If you want quick, easy sushi, going to a sushi buffet can solve your problems. By having all you can eat sushi for a flat rate, it is possible to eat your fill of sushi and try new things without having to worry whether or not you like it. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. It is not uncommon for a sushi buffet to have lower quality sushi compared to a dedicated sushi restaurant. This is due to the fact that the sushi from a sushi buffet often sits out in the air longer than sushi from a restaurant where you are served.
However, the concept of a sushi buffet is not new. In Japan, they use the concept of a sushi buffet to serve many guests at one time. A kaiten, or train, is used in Japanese sushi buffets to move sushi from the kitchens to customers. However, unlike American buffets, guests to these restaurants pay by the plate rather than a general price for all sushi consumed, regardless of type. If you go to Japan, expect the pricing to be based off of the quality of the sushi that you purchase, even if the style is very similar to a sushi buffet found in North America.
When you are eating at a sushi buffet, there will unavoidably be sushi that has been sitting on the counter longer than other pieces of sushi. While contact with air does not cause safety concerns for sushi, unless it has been sitting out for many hours, it can often look unappealing after a short period of time. This is particularly the case with temaki, which should be consumed immediately after it has been made. When you are at a sushi buffet, you should pick the pieces of sushi that look the most appealing to you, as this will help ensure that you get the best sushi possible.
Occasionally, a sushi buffet will serve dishes other than sushi. When you are selecting your food at a sushi buffet and you choose to go for dishes other than sushi, the golden rule of buffets will still apply: the fresher the food, the better it will be. A high quality sushi buffet will keep smaller amounts of many types of sushi fresh so that every customer can enjoy the highest quality sushi possible.
Often, a sushi buffet will have a specialty dish. These creations of the chef are often their best pieces, and have superior flavor.