Conveyor belt sushi venues are very common in Japan. They are loved by both Japanese and tourists, because it’s an attraction and one of the cheapest ways to eat sushi.
The short history of this type of restaurants is as follows. Yoshiaki Shiraishi was trying to find how to cut expenses to run a sushi restaurant. And he took an idea of serving food in unique way from an Asahi beer conveyor. Details might be found at Wikipedia.
In Genki Sushi, customers don’t even see sushi chefs; they make orders using tablets (English menu is available).
Instead of a conveyor belt, a sushi is delivered on rail cars – fresh-made, straight to the customer who ordered it.
Customers can also have free green tea, water and pickled ginger.
So why is Genki Sushi so cheap (prices from 128 yen/about 1$ for a plate)?
First of all, a lot of work is automated. That means less staff, more robots 🙂 Second, these restaurants don’t use very expensive fish. It’s still good and very tasty though.
By the way, there’s not only sushi on the menu in Genki Sushi, but salads, soups, side dishes, ramen, etc.
How to enjoy food at Genki Sushi:
- Take a binder that staff give you and go to your seat.
- Using a tablet in front of you, make an order.
- Enjoy your food!
- If troubles come up, you can call the staff.
Address: 24-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0042
Have you tried conveyor belt sushi? Did you like it?