#68 Tried Conveyor Belt Sushi

“A good rule to remember for life is that when it comes to plastic surgery and sushi, never be attracted by a bargain” – Graham Norton

So this week, my new experiences seem to be all about the food! Today, I had to trek to Botany to see a dentist (which will be covered in another blog post for another time), so for morale purposes stopped off for lunch on route, and discovered Daruma Sushi Go-Around.

I’m a big fan of sushi, and I love the fact that the sushi in NZ is so good – much better than in the UK. However, I have never been to one of the conveyor belt sushi bars before, so it was a very cool experience. The food comes on different coloured plates, and you pick what you like from the belt. The final bill is calculated by counting the number of each coloured plate.

Sushi doesn’t just mean raw fish by the way. It’s possible to have vegetarian or vegan sushi. My favourites are; seaweed salad – as it is or as a maki, edamame, avocado maki, veggie tempura, inari, tofu nigiri, teriyaki tofu, and rice balls, and of course ALL the ginger and wasabi.

Apparently, conveyor belt sushi was invented by Yoshiaki Shiraishi, who came up with the idea when trying to manage his restaurant with limited staff. He opened the first conveyor belt restaurant in Japan in 1958, and eventually expanded to up to 250 restaurants all over the country. Sadly, and not unsurprisingly, his second invention – sushi being served by robots – wasn’t such a hit for him.

Anyway, Daruma Sushi Go-Around had a good selection of veggie and vegan dishes, along with traditional fish sushi and a couple of meat options for the carnivores. It wasn’t the best sushi I’ve ever had, but I loved the novelty of the experience, and the only challenge for me was not to eat too much and bankrupt myself in the process…those little coloured plates quickly mount up.

For a new dining experience – 4 out of 5 stars 

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