The robot bartenders at the Miracle Mile Shops and champagne-dispensing vending machines at the Waldorf Astoria might lead one to believe that conveyor belt restaurants are just another automated dining trend, but the idea has actually been around for decades. In 1958, restaurateur Yoshiaki Shiraishi opened Genroku Sangyo in Osaka, the first-ever kaiten zushi (Japanese for rotating sushi) restaurant in the world. Inspired by the recent sight of a bottling line at a brewery, he adapted the idea to provide diners with an efficient, affordable sushi delivery system. Genroku Sangyo went on to be franchised all over Japan and eventually led to the appearance of conveyor belt dining options across the world — many of which serve more than just sushi. Diners interested in experiencing this futuristic concept with a surprisingly long history can find conveyor belt restaurants at these Las Vegas establishments.Read More
Where to Find Conveyor Belt Restaurants in Las Vegas
Rotating sushi, hot pots, and Korean barbecue
1. Kaizen Revolving Sushi
Kaizen, a forward-thinking Japanese term refers to the concept of continuous improvement, is a revolving sushi restaurant off of Lake Mead Boulevard near Desert Shores. Plates here use a color coded system to denote prices ranging from $2.45 per dish to $4.95. Kaizen also uses a radio frequency powered timing system tagged to plates to ensure freshness. Diners can order a wide variety of traditional rolls, fresh rolls, and tempura rolls plus sashimi, noodles, nigiri ,and dessert.
2. Chubby Cattle
Chubby Cattle’s take on revolving dining is a conveyer belt hotpot concept. The restaurant features a refrigerated conveyer belt that allows diners to select ingredients for Mongolian-style hot pots, which can be customized with beef brisket, lamb shoulder and other savory ingredients.
3. Kura Revolving Sushi Bar
Kura Revolving Sushi Bar is another Chinatown option for automated sushi. The restaurant, which has roots in Japan and a commitment to natural ingredients, offers hand rolls, maki rolls, gunkan nigiri, and taiyaki ice cream. Diners can choose sushi plates from the conveyonr belt or order entrees from a touch screen.
4. Sapporo Revolving Sushi
Conveyor belts snake throughout Sapporo Revolving Sushi, allowing diners to pluck plates of nigiri, gyoza, rolls, and more off the line. There’s also the option to order full-sized rolls, appetizers, tempura, and sashimi plates and have them delivered via tiny robot. Sapporo has locations in Chinatown and Centennial.
5. Konbea Belt Sushi
Located in the heart of Chinatown on Spring Mountain Road and Lindell, Konbea Belt Sushi offers an all-you-can-eat menu at a fixed price and color-coded a la carte plates that range from $2.50 to $9.99. The restaurant is known for its Dungeness crab served with black bean sauce or garlic pepper, as well as its skewers, rolls, and oysters.
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6. Master Kim’s Korean BBQ
Master Kim’s Korean BBQ was created by the team behind Sapporo Revolving Sushi. Diners can expect the same conveyer belt concept, but with all-you-can-eat certified angus beef, kurobota pork belly, chicken bulgogi, spicy octopus, and kimchi pancakes.
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