Tokyo Seafood Buffet's Conveyor-Belt Sushi Is Mesmerizingly Disappointing

Ian Froeb
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.

Ian Froeb
The sushi conveyor belt in action at Tokyo Seafood Buffet
Avocado. Fake crab. Spicy tuna and avocado. Whoa! -- nigiri. Avocado.

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.

Location Info

Tokyo Seafood Buffet

8004 Olive Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

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