My coworkers and I finally checked out Sushi Train after months of playing the “Oh, we should go sometime!” game. The problem with “sometime” is more often than not, it ends up being never, then the restaurant closes and you’ve missed your shot forever. We weren’t going to let that happen this time! Not when it comes to sushi, gosh darnit!
Sushi Train uses a conveyor system, which is the first of its kind in Minneapolis. They’ve been popular on the coasts and around the world for years, and now we finally get in on the fun. I was familiar with the notion, but had never experienced it before. I expected it to be delicious (and was not disappointed), but grossly underestimated how much fun I would have. Watching all of the food dance around you as you consume roll after roll really is a treat. Our conversation while there mainly consisted of , “Wow look at that one! What do you think that one is? Grab me that one! Keep an eye out for this one!” It was very fun. I was teasing my coworker Stephanie, the way she popped up from the booth and twisted and turned to see every plate coming around the corner reminded me of a squirmy kid at a restaurant trying to say hello to the people behind them.
Here’s how it works. As soon as you’ve been seated, your server will give you your menu. It lists everything on the conveyor belt, as well as a selection that you may order from the kitchen. Each piece on the belt is perched atop a platform listing its name and a color. The menu lists all of the ingredients under that name, so you’re not going in completely blind. This was something I was particularly cautious of, as I have a shellfish allergy and it’s a fairly popular ingredient in sushi. Good news if you’re in my boat, their crab is artificial so have at it! The color indicates the price. Be careful not to get carried away and grab six purple plates in a row, it’ll cost you. As you take plates off of the conveyor, you stack them on your table. When you’re finished, your server adds up how many of each color you have, and brings back a bill. It’s as simple as that!
I loved Sushi Train. If you’re a sushi fan, I highly recommend it! This would be a great place for a first date. Good food, very fun energy, and the restaurant itself is a great talking point. The four of us managed to put away 30 plates, I’ll try my best to top that next time.