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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tokyo Seafood Buffet's Conveyor-Belt Sushi Is Mesmerizingly Disappointing

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb

Avocado. Avocado. Avocado. Spicy tuna? Avocado. Avocado. Avocado?

I'm standing along the perimeter of the rectangular sushi station -- I'd call it the sushi bar but there's nowhere to sit -- at Tokyo Seafood Buffet (8004 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-991-1188), watching as plates of sushi, two pieces to a plate, trundle past me on a conveyor belt.

click to enlarge The sushi conveyor belt in action at Tokyo Seafood Buffet - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • The sushi conveyor belt in action at Tokyo Seafood Buffet

Avocado. Fake crab. Spicy tuna and avocado. Whoa! -- nigiri. Avocado.

Yoshiaki Shiraishi invented conveyor-belt, or kaiten, sushi in Japan in 1958. As far as I can tell, Tokyo Sushi Buffet became the first St. Louis restaurant to offer conveyor-belt sushi when it opened a few months ago.

Though I rarely visit buffet restaurants, I've come here for lunch today to see the style in practice.

Good thing I like avocado.

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