While in Hawaii, I decided to try out a chain sushi place called Genki Sushi. This place has the conveyor belt system like they have at the Frying Fish in Los Angeles. In case you’re not familiar with this system, the conveyor belt moves around the restaurant bringing pre-made sushi plates around to the customers. This place is clean and new looking, and often very busy because of the low prices.
Unfortunately, that’s about the end of the good news. There’s a reason why the prices are so low. The sushi “chefs” are basically minimum wage type workers who have been trained to use some type of mold they used to create square pieces of rice. As you can see below, not only are the pieces tiny, the rice falls apart because they are not created by pressing them into the hand like a real sushi chef would.
Also, as with other conveyor belt sushi places, it’s not a good idea to pick up the ones from the belt because it’s often not fresh. It’s smarter to order a specific piece from the waitress so you get one made fresh. As a matter of fact, the saw some on the belt that looked like it was dried out and old. Yuck.
After trying a few different ones with no luck, I came across the Natto Sushi (shown below) that was tasty and made in an acceptable way. Hey, how can they screw this up, right?
As for service, because it was so busy, service was sub-par. Nobody came to see if I needed more tea or anything else for that matter. The only person helping me was the guy sitting next to me at the counter. But what do you expect for these low prices?
All in all, if you are not a picky sushi eater (unlike me), and want to save money, and don’t mind the crowds, and happen to be in Honolulu, you might try this place. Otherwise, skip it.
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.#2096
Honolulu, HI 96814