Conveyor belt sushi restaurants are very popular with tourists for their reasonable prices. But what about if you've already been to this type of restaurant many times? Here are some unorthodox sushi and side dishes, recommended for conveyor belt sushi repeaters and for those who cannot eat raw fish.
1. Tempura Sushi
This is a great combination of two representative dishes of Japan: sushi and tempura. The crispy tempura perfectly matches the vinegar rice.
Although tempura ingredients differ between restaurants, shrimp is most commonly used. Shrimp tempura sushi is available at places like the popular conveyor belt sushi franchise Kura-Zushi . Some restaurants also offer squid tempura and fried foods like chicken katsu. The standard price is approximately 100 JPY (excl. tax) per plate (2 pieces).
2. Meat Sushi
Although typical sushi mostly consist of seafood, sushi made with meat is also very tasty.
Different restaurants offer various meat sushi like dry-cured ham, roast beef, and Salisbury steak. The black pepper duck sushi in the photo is available from the popular conveyor belt sushi franchise HAMAZUSHI.
The rich taste of the meat matches nicely the refreshing taste of vinegar rice. Toppings used for meat sushi are also very unique, like olives, sliced onion, and garlic. The standard price is approximately 100 JPY (excl. tax) per plate (2 pieces).
3. Menegi Sushi
Menegi is the name for a green onion that was picked early. Although menegi is popular as a sushi ingredient now, it was commonly used as a condiment until people realized its great taste and high nutrition level.
Menegi has a crispy texture and a strong flavor, and is not too bitter. Its refreshing taste and hint of spice stimulates the appetite. The color contrast between the green menegi, white rice, and black seaweed creates a beautiful visual aspect as well. The standard price is approximately 180 JPY (excl. tax) per plate (2 pieces). Menegi sushi is available at restaurants like Kaitenzushi Susi Maru.
4. Ramen at a Sushi Restaurant
Many conveyor belt sushi restaurants offer side dishes for those who want something more.
Most of the popular restaurants choose to offer ramen as one of their main side dishes. Since it's a sushi restaurant, usually the soup is seafood-based, but light chicken-based soup might also be offered. The standard price is approximately from 300 JPY (excl. tax) to 400 JPY (excl. tax).
Ramen is available at restaurants like Sushiro and Kura-Zushi.
5. Dessert at a Sushi Restaurant
Many people want something sweet after a meal, so many conveyor belt sushi restaurants are working hard on their dessert menus.
Various delicious desserts like cakes, parfaits, tarts, and ice creams are offered, all made with quality that you would not expect from a sushi restaurant. The standard prices are between 100 JPY (excl. tax) and 300 JPY (excl. tax). Desserts are offered in most popular conveyor belt sushi franchise restaurants like Sushiro, Kura-Zushi, and HAMAZUSHI.
Some restaurants even offer authentic Japanese desserts like warabimochi (a jelly-like confection made from bracken starch and covered or dipped in kinako powder and brown sugar syrup).
There are many other interesting dishes not covered in this article. Conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Japan are always striving to create unique and delicious dishes. Please try various unorthodox sushi and side dishes, and aim to become a sushi expert.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.