Kura Revolving Sushi Bar presents traditional Japanese cuisine in a unique way
Chances are that you have seen the conveyor belt at the airport transporting luggage and the conveyor belt at a checkout line transporting groceries, but what about a conveyor belt transporting sushi? Located near Woodfield Mall on Golf Road, Kura Revolving Sushi Bar presents traditional Japanese food in a unique way. From sushi rolls to hot soup and ramen, all of it is delivered using the restaurant’s conveyor belt system.
When I first entered Kura, my eyes were immediately drawn to the conveyor belt full of sushi winding throughout the restaurant. It was fascinating to see all the sushi rolls, nigiri, and other dishes just trundling by each table. Above the main belt of food is another conveyor belt that delivers personalized orders to the proper table. Customers can input these personal orders into the touch screen by their table, and they can also use this screen to check out and ask for the bill. Along with the heavy use of technology, the brightly lit interior gives Kura a very modern atmosphere. This unique setup offers a refreshing change from the usual fast food and sit-in restaurant frameworks.
Another great technology-oriented feature of Kura is their sign-in screen. As customers enter the restaurant, they are asked to sign in using a touch screen that also clearly displays the wait time. Once their table is ready, a text will be sent to the phone number they entered upon sign in. This is a great feature to have for a restaurant so close to the mall because it allows guests to either stay in the restaurant’s waiting area or to leave and come back later.
As for the price of Kura, it is relatively costly depending on how hungry you are. Each plate of food you eat from the main conveyor belt costs $2.50, while personal orders vary in price. The ramen that I ordered cost around $6. Plus, I can’t say that the serving size is generous, considering that each plate of sushi contains only two to four pieces. Since the serving size is small, it’s really easy to rack up your bill without realizing it, so I advise keeping an eye on your plate count.
Setting price aside, the food itself is good. The ingredients are fresh, and there is a wide variety of rolls and nigiri with different sauces and flavorings. However, there are very limited options for vegetarians since most plates contain raw fish, and the ramen also contains slices of meat. As for dessert, Kura offers a mix of American and Japanese desserts. The New York Cheesecake passed my table quite a few times on the conveyor belt, but the Warabimochi definitely stole my taste buds. This Japanese dessert is covered in sweet soybean powder, and its texture is somewhere between that of Jello and mochi.
The staff members are friendly, and they give a helpful introduction and brief tutorial to any first-time customers. On the downside, service can be a little slow, especially because there is less emphasis on staff and customer interaction due to the conveyor belt system delivering all the food.
Overall, my experience dining at Kura was highly enjoyable. It is a great place for sushi lovers and anyone craving some Japanese cuisine. The unique presentation of food and use of technology also makes it stand out from the many surrounding restaurants.