So when I received some Genki Sushi gift certificates for my birthday, I just had to redirect our college friends’ reunion to this restaurant.
Genki Sushi or kaiten sushi (conveyor belt) is a franchise from Japan with branches all over Asia. In this quirky Japanese establishment, orders are served via toy bullet trains to your respective table fresh from the kitchen. Watching my sushi arrive via toy train on a conveyor belt just triggered childhood memories of constructing toy train tracks.
Ordering is yet another game – this time with a touchscreen tablet per table with photos of the menu where you can select your order and input the quantity. Menu is divided into sushi, sashimi, appetizer, sides, rice and noodles, and desserts.
In between ordering and eating, we also thoroughly appreciated the readily available hot water on tap, and rich and bitter matcha powder per table. No need to call waiters for more hot tea!
Genki Sushi though is not all about gimmickry. The quality of their food speaks volumes of the long lines every lunch and dinner time.
clockwise: Norwegian Fresh Salmon, Genki Roll, Salmon Cucumber Roll
Squid and Salmon Taberu Layu Combo
At the onset, we decided it was sushi and sashimi night, “accidentally” ending up ordering around 15 plates with some repeats of the bestsellers. The salmon lover in me could not resist ordering their Norwegian Fresh Salmon, Crispy Spicy Salmon Roll, Genki Roll (rolled with salmon – my favorite), Salmon Cucumber Roll, Squid and Salmon Taberu Layu Combo. The freshness of the salmon was just divine with that melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Aside from the freshness of the fish for both sushi and sashimi, what makes the sushi great here is the perfect balance of sourness of their vinegared rice. This is especially the case of the subtle taste of the Squid Sushi, where the rice takes the forefront in the flavor department. The rice also goes great with the innate sweetness of the Northern Shrimp Sushi and the Crab Salad Sushi and creaminess of the Tuna Salad Sushi.
tuna balls with teriyaki sauce
To have a play of textures, we also ordered their surprisingly crunchy vegetable kakiage and tuna balls with teriyaki sauce (which were not oily at all); and the tiny, beaded, playful flying fish roe sushi.
By the end of the night, we had a hovering tower of stacked plates and huge accomplished smiles on our faces, feeling like we just conquered Genki Sushi. The interaction of great food and play in Genki Sushi definitely made it a night to remember for our barkada’s mini reunion.
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