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Conveyor Belt Sushi

A piece of sushi on a conveyor beltOne of the strangest places you may ever set foot in is a rotation sushi restaurant, sometimes more humorously referred to as a sushi-go-round or a sushi train. These restaurants feature a large conveyor belt that may either encircle a chef station or come out of the preparation area, circle the room, and then return to the kitchen. This isn’t a formal Japanese restaurant—most conveyor belt sushi places are considered fast food.

How does it work? Each sushi roll is put on a specially colored plate. The color lets customers know how much that sushi roll costs. In some places (usually smaller restaurants), the conveyer belt runs alongside a counter, and diners simply reach out and grab whatever plates they want. In larger places, the conveyor belt runs near every booth. Usually, booths are arranged in a circle to make it easy for customers to get to the tables without ducking under the belt.

While some of these conveyor belt restaurants do have menus customers can order from, most simply take a seat and grab whatever looks good from the belt. The sushi belt moves quickly enough that there’s not a huge wait to see what’s new, but it’s slow enough that customers can take a little bit of time to deliberate on each roll.

You’ll usually find a lot of the most popular and common sushi rolls on the conveyor belt, but you may also see a few daily specials or chef’s specials, too. Depending on the restaurant, you may also see fruit, vegetables, soup, desserts, and even drinks on the conveyor belt.

Sushi is often tagged with small pieces of paper or, in more modern restaurants, placed on plates that have microchips in them. This lets the sushi chef know when the plate was put on the belt so that sushi that’s been out for a while can be removed. At the end of the meal, the customer’s bill is figured by what plates they have on their table.