The Sushi World Guide - for Restaurants outside Japan.

Currently listed: 3 Restaurants in
Taipei, Taiwan.

Far Eastern Plaza Hotel New York Sushi Sushi Express

Far Eastern Plaza Hotel

Name:Far Eastern Plaza Hotel
Address:201 Tun Hwa South Road Sec.2, Taipei 106


New York Sushi

Name:New York Sushi
Address:11 Lane 51 Section 1 Da-An Road, Taipei
Review:"The only place in Taipei where you can find American style creative Sushi. "
- Jasper ([Oct 5th 2007]
Link:Restaurant Blog


Sushi Express

Name:Sushi Express
Address:B1,20-3,Sec.3, Hsin San Road, Taipei, Taiwan
Phone:(02) 2362-6790
Fax:(02) 2362-6095
Opened:10am - 10pm
Reviews:"Taiwan Number 1 Sushi shop."
- Stephen Lang (SPN@MS2.HINET.NET) [March 9th 1998]
"Taiwan Number 1 Conveyor Sushi Shop. Have 20 Conveyor Sushi shops in Taipei Area in 2000 "
- Justin Lin (SPN@MS2.HINET.NET) [September 23rd 2000]
"You've seen them all over Taipei, and there are a few now in Taichung and Chiayi and Kaohsiung, too. We're talking about conveyor belt sushi shops here. You know, those inexpensive family restaurants that feature plates of sushi, sashimi, assorted salads and fruit dishes going around in circles, hour after hour, until there's hardly anything left. In Japan, this style of sushi restaurant is very popular, and is known as 'kaiten zushi' in Japanese (literally, 'rotating sushi'). English-speakers often call them 'conveyor belt sushi' shops. They're popular all over the world now, from London to Guam, from New York to Taipei and they're becoming ubiquitous islandwide. Sometimes they're called 'train sushi' shops here because the food goes around the counter on a small toy train track with a real toy train engine pulling all the 'sushi cars' behind it. If the world of sushi is not only your oyster, but also your ika (squid), your maguro (tuna) or your uni (sea urchin), circle sushi joints make the perfect place to plop yourself down at a long winding counter and indulge. At affordable prices, too. Watch the red and blue and white plates go by, each with their own price, whetting your appetite and giving new meaning to the term 'raw fish'. Oishii, neh! While delighting in the pleasures of sushi in a refined, traditional restaurant is one of life's finest experiences, eating at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant in Hsmineting or Tienmou is another kind of sushi experience. The fish is fresh and tasty, but it's not gourmet dining, by any stretch of the imagination. You get what you pay for, and it's not bad. Service is quick and efficient, mainly because there is no need for waiters or waitresses. You just lean over the counter, pick out the sushi plate you've been ogling and place it in front of you. Drink the free tea that is provided, or help it all go down with some good Taiwan or Japanese beer -- hot sake is also available at most conveyor belt sushi shops -- and enjoy your lunch (or dinner). 'I like these kind of restaurants because I can eat quickly and choose what I want,' said Ruby Lin, a 31-year-old college student in Chiayi City, sitting at the narrow counter of the newly-opened 'Sakana', the southern city's only conveyor belt sushi shop. 'Plus, it's cheap.' While Americans and Australians and the Taiwanese seem to have gone ape over conveyor belt sushi joints, not everyone in Japan -- where the concept was first invented -- is nuts about them. Some Japanese parents forbid their children to eat it them, for sanitary reasons! Here in Taiwan, they're clean and inspected regularly by heatlh authorities. So no need to worry. Conveyor belt sushi shops are everywhere in Japan and have developed their own kind of culinary and dining subculture over the last 20 years, even though serious sushi lovers don't always approve. 'Visit almost any train station in most major towns in Japan and you'll probably be within a chopstick's length of a kaiten zushi shop', according to Johnathan Goff of Tokyo. 'But [to be honest], kaiten zushi's reputation among the Japanese people generally leaves a fair bit to be desired.' 'For the uninitiated, the typical experience in Japan usually involves a short stay, perched on a high stool at a narrow table watching gaudily-colored plates of sushi roll by on a conveyor belt until someone decides it is ripe for consumption. Despite the air conditioning, the pallid fish lies limply in a state of post-death suffering. A kind of cheap and cheerful get-it-down-you-and-move-on dining experience, but without the cheerful aspect.' "
- Dan Bloom ( ) [October 25th 2000]


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