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Dot Com Lunch at Marinepolis Sushi Land

written by John Chow on March 25, 2011

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One of my favorite places to go for lunch when I’m in Seattle is Marinepolis Sushi Land. They started out a single restaurant and has been expanding every since. Today, they have a dozen locations in Washington and Oregon. We went to the one in Bellevue.

Sushi Land is basically one big sushi bar. The sushi plates are placed on a belt that moves around the entire bar. If you see a dish you like, just grab it. It’s very informal dinning because you never know who is going to sit at the stool next to you. The stools are placed very close together to get as many dinners up to the bar as possible. If you have a group of 4 or more, you can get a booth and get a bit more privacy.

The color of the plates indicate the cost of the dish. Prices start at $1 for a green plate and goes up to $3 for a purple plate. In addition, there are some side items that you can order for additional cost, like a Miso soup or bottomless Diet Coke. Not all items at Marinepolis makes it to the belt. If you don’t see it on the belt, you can order it from the menu by asking one of the sushi chefs to make it for you. They generally makes more than you ordered and place the extras on the belt.

The quality of the sushi at Sushi Land is really good and the instant you bite into it, you’ll understand why this place is so popular – there is always a line up during lunch time. The place is designed to get you in and out as soon as possible. It’s not the place to go to if you want to sit and relax (if you try to lean back on the bar stool, you’ll just fall over).

We consumed a total of 27 plates of sushi (4 adults plus Sally) and the bill came to $52 with tax and tip. Extremely reasonable for sure and that’s another reason why Marinepolis Sushi Land is so popular. it’s a good thing we got there 20 minutes before the lunch crowd showed up. Otherwise, we would have been in the line up.

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{ 39 comments }

Fazal Mayar March 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I am not a fan of sushi but Im quite in the minority I think! I just dont like seafond unless it’s shrimps! Nice looking food again. I prefer seeing good meals and stuff then big cars, ferraris, packs of 3 rows of 50$ lots haha!

Peter Get My Ex Back Asap March 27, 2011 at 6:24 pm

No I am the same, not a sushi fan, but the idea on how they sell their food is a good one – they must have a terrific turnover, lol.

Penny Bid Auction Sites March 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I can’t do any raw sushi, Only thing I can eat in the sushi department is a California roll.

d3so March 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I don’t like sushi either.
Most people that say they don’t like it have never tried it, which is me ;)
I know I’ll vomit the second it touches my mouth.
I’m ignorant and not that adventurous.

Justin March 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

$52 is a good price for lunch including 5 people. I haven’t had any sushi in a while, I think it’s time for a sushi run.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Yes they are having many varieties …

Love their packing style.

semmy @ Make Money Online March 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Susin and Udon!!! Really nice !! Thanks for your video!! I really like sushi!!!

PPC Ian March 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I agree with Semmy! I really like sushi. I eat a lot of Sushi here in the SF Bay Area!

d3so March 30, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Of course they’d have a lot of it over there. ;)

Bradley Nordstrom March 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

That is really cool.They have something like that down here in Florida,but the sushi and sashimi are on boats and they float around with a little river that goes around.

P.S.Very nice camera.takes excellent photos.

Thanks For Sharing,
Bradley Nordstrom

John Chow March 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

There used to be a few of the boat type sushi houses in Vancouver but they had to go to a normal belt because of safety concerns. I think it’s a stupid reason. It’s not like it holds enough water to flood the restaurant.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

So did you use your new panasonic for these photos.

John Chow March 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

The Panasonic is all I use now.

fas March 26, 2011 at 12:20 am

You dumped your Canon/?

Bradley Nordstrom March 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

Thats Vancouver for you.

PPC Ian March 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Very interesting to know. I really like the boat style sushi restaurants. That’s crazy that they consider it a safety issue. Definitely not that much water at all!

John Chow March 26, 2011 at 1:39 am

I still have the Canon. I’m just not using it.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Nice to see that you believe in keep moving … :)

Reva March 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm

I’m hungry john chow. i like Sushi japanese food

Abhik March 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

Yeah!! These images always make me hungry

PPC Ian March 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I agree Abhik! Definitely makes me hungry seeing this delicious sushi! :-)

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I like the style of sally .. the way she taste first and than ate.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Boy this one really makes their task easier.

Would love to know how they bill … like they see blank plate and bill it ?

I think price is also mentioned on the plate as well …

John Chow March 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Ya, the prices are printed on the plate as well. Mostly, we had the pink $1.50 plates. We had only one $3 plate, the shrimp udon noodle bowl, which is a really good deal for $3.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 26, 2011 at 12:25 am

So how they billed … like normally whenever we ordered they note it down and at the end … they bring the bill.

But here you were picking the plates from the belt yourself … so one of their staff come check the plates and billed ?

John Chow March 26, 2011 at 1:10 am

They count how many plates you ate and add it up.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Boy this kind of billing is really interesting.

WTF March 26, 2011 at 4:53 am

I’m noticing a big trend here, lots of posts with food themes… John be careful, you’ll end up fat if you keep eating all this food lol :P

Allen Walker March 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

Dot com moguls get a lot of exercise. :)

Kate Kutny March 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

John I love Sushi too. I would really like to go here someday and try out their food. It looks really delicious. My mouth is just watering looking at it. Yum! Also the prices are not bad at all. Pretty affordable I may say. There is a really good Sushi place my dad always goes to near where he lives. He brought me there a year ago and their Sushi was amazing. Since then I have loved Sushi and whenever I go shopping I’m always thinking of buying some.

Abhik March 26, 2011 at 9:13 am

John.. You always make me hungry with these photos.

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Do you like Sushi ?

PPC Ian March 26, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Seems like a really amazing value for such delicious food! Awesome lunch spot, John!

ZK @ Web Marketing Tips March 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Yes this one is like heaven for Sushi lover.

Michael March 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Where can I get alerts for these? I’ve missed all of them :(

sneha March 30, 2011 at 9:25 pm

dish looks so superb makes my tongue to come out

entertainment news April 1, 2011 at 1:28 am

Some variety of dishes would like to try out some for my dinner

anitha April 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm

sweets are looks superb would like to try it out

Favourite Hobbies April 18, 2011 at 2:10 am

I am feeling hungry which country dish is that John