Tokyo Seafood Buffet's Conveyor-Belt Sushi Is Mesmerizingly Disappointing
Avocado. Avocado. Avocado. Spicy tuna? Avocado. Avocado. Avocado?
I'm standing along the perimeter of the rectangular sushi station -- I'd call it the sushi bar but there's nowhere to sit -- at Tokyo Seafood Buffet (8004 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-991-1188), watching as plates of sushi, two pieces to a plate, trundle past me on a conveyor belt.
Yoshiaki Shiraishi invented conveyor-belt, or kaiten, sushi in Japan in 1958. As far as I can tell, Tokyo Sushi Buffet became the first St. Louis restaurant to offer conveyor-belt sushi when it opened a few months ago.
Though I rarely visit buffet restaurants, I've come here for lunch today to see the style in practice.
Good thing I like avocado.