Last week, Melinda was my squire, and after my less-than-fun treatment, we scooted down to Armory Square’s excellent kaiten-style sushi joint, Sakana-Ya. Kaiten refers to a service style rather than the food itself. Sakana-Ya, like many cosmopolitan sushi bars, offers its dishes cafeteria-style via a conveyor belt that runs past all diners and lets them choose by price and presentation what they’d like to eat at any given moment.
Pinwheel of pleasure
The best part of kaiten? There is no waiting for food! Our dinner came in plate after plate of on-demand Heaven once we were done gobbling the gyoza. First, a spicy tuna roll that was properly spicy, well-rolled and heaped with tempura crunchies. This one disappeared as quickly as it came:
|I am a closet tempura flake junkie|
Next up, a gigantic soft-shell crab roll with spicy mayo and avocado that was so plentiful, a single piece was difficult to cram in my mouth. Difficult, but not impossible, of course. This hit the spot: hot, luscious and fresh – everything you want in a sushi roll!
Then we grabbed a fried shrimp, crabstick, tobiko and avocado masterpiece wrapped in nori. I liked this one a lot, although Melinda was less of a fan. To be sure, the mouth-feel of a nori-wrapped roll is much different than a california or tuna roll. But nori has a cool, salty taste, and unique texture that plays against the soft rice and fried fish that I dig.
|Don’t eat this mango naked|
|So pretty! |