Tornado and hurricane warning is everywhere in Houston but we were craving for sushi for dinner. So we decided to check out this Kula Revolving Sushi Bar that just opened last week. Last Friday was their grand opening. I've been to a lot of conveyor belt sushi restaurant so I didn't expect much; and I think because I wasn't expecting much, this place came as a surprise to me. Despite the flood and hurricane, the restaurant was packed.
Once you walk in, you will be greeted with a tech gadget that shows how long you need to wait. Since there wasn't a wait, we were soon seated. Once you are seated, the server will explain how their system works. It's pretty easy, you just need to pull out the dish from Mr. Fresh. Mr. Fresh is the sushi cap they have where it protects customer's health from outside germs.
Once you learn how to use Mr. Fresh, you start eating. We love tuna, so below is what we got. Honestly, the food was okay - not the best. Fresh ingredients, clean, and well-proportioned, but that's pretty much it. Nothing really special about the food, it's decent. Miso soup was meh - it's a bit too chunky. It's more about the user experience that makes this place interesting. But I need to say, their watermelon was so fresh and sweet, you should try it for sure!
On the top of the conveyor belt, you will see this big screen. When there's nothing going on, it's just a screen with menu and checkout. However, every 5 plates you eat/insert, you will get these short animations. It's a fun animation telling that you have defeated the animal by eating and if you want to defeat more, you need to keep inserting plates.
Below is where you insert your dishes. It's pretty cool since once you dispose them, it automatically removes without being stuck. All the sushi plates are $2.25 and every time you insert the dishes, it will count it on your screen.
To add, every 15 plates, you will get a red ball from their prizes box. We were really curious what the prize would be - even though we were so full, we ended up inserting 15 plates in the dispenser. Uh, the prize was a sticker! (haha) As you can see it below, it's a cute Japanese sticker. I was slightly disappointed but now you know what prizes you will get.
Our total came out to be around $45, and I think it was slightly overpriced overall. Maybe it's because I was looking forward to the taste of sushi, but I felt like I paid for the experience I had. It's definitely way more convenient in ordering compared to other sushi restaurants. You also don't really have to talk to the servers since you can do everything on the screen. Still, if you haven't been to Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, I think it's a fun experience to have. Kula Revolving Sushi Bar is all over in different cities such as Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and more! I am thinking of going back to this place and trying out some new dishes other than tuna since it's only few minutes away from my place!
I want to hear your thoughts! Would you try this place? Why or why not?
UPDATE: After this day, we went 3 more times to try other sushi at Kula Revolving Sushi Bar. It was possible for us as this place is only few minutes from our house. I'm glad we did, because my thoughts have changed. My initial thoughts (as you can read above): slightly disappointed. However, after visiting several times more, I want to recommend you to try out this place. The other items on the menu are actually delicious. Their service is great. We recommend you trying... the mochi ice cream, snow crab sushi, squid sushi, tempura udon, tonkatsu ramen, and more! :)
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