Review Preview: Sushi Ai

Aug 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm
click to enlarge You can eat a lot more sushi than this at Sushi Ai. - Image via
You can eat a lot more sushi than this at Sushi Ai.
This week I visit Sushi Ai, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in Maryland Heights.
In theory, all-you-can-eat sushi is a terrifying concept, the death blow to a noble cuisine struck by the imperialist reach of gluttonous America. I imagine spider rolls as long as party subs, whole tuna loins carved tableside, wasabi paste sculpted into life-size swans, competitive-eating champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut rolling up to a sushi bar and single-handedly depopulating the world's salmon stock. I remember the first sushi I ever ate, at a basement restaurant in Madrid, of all places, a piece of octopus so fresh that I thought I could feel its tentacle wrapping around my tongue as I chewed, and I weep.
How much sushi can I eat? Visit the RFT restaurant page late tomorrow afternoon or check back here Wednesday morning to find out what I think.