“O-genki desu ka” or as they say in New York “how YOU doin’?”
I can’t help but think that of their their logo and name as an angry New Yorker asking “how you doin’.”
Let us get one thing straight from the beginning is that Genki Sushi strives to produce a quality product at an affordable price, but do not expect sushi Saito (the epitome of sushi). If you were thinking that, well, you can fahgettaboudit.
My first impressions of Genki Sushi
If you call the Angels of Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels, you will not have any issue with the title saying Genki Sushi is in L.A. when it is actually in Orange County.
There are a couple LA based kaiten sushi restaurants which are all of Genki’s main competitors.
To order, all you gotta do is place your order via the tablet. If you have ever used a tablet before to kill angry birds or crush candy, you will be able to use those same deadly hunting skills to feed yourself here.
If you don’t like those new fangled hi-tech devices, you also have the printed menus to look at although who actually uses paper nowadays? People who hate trees (I joke, I know you love trees).
Yellow $1.80, green $2.90, orange $3.60, grey $4.70, and black $5.80. Sometimes when I’m feeling a little baller like, I go black (yo, what’s up with yellow being the cheapest? What are you trying to say).
Also you may have noticed that the prices have increased from my pics and what I wrote, so if you want to make sure you’re up to date with any menu changes, I will also give you the direct link to their PDF menus here.
Sucks they don’t have the random games on the tablets that they have in Japan or at Kura Sushi where the simple act of dropping used plates into the receptacle is fun.
Once you have placed your order, it’s just a matter of time for your food to arrive via bullet train.
A man can’t live just on sushi, steaks, and crab…. well, I can, but if I plan on giving it a go at it, I’ll do it with the occasional tofu dish.
Once your food arrives, simply grab it off the bullet train (sled) and hit the ‘return’ button your tablet to send the bullet train on back to the kitchen.
I’m just going to show multiple pictures of ikura because I like it that much, especially when the nori is nice and crispy.
If the ikura is spherical and not deformed, that’s typically one sign of the quality.
It’s no surprise that Genki Sushi has the bulk of their locations in Hawaii with twelves locations spread out from Oahu, Maui, Kauai, to the Big Island.
I wonder if they have a BOH process on determining how thick the tuna cuts are here because my tuna was planking the rice.
Taste and quality wise it was not that bad although when you consider you’re only paying $3.60 for the 2-pieces, it tastes good enough!
Since the temaki and nigiri sushi are prepared to order, you don’t have to worry about soggy nori because your food hasn’t been sitting around under lidded plate parading around the restaurant for the last hour or so.
Dammmmmmmmmnnn, a $1.80. Aside from McDonalds or any other fast food restaurant, where else can you get fed for a buck eighty? Yea, not a whole lot of places.
I am not going to use my words, and instead I will use there’s to describe what you see here: “hand roll with lettuce, a veg mix, “orange egg” and spicy mayo….. mmmh, “orange egg.”
No spigot here with hot water for your matcha tea because that is just way too much responsibility and liability to give customers.
TOTAL PRICE: $27.22, genki desu (I’m cool bro)
About Genki Sushi
- Founded: in Japan in 1979.
- Type: Publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
- Type of Food: Japanese, kaiten sushi.
- Menu Items: rolls, nigiri, gunkan, hand rolls, sashimi, donburi, noodles, numerous side dishes, soda, Japanese drinks, desserts, and most importantly beer and sake.
- Pricing: $1.80-$5.80 per item.
- U.S. Locations: California: (1) Santa Ana, Hawaii: (8) Oahu, (1) Kaui, (1) Maui, (2) Big Island, and (2) Washington: Renton, and Bellevue.
- International Locations: Japanese based chain with locations in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Kuwait, the Philippines, China, Australia, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
- What to Expect: convenient, quick, and very affordable sushi.
- Pros: unlike other kaiten sushi places where the food sits on a conveyor belt, Genki sushi’s bullet train prepares and delivers your food directly to you.
- Cons: do not expect the best quality sushi because they are trying to provide a balance between quality and price.
- Hours: open 7-days a week, Mon-Thurs 11am-9:30pm, Fri till 10pm, Sat till 9pm, and Sun till 8pm.
Genki Sushi USA
Inside the MainPlace Mall
(N.E. end of the mall next to Boudin SF)
2800 Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705