Stepping Up To The Sushi Bar At Sushi Land

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Marinepolis Sushi Land is an extremely successful Japanese restaurant in the Seattle area. Sarah first took me there when we were dating. Since then, Sushi Land has expanded to nine locations (5 in Washington State and 4 in Oregon). We went for lunch at the Bellevue location. It’s easy to see why Sushi Land has gown so much. The place is always packed with people. No matter what time of the day you hit Sushi Land, you can expect to wait for a seat.

Sushi Land is like a very big sushi bar. The sushi plates are placed on a belt that moves around the entire bar – see something you like, just grab it. It’s very informal dinning because you never know who is going to sit at the chair next to you. As you can see from the above picture, you’re seated pretty close to the next person. The chairs really aren’t that comfortable. The restaurant is designed to get you in and get you out as soon as possible. Sushi Land also does a huge take out business.

Here Comes The Sushi

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All the sushi are made in house by the chefs working behind the bar. The sushi is divided into four plate groups. The color of the plate tells you the price: green plates are $1 each, pink plates are $1.50, blue plates are $2.00 and purple plates are $3.00. In addition, there are some side items that you can order for additional cost, like a Miso soup or bottomless Diet Coke for $1.00.

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Not all items at Sushi Land make 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 order and place the extra on the belt.

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The quality of the sushi at Sushi Land is very good and the instant you bite into it, you’ll understand why this place is so popular.

Did We Really Eat This Much?

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Sarah and I consumed 15 plates of sushi plus two Miso soups for our lunch. That seems like a lot to me until I found out that the Sushi Land Plate Champion, Erik “The Red” Denmark, consumed 58 plates of Sushi at one seating! I can only imagine what his bill came to. At least he got a free T Shirt.

Lunch for the two of us came to only $30 with tips. That’s very reasonable and another reason why Sushi Land is so popular. Here’s a video of the restaurant.


54 thoughts on “Stepping Up To The Sushi Bar At Sushi Land”

  1. Sushi has never appealed to me, then again we don’t have any Sushi restaurants. But $30 for a good sized meal is excellent value for money (and I bet it was a nice to change to the recent rubbish you’ve been eating ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sure is excellent value for money.
      You should try sushi its nice ๐Ÿ˜›

      1. I’m over in the states next summer so will give it a go.

    2. I’m also not too big a fan of sushi, but I’ve eaten it on occasion. I’d much prefer a steak or a Sourdough Jack from Jack in the Box.

  2. Ruchir says:

    “Erik โ€œThe Redโ€ Denmark, consumed 58 plates of Sushi at one seating”

    58 plates of Sushi in one seating !!! OMG ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    1. I reckon I could probably tackle that! I reckon I’d get pretty damn close!

    2. Yeah, I think I could probably do that too. It depends on how many pieces are on a plate though. The one I went to had like two pieces per plate. I’m pretty sure I could do that if they let me stay there for most of the day.

    3. That’s 116 individual pieces …. Geez!

      1. David Chew says:

        If it is a nice food i think most people will be able to eat that much especially when they saw the price.

  3. Jason says:

    Going off topic, John I emailed you about two weeks ago regarding a review. Not sure if either you or I deleted an email as spam on accident or if you’ve just been too busy to get through all your email…..

    1. John Chow says:

      I don’t think I got it. Send it again.

  4. Fat Man says:

    sushi is gross and should be illegal to sell. eating raw animals? what are we, in the prehistoric times?

    1. You never tried it, then? Mmm.

      Kenneth

    2. seo audit says:

      Well, at least is healthier than burger and fries ๐Ÿ™‚

    3. Raw or cooked in any case we eat animals so it won’t make a big difference ๐Ÿ˜›

    4. Etienne Teo says:

      it is not illegal and you should given it a try.

  5. I’m a total sucker for good sushi!
    We have a similar styled restaurant ‘chain’ in Australia called Sushi Train, from my experiences at a few of their restaurants it’s not that good sushi.
    We have a couple of independent restaurants in my city but none of them are really good, and particularly considering the pricing of their menu. It’s gotten to the point where we actually make our own sushi and sashimi at home, nick down to the local fisherman’s co-op and pickup some fresh tuna, salmon, king fish and oysters and the rest is all about your knife work. Hrmmmm, this gives me an idea!

    1. We had a Sushi Train in our area as well and it was nasty. This one looked much better.

  6. acosmin says:

    I HATE SUSHI ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ! It’s is gross

    1. No way man, it’s fantastic. I’d eat it every day if I could afford it.

  7. Web Cosmo says:

    15 plates!!! You guys really must love it. I am always very picky about the shushi items.

    1. David Chew says:

      Go try once and maybe you would love it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. John, the last headline should be “Did We Really Eat This Much” not ate.

    Other than that, this post made me long for sushi. I’ve been to a place like this but the quality was pretty poor. It’s good to know there are good ones as well.

  9. Michael Kwan says:

    “Since then, Sushi Land has expanded to nine locations (4 in Washington State and 3 in Oregon)”

    Am I the only one who’s noticing that the math doesn’t add up?

  10. CAR says:

    You love Sushi lol.

  11. George Burke says:

    My girlfriend is from Hong Kong and she always talks about sushi places like this. It is too ba they don’t have anything like this in St. Louis. I guess that means there is a business opporutnity here. She also talks about how they make animals and othe figurines at sushi restaruants.

  12. ImageGag says:

    Take out for me. I just can’t enjoy a meal seated that close to a complete stranger. Same for movie theatres. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me being anti-social.

    1. ImageGag says:

      Sorry about the double post, but I just saw the irony of my comment when compared to my avatar. I guess this is what your view of me would be at Sushi Land!

  13. That looks like some good sushi…how does it rival sushi in Vancouver?

  14. Tha Guru says:

    i love to eat some sushi too. Yesterday i was at a sushi house in erlangen ( germany ) and maybe your plates are smaler or you are not eating as much as i do. i had 34 plates and the hole dinner cost my 25โ‚ฌ which is around $36. the have this all you can eat offer which pays of at 19 plates. they donยดt make to much profit with guys like me

    1. Wow, that place is cheap. I wish there was those prices here in the UK ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. How is the quality of the food though? So far I’ve found that with Sushi, you usually get what you pay for.

  15. Teejay says:

    I haven’t gone to any sushi restaurant before and I’d like to try it out.

  16. Looks good, now I want to go eat Sushi for dinner.

  17. Brandie says:

    I’ll have to go there if I am ever around where one of the restraunts are! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice how they just have the plates rotating. That’s very interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Contest Beat says:

    15 plates for $30 is pretty good!

  19. Mike Huang says:

    John, when you come down to Los Angeles, make sure you hit me up. I’ll take you to “A Float Sushi” in Pasadena and you’ll treat my wife and me ๐Ÿ™‚ The sushi at A Float costs double what you’re eating there, so I’m pretty sure it tastes better ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Mike

  20. Andy says:

    I like Sushi and Sashimi (raw fish without the rice). These look like generous portions and well presented.

  21. David Chew says:

    The sushi menu seems almost the same as the restaurant in my country. Well could be the same maybe is a branch. The price looks reasonable and food well not very sure if it is tasty but according to what you mention about how famous and successful it is, i guess it will be a nice place to hang out with friends. ๐Ÿ˜†

  22. Steve! says:

    I love Sushi. Love it. Sushi = YEAH!

  23. Dustin says:

    Maybe if they place one on the east coast I’ll try one, until then, its Tokyo Steakhouse for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Roger Wong says:

    To be honest, I think Sushi Land sushi is crap (my girlfriend thinks so too and she’s lived in Japan). I live about 5 minutes from the one in Seattle and the only reason it’s always packed is because it’s CHEAP. Usually, the fish is not the freshest and the seaweed is chewy (should be crisp). The one in Portland is better but if you’re in Seattle and are a sushi fan, I would recommend several of the ones in Belltown over this by a million mark. If you have some $$$, try Shiro’s or drive a little further for a great sushi place on East Lake called Hiroshi’s!

  25. Nenette says:

    I’m a sucker for sushi. I’d eat it everyday if I could afford it. After moving back home to Winnipeg from Vancouver, I thought I’d have to suffer until my next BC trip… thankfully, there are more sushi places opening up here… I’d live at Wasabi Bistro and throw my panties at the sushi chef if it wouldn’t get me arrested.

  26. I’ve noticed you got rid of blogrush from your sidebar, any reason for this?

  27. Etienne Teo says:

    That is a lot of sushi you ate there.

  28. Sushi Land is impressive. It is even impressive based on the Sushi places I have visited in Japan. I wonder when they will open a branch near me!

  29. sushi is realy bad. ๐Ÿ˜•
    i ate last week but it was really bad.

  30. That’s a lot of Sushi! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like it

  31. Sushi is wonderful. Sushiland is not exactly the best sushi, though. I’ve been to the Sushilands in downtown Portland, Beaverton and Clackamas. It’s not nearly the grade of sushi you’d find in a fine restaurant, but if you just want a fix, it works.

  32. Matt Kho says:

    sushi is much more expensive where i live in california =(

    1. You’d think being in a coastal state it would be a lot cheaper. You could always learn to make it yourself. I just got a book to learn for Christmas but I think being from the midwest, the fish is going to be tough to get as fresh as I’d need it. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

  33. In my country (Hungary) there’s a big sushi bar in Budapest (capital of Hungary) next to the Westend City Center (which is the biggest shopping mall in Eastern-Europe). In that sushi bar you pay like $25, and you can eat as much as you want. ๐Ÿ˜€ I go there like once or twice a month because their chef is really talented and the food is awesome.

  34. Mmmm…. Sushi….. Mmmmm…..

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