After spotting running sushi at the restaurant Tokyo in the Milaneo mall a few months ago, I was looking for an opportunity to go back and give it a try. S and I finally got a chance to go there for dinner in early January when we were running some errands in Stuttgart. (There were some crazy after-Christmas sales going on in the city and we bought our first set of grown up pots and pans. It was a big day!)
We went on a Tuesday evening around 5pm and there was definitely a line up to pay for the all-you-can-eat service. After 4pm the price for 1 hour of all-you-can-eat is 13,90 € and you can eat until you’ve had your fill. After paying for the number of diners, you receive a receipt with a time stamp that should be left out on your table for the restaurant staff to view. Drinks are not included in the dinner fee and can be purchased separately before you sit down to eat.
We ended up with 2 spots at the bar facing the conveyor belt of sushi which was great as we could see all the different dishes coming our way. There are 2 layers of conveyor belts that roll past you; the top layer has dishes of warm items (fried chicken, noodle dishes, rice bowls, sesame balls, etc.) and the bottom layer has dishes of cold items (sushi rolls, nigiri, salad, fruit bowls, etc.). The plates are pretty small and have up to 3 small sushi rolls on them or one larger piece of nigiri. The warm plates have a single small portion of the dish (a scoop of noodles and vegetables or one small potion of plain sushi rice). The plates are all different colours (yellow, pink, purple, green, orange, red) but they don’t reflect the price of the item or the type of food – it seemed pretty random to me.
Even though we had an hour to eat, in our excitement, we started grabbing every delicious looking plate that zoomed by. After 20 minutes, both S and I were already full and had sampled a good variety of items. My favourite was the salmon nigiri (surprisingly fresh and flavourful) and the fried sesame balls. S was more partial to the warm items like the fried chicken wings and noodle dishes. He especially liked the jiggly coconut pudding and had about 3 of those bowls. I was way too full to even think about eating pudding after all that sushi.
After talking about how yummy the sushi was in the weeks that followed our dinner at Tokyo, we went back to try the all-you-can-eat lunch after our guided tour of the Staatsgalerie. Until 4pm, you can eat for 30 minutes for 9,50 € or for one hour for 11,50 €. Since we knew we only needed about 20 minutes to get in our fill of sushi, we only signed up for 30 minutes that time. Since it was right around peak lunch hours on a Saturday afternoon, we had to wait a little while to get a table. This time we were seated at a table for 4 but were asked to sit next to each other rather than across from each other so another pair of diners could sit with us. Normally I wouldn’t mind sharing a table with strangers but the table was pretty small and it made reaching for the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it running sushi a little awkward. Fortunately we didn’t go after the same plates as our dining partners!
The menu at the front of the restaurant says that there is more selection of items after 4pm and I’d have to say we found that to be true. I was really looking forward to trying more sesame balls but they weren’t offered at lunch time. The salmon nigiri I was anticipating the entire lunch only started to show up with about 5 minutes left of our 30 minutes. Needless to say I ate about 3 of those in a row before our time was up.
When I go to a Japanese restaurant, I usually order the same kinds of rolls and nigiri so it’s fun to try new items that you’ve always wondered about (or items that you have no idea what they are but they look good!) As a side note, you can also order a la carte items at Tokyo, but it seems like most people opt for the running sushi.
Opening hours and how to get there: Tokyo restaurant can be found on the upper floor of the Milaneo Mall in Stuttgart. The restaurant is open Monday to Thursday 10am – 8pm, Friday 10am – 9:30pm, and Saturday 9:30am – 8pm. If using public transportation to get there, you can take the U-Bahn on lines U5, U6, U7, U12 or U15 to the Stadtbibliothek stop, one stop north of the Hauptbahnhof (main train station).
Have you tried running sushi before? Can you recommend some yummy Japanese restaurants in Stuttgart? I’m always looking for new restaurants to try!