Who says you have to eat raw fish at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant? Sushiro has something for everyone to enjoy!

Ever felt left out when your friends say they want to go eat sushi but you don’t eat or like raw fish? Or do you ever get so tired of eating fish and just wish there were other things to order on a menu at a sushi restaurant? If you answered yes to any of the above, revolving sushi chain Sushiro has come to the rescue, just in time for the holiday season, with its Golden Week Meat Festa ! Yes, you read right, Sushiro wants everyone, especially meat lovers, to feel happy and satisfied after a visit to one of their chain restaurants.

Of course, our reporter, Ahiru Neko went to try the new menu lineup right away. Since the failed attempt at the $886 sushi eating challenge, he has returned, this time simply wanting to enjoy eating meat rather than worrying about the bill.

He arrived at Sushiro around lunch time, stomach rumbling and heart eager to try these non-fish sushi items that look so tasty in the pictures. Even though he is a die-hard fish lover, he would never pass on an opportunity to indulge in meat as well. With that spirit, he decided to try every non-fish item on the menu!

He tapped on the tablet screen and was surprised at the number of items on the menu. There was of course meat sushi, but also things like chicken nanban, fried chicken dipped in vinegar and topped with tartar sauce. But what really caught Ahiru Neko’s attention was khao man kai sushi. Kaoh man kai, a Haianese chicken rice dish popular in Thailand and other east Asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia, was an interesting choice to have as sushi. He wondered what it would taste like, and the only way of knowing was of course to order some!

▼ The star of the festa: meat!

to start, though, Ahiru Neko ordered the kalbi (boneless rib) and kuroge wagyu (Japanese black beef) toro sushi. The kalbi is 150 yen (US$1.34) a piece and the amount of beef would make any meat lover smile. The beef was so soft and the fat added extra texture.

The kuroge wagyu toro sushi was a bit more pricey, at 300 yen, but with good reason. Japanese wagyu is a delicacy, often very pricey at yakiniku restaurants. Our reporter took one bite of the slightly seared beef sushi and was immediately in love. The beef melted as the rich fatty flavors filled his mouth, making this a definite winner and must-try.

▼ It’s not all about beef. Try some chicken with the  chicken nanban and kao man kai.

Then it was time for our reporter to finally try the kao man kai sushi, which was surprisingly lighter in flavor than he had expected. On top of the rice was some steamed chicken, exactly what you would expect from the popular Thai dish but seasoned to taste something like the Singaporean chicken and rice dish at the same time. It’s a unique sushi that challenges the traditional boundaries of the cuisine.

The chicken nanban sushi didn’t disappoint either as it tasted exactly like the common chicken nanban dish you can find at many Japanese restaurants. The only real question was whether you should eat it as is or with soy sauce. Try it and let us know which you prefer (both types of chicken sushi are 100 yen for two pieces).

The festa also includes “arranged sushi” which are sushi with unorthodox combinations of ingredients creating new tastes and textures. The offerings include beef sushi topped with an avocado slice and soy sauce dressing, creating a crunchy and buttery texture. There’s also simmered beef sushi with a slice of nori (seaweed) and dressed with egg yolk and soy sauce. Innovative and interesting, both are 100 yen.

If you’re getting a little tired of eating white rice with your meat, why not try the beef croquette? Minced meat and onions wrapped in batter, deep fried to perfection. The juices of the meat and onions with the crunchiness make this the perfect light snack or break from all the rice. Each croquette is 150 yen.

And how about finishing off the meal with the roast beef mazesoba (380 yen)? Mazesoba is basically Japanese soup-less ramen or mixed noodles. An onsen tamago (poached egg) and roast beef add special flavor to the noodles, and it’s a must-try if you love beef and/or ramen.

So for the first time ever, Ahiru Neko went to a conveyor sushi restaurant without eating any fish! An interesting experience, and he was very much full by the end. The Meat Festa is a limited time offer, with the campaign running from now until May 6, so if you happen to pass by a Sushiro during your time in Japan and missed the last meat sushi lineup, take the chance to try some this time around!

Images: ©SoraNews24
● Want to hear about SoraNews24’s latest articles as soon as they’re published? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
[ Read in Japanese ]