Kaiten zushi, or conveyor belt sushi, is a little gimmicky, yes, but also ridiculously fun. It appeals to the dim sum lover in me--all those carts going by full of dumplings, and you just look, smell, and choose. And, like those clangy tins in Chinatown, the color coded plates coming down the teeny luggage carousel are full of surprises.
Oh, don't look at me like that. Sushi does not have to be an austere exercise to be good. True, not every shop is going to be high quality, but this one, Midori in the Meguro Atre 2 building, is fantastic and a deal. Forty senior citizens standing in line when the place opens at eleven can't be wrong. Seriously, the elderly don't screw around here when it comes to food.
|Fatty tuna, come on down!|
|Tender little squids dotted with yuzu|
|Big, fat, sweet oysters|
Shake a little matcha powder into your cup, push a button for hot water, and hey! Green tea! Very Jetsons--you know, no fundamental changes in the way we live in the future, just more gee-whiz conveniences, like a robot in an frilly apron. Because seriously, even a thousand years from now, with flying cars and space colonies, you can't have a male robot cooking and cleaning.
Back to sushi. It just keeps coming!
|Sea urchin in their spiny shells|
|Crab legs without all the effort and messy newspaper!|
|Fried smelt--salted and full of roe|
|Fresh scallops, conger eel|
|Sea snails! Cooked with soy sauce|
|Salmon, grilled a little to bring out the fat, and drizzled with citrusy sauce|
To tally up, a staff member scans the plates and gives you a little curl of a receipt that shoots out of the scanner. Jetsons!
There are booths along the counter, too, which is great if you have kids in tow. Kaiten zushi is actually very family friendly, and there are plenty of parents and kids on the weekends. Get there early, and make it a weekday if you don't want a long wait.