Sushi Station

Monday, January 3, 2005

pictured smaller than actual taste
New Website: Sushi Station’s menu and hours

Restaurant visited on December 30, 2004

Sushi A Go-Go

Lunch hour for Sushi Station ends at 2:30pm, so Sweets and I dashed to catch the bus that would put us in downtown at 2. Fortunately we’re speedy walkers and made it to the restaurant in 10 minutes, time to catch a quick bite of sushi. Normally, we would allot a nice bit of time for consuming sushi, but we were hungry, impatient, and running out of time, hence our trip to Sushi Station.

The gimmick at Sushi Station is that they feature a central conveyor belt delievery system that wraps around the sushi making station. You can sit yourself down at the bar and watch the sushi amble by. When one strikes your fancy, pick it up and it is yours. I think the conveyor belt sushi concept would be a perfect distraction if one was entertaining a potential sweetie. Bring your date to Sushi Station, and if the conversation lapses, poke fun at the poor unchoosen sushi passing by. Good way to screen for sense of humor.

Sweets and I, being way past the first date jitters, chose to sit at the bar simply for the speed of delivery when one has pushed lunch past the usual time (ie we’re hungry!). On this particular visit we’ve chosen a poor time to sample the belt for sushi, as the restaurant is gearing to close down between lunch and dinner hours. However, we are in luck and grab the last gyoza and I grab one of several baked green mussel offerings. The mussels are a favorite of mine, broiled up covered in a spicy chili mayo sauce, they are divine.

The sushi items on the belt are served on color coded plates that indicate the price:

Another nice feature to ordering off the belt is that the items come in individual sizes or 1-4 servings. This works well if you don’t feel like sharing your sushi order with your meal time companions.

While the sushi belt is amusing, common sense dictates that service off of it is the best at the most busy times of the restaurant. This is when more items are added to it, and when more items are removed by hungry restaurant goers. Having a high empathy level, I don’t particularly enjoy seeing the same dish of morsels being repeatedly rejected during my meal time.

Since, our belt pickings were slim, we also ordered:
– two misos, $2
– a spicy tuna roll (4 pieces), $3.75
– maguro sashimi (5 pieces), $6.50
– and a Eugene roll (avocado and cucumber roll blanketed in unagi, 8 pieces), $6.95

Sushi Station entranceSushi Station’s sushi offerings also tend towards deep fried rolls, and rolls with cream cheese. The Spicy Tuna (also made with any kind of fish in stock) rolls aren’t made with mayonnaise, which offers a nice subtle change from the typical Eugene Spicy Tuna roll.

[image from Something2Eat.]

Sushi Station also offers tempura, donburi, bento specials, several varieties of seafood seaweed salads (sunomono), teriyaki, katsu, udon and yakisoba.

Sushi Station offers a nice quick and inexpensive food option in the growing 5th Street Market dining area.

Sushi Station 199 E. 5th St., Eugene
Quality: 3 outta 4 forks…
Would be “4″ if I didn’t think the busy-ness of the restaurant affected the belt offerings.
Presentation: 4 outta 4 forks…
I’ve never met an ugly piece of sushi.
Value: 3 outta 4 forks…
Good food to money ratio for sushi.
Local Color: 2 outta 4 forks…
Not very diverse people watching, but in a nice location.
Service: 4 outta 4 forks…
Conveyor lends itself to good service; staff prompt.

More Eugene reviews for Sushi Station at Something 2 Eat.

2 Comments

posted January 6th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

I wasn’t very impressed with Sushi Station, it was very generic, run of the mill, lacking in flavor and poor in service. The only roll I enjoyed at all was topped with eel. I much prefer Sushi Domo, wow, their deep fried soft shell crab is to die for, and presentation is a true work of edible art.

- Jen
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