Explodingbelly recently went on a short getaway to TOKYO, Japan.. again!!! Okay, this time round, the queues were equally insane – for toilets, fitting rooms, Disneyland, and food, the only different thing was, the crazy hot weather and insane perpetual rains. I’ll rant more in the travelogue but for now, let’s get to the point.
I had various places in mind, and one of which was Kura Sushi!
1)Because eat finish already can get toy, and play with the gachapon machines! I’m a sucker for toys or anything that entices a 10 year old.
Fun fact! According to Wikipedia, the word Gachapon comes from 2 sounds – gacha: the sound of turning the knob, and pon: the sound of the ball ball dropping into the chute. Cool beans. And as we know this is HUGE in the Japanese culture, that amalgamation of food and gachapon just sounds so enticing!
2) Sushi on the conveyor belt all costs just ¥100 (S$1.25) – crazily affordable! In Japan, that is.
While they’ve got 29 (TWENTY NINE DONT PLAY PLAY) outlets around Japan, we went to the one at Ikebukuro, because that’s coincidentally where our hotel was!
Okay I was initially gonna give them a miss because of time and tummy constraints but fate brought us there. On our last night in Tokyo, we ran out of things to eat, and bought a lot of souvenirs at Tokyo station, so I had to first lug it back to the hotel and a quick google check saw that we were just a 10 min walk away from Kura sushi! Lucky me!
Explodingbelly’s friendly directions
From ikebukuro station, take the East Exit towards Seibu, and once you spot a huge arse adidas store on the streets, you should see this as well:
Walk into the sort of dodgy building and you’ll spot them straight away:
Walk into the restaurant and speak to the person in the counter, you’ll be given a queue number. As the numbers are called out in Japanese, a explodingbelly pro tip would be, making a special request to call out your number in English. They could do that, no need scared Paiseh, cause there is no other way for you to track your number.
The place has plenty of seating, mostly booth seats. If you have less than 4 pax, you’ll probably be directed to the individual seating area where you could remove the partition to accommodate more pax!
After a good hour of waiting, our number was finally called!
Everything on the belt costs ¥100, and additional items can be ordered from the iPad above the table.
Everything that’s ordered off the iPad menu would arrive on the express belt just above the usual conveyor belt! Like this!
5 of these plates would get you one chance at playing with the gachapon machine.
The quality of the food? Hmm. My favorite was definitely the chawanmushi, followed by the aburi salmon. The rest, were forgettable. Here are some pics of what we had!
Some udon with tempura thingy.This was average, the udon noodles tended to be the more flour-y side, but ok lah, it’s decent.I could not make up what was in this sushi, but I believe it’s a mushroom sushi. Haha! I grabbed it off the conveyor belt because it looked like mushrooms, and I really think it’s mushrooms. 100yen only, just take!
Anyway, shirako has a much more fishy taste than other kinds of sashimi, so it’s definitely not a crowd pleaser. The dark thing at the side is ketchup, I don’t know about you but I preferred just shirako on its own! A good place for you to try if you’re an adventurous eater! My first experience in Singapore cost me $10 for 50g. So, please try if you have chance to!
All in all the standards of their sushi are not exceptional, most of them were slightly, just slightly below average, honestly, for Japanese restaurants standards. What disappointed me the most was:
Their salmon belly sushi. Firstly, what kind of appearance is this? And in Japan leh, omg. How can you serve me such salmon sashimi. Oh god, I cannot. Putting this into mouth would definitely trigger your gag reflex – stale sashimi, weird texture and was simply crap. AVOID THIS AT ALL COST!
Slot your plates into the hole you’ll find in front of your table and when the count reaches 5, your iPad will start playing a video!
We got a successful chance just on our FIRST try!Super excited to see the ball rolling towards me! I forgot if I mentioned about the chances, but chances of getting a successful try is damn low. Haha, much contrary to my initial belief!YAY! So much for the excitement, what was inside of our winning gachapon ball was just a dragon ball magnet. Like those flimsy magnet – but it’s really the excitement of the whole experience that mattered for us. If you’re going there for the food, ummm.. Maybe not, unless you’re on a budget!
Would I recommend this place?
A HUGE resounding YES, even though the quality of food was really just so-so. The entire experience of it was great and definitely one of its kind, besides they have a HUGE range of items on their menu, you could pick whatever you prefer and have fun!
Find out more about my experiences in Japan here, and check out the video curated for my experience at Kura sushi on @explodingbelly!
Kura Sushi can be found at:
Umm, there’s 362 outlets of them all around Singapore so let me type out the address of the outlet I went:
〒171-0022 Tokyo, 豊島区Minamiikebukuro, 1 Chome−19−5, Gビル南池袋01