It opened in April `2009 and I am excited that it has been very busy.
I really want it to be successful!
It has un upscale restaurant feel. The decor is classy, even romantic.
It is nice for special occassions but also appropo for casual dining as well.
The other moving sushi bar I heard of recently is Sushi Sara.
I have not been there yet but will try it soon.We are lucky that both of them are nearby us -
in the Willowbrook area of NW Houston.
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At $1.50 to $4.50 per plate it is not over-priced.
Sushi Choo Choo does not have thier own website yet but will soon and when they do I will link to it, for now I can share what I know with you.
I have been interested in conveyor belt sushi restaurants or "kaiten sushi"
since I first heard of them years ago. What a neat idea, I thought to myself!
And to finally get to eat at one is very rewarding. At first I was concerned
about freshness as some smaller sushi buffets are not the most appealing place
to eat. Sushi is best when VERY fresh.
I want to share the fast food sushi experience with you- in a detailed review - so that you will be interested and go there, and will hopefully like this sushi bar as much as I do. Then my new favorite sushi bar/ japanese restaurant in Houston will be able to flourish and stay in business a long long time.
Even if you are not
nearby like me, I recommend you make the drive out to try this place.
It is not far off the freeway so easy to access.
Sushi Choo Choo is on 1960 just a few lights north of 290. The address is
12149 FM 1960 West Houston TX 77065 (click to map it)
Because of the way it is made it is a very large sushi bar too, so there is plenty of room for lots of people and even big parties which are often hard to accomodate at sushi bars. The choo choo in the name describes the "train" of freshly made and amazing variety of single serve sushi pieces (typically 2 nigiri or 4 'roll' pieces per plate). There are also other japanese favorites on the conveyor. These items are traveling right in front of each table/seat on a cute little conveyor that is very easy to see. Each plate is color coded by price level, ranging from 1.50 to 4.50- Each plate has a clear lid over the item to keep sushi or item safe and fresh as it travels. See picture at right:
Since sushi is not served hot this works quite well and it is always kept fresh because the place is large and has a good crowd, and only 1 to 3 items of a kind are placed on the coveyor at at a time. As people remove items, the sushi chefs add new fresh ones. They also remove any items that do not get consumed in a timely manner.
For the few items you would want served hot: I suggest you order a fresh batch from a server or ask the sushi chef / kitchen to prepare it fresh so they bring it to you hot - Items such as edamame, miso soup, pan fried dumplings (these are great!), shrimp tempura, or crab puffs. They do have them on the sushi conveyor but it is meant more for seeing than eating. (like a dessert tray).
You get a full color, easy to read menu with pictures and descriptions of all the items AND ingredients in each item so you can decide what you want. If you don't care for a particualr ingredient it easy to see which items to avoid. Of course you can always ask the sushi chef to make any roll or item with your requested ingredients too.
Each item is categorized on the menu by color and plate price so it is easy to stay in a budget. Want to eat real cheap? Only take yellow plates!
A few of the common Menu items:
Another area of the menu, more fancy stuff...
(sorry for the blur, I just snapped a quick digital pic)
The Rock n Roll was very good!!
At this sushi conveyor restaurant there are little signs telling you what the
plates following the sign contains. Some items can be hard to identify so this
is very helpful.
I hear they do not do this at the other moving sushi restaurant in town. I think it would be great to have nicely printed signs in color code to indicate price range. maybe they are working on those.
The service is great, and fast- since you do not have to wait for your order to be made. The manager is very friendly and staff is helpful and courteous and is starting to recognize me.
I noticed a lobster and a steak plate on the menu as well, for any person in your party who does not like sushi. My husband had teriyaki chicken and it looked and smelled great! They also have shrimp tempura to order. If you want sashimi (no rice) you must order it from the sushi chefs or server. I did recommend to them to put a few popular pieces of sashimi on the conveyor. When we went Saturday night, they gave us free sake to drink- Sweet. I am loving this place.
I love that you can see all the items before you decide at this Houston kaiten sushi bar. Because sushi has so much variety it makes me much more likely to try new ones, because they look appealing to me -so I am willing to taste them. And so far they have all been delicious at this conveyor sushi bar! And they have ALOT of great variety here. I will be back to this Houston area sushi restaurant every chance I get and i will bring all of my friends and family too! You must try it, even if you don't like "raw fish" type sushi, you will find something you like here. They have vegan, fried shrimp, cooked crab meat (kani) and also baked fish sushi too.
Hope you enjoy Sushi Choo Choo as much as I do!