  Will someone explain it all to us?  Luckily, we were seated by the hostess and a waitress came and gave us a quick spiel.  Here’s the deal:

-Sushi will travel around the room on a conveyor belt.  There are little placards on the conveyor belt with a name and description of each dish, so you know what they are.

-When you see something you like, grab it!

-You’ll know how much the dish costs because the plates are color-coded.  White plates are $1.25, pink plates are $2.25, blue plates are $3.25, etc.

-Stack up your plates and at the end of the meal, your waitress will count them up and calculate your bill.

(this isn’t a photo I took, but it looks something like this- photo courtesy of Life in Blue Jeans)


Our waitress then took our drink orders, left, and we were ready to go!  I immediately grabbed the first thing I saw out of excitement: a little bowl of edamame.  Then,  I grabbed a plate full of Boston rolls.  Next, it was beef tataki…then some California rolls…then some Philadelphia rolls…then some Station rolls…then some chocolate eclairs…we couldn’t be stopped! One hour and $50 later, we had two full bellies and 12 empty plates.

What I loved about this experience was that the plates are so small that you can try a little bit of everything.  The plates generally have 4 maki rolls or 2 nigiri on them, so they’re perfect for sharing.  What I also loved is that you could come to this place for a quick snack OR a full meal!  While you are largely left alone, the waitress always stops back to see if you’d like to order anything off the menu that you haven’t seen yet on the conveyor belt.

Overall, I had a fantastic experience!  I’m already planning a trip back!  Any place where food moves on its own and I can stuff my face with raw fish is a good place for me :)

If you’d prefer to make your own Japanese food, check out these authentic Japanese recipes!

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  • Dawn

    I used to live in the NW burbs of Chicago and had the delight of accidentally finding Sushi Station one evening. That place was amazing..lots of choices and you could eat as much or as little as you could stand. I live in New England now..far, far away from Sushi Station..sigh..I miss it!!

  • SushiTail

    I’m a big fan of Kaiten sushi. You will know exactly what you are getting and you can choose from several items and pick the best one, plus the prices are always reasonable.

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