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sushi on a conveyor belt?  yes, please.

I’ve only been to one other kaiten bar and didn’t really know of any other places around the Los Angeles area.  Enter Sushilicious.  I had become twitter friend with Daniel, the owner, awhile back and enjoyed reading about his restaurant journey.  I followed him through his ups and downs, living his highs and lows with him.  It was no question that I wanted to go.  So, a week after its grand opening, my friend and I decided to stop by.

Kaiten sushi, or ‘conveyor belt’ sushi, is not a new concept.  It has been in and out of popularity for the last 50 years or so.  The concept was created out of necessity, when a sushi chef/owner had a difficult time acquiring staff and needed assistance in managing his restaurant.  His inspiration?  Watching beer bottles at the Asahi brewery.  Nice.

These types of sushi bars are generally smaller in size due in part to the necessary proximity to the bar. Sushilicious is no different, with approximately twenty counter seats and six booths surrounding the large free form conveyor belt.  However, with the colorful and modern decor, the space feels much bigger than it is.

The place was already bustling as we entered.  There were many families here, which you don’t ordinarily find at most sushi bars.  However, I could see why it would be appealing.  Kid friendly seating, large spaces and colorful objects going round and round…what’s not to like?  As the night went on, there was a birthday celebration and many other couples and groups. I would imagine they get a big student population as it is located close to UCI & Irvine Valley College.  Daniel has been offering discounts/free meals to students who dine via twitter.

Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice

The theatrical nature of the conveyor belt makes the experience all the more entertaining.  It’s the anticipation of each successive dish that makes it a fun gastronomical game.  I swear, if they sped up the belt I could channel Lucille Ball and the chocolate factory.

Napoleon Dynamite Roll

Once seated, you can immediately begin taking plates.  Plates are color coded by price, ranging anywhere from $1.50-$4.00.  If you aren’t in a sushi mood,  they also have a menu that includes appetizers, bento boxes, and dessert.  All you have to do is contact a server.

Seared Salmon

They offer the standard nigiri (sake, maguro, hamachi, hirame, hotate, ikura, etc.) as well as the more Americanized rolls (philly, spicy tuna, soft shelled crab, etc.)  They also have a few vegetarian options.  The rolls had such cute names.  My personal favorite was the Napoleon Dynamite.  If only it had tater tots on it…


I’m a sucker for hirame (halibut) and we ended up wolfing down three plates.  If you prefer ponzu sauce over shoyu, they have it available by request.

Medusa Roll (aka Soft Shell Crab Roll)

I don’t eat very much and my friend eats even less than I do, so we didn’t get to try a lot.  Next time, I’d like to try some of the appetizers and a bento.

The staff was very friendly and attentive, a definite positive in my book.  Not only that, as the line became longer, Jeromy (head of the house) really took care of waiting parties as well.  Anyone who offers me a beer while I wait is an automatic friend.

Sushilicious is my kind of candy store.  Fresh sushi, affordable prices and a great staff?  Willy Wonka doesn’t have anything on you.

15435 Jeffrey Rd.
Suite 119
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 552-2260


Written by liveeatlove

March 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

Posted in Dining Out, Food, Japanese

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  1. Dear Kari,

    Thank You for entering the Beso Hunter Boot contest. I hope you are given the opportunity to own a pair of these fabulous lava boots to enhance your rain gear attire during the gloomy and rainy days as you walk in comfortable footwear with a pop of color.

    Thank You and Good Luck!
    The Beso Team

    The Beso Team

    April 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

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