All You Can Eat Sushi

May 27, 2008 · 9 comments

I took the kids to a new Sushi & Hibachi place tonight thinking it would be a fun thing to do to try something new, give my newly vegetarian daughter some new food options and maybe give me a chance to use the little Japanese I know. I was able to do this because my wife was working; she associates sushi with seafood and probably wouldn’t step in the place. I’ll be getting her there later though, there was lots of food she would like.

I didn’t realize I was walking into an all you can eat situation, which are never good for me, particularly when I haven’t had a chance to formulate a plan.

My son had Hibachi Filet Mignon, which I sampled and it was tender and delicious. Oishii desu yo! It came with fried rice and he also had some of my daughter’s edamame appetizer. She had tofu sushi which she didn’t like because it was too sweet and vegetable soba, which are thin noodles in a vegetable broth. I sampled that too and it was really good.

I started off ordering pretty well, getting just a few miscellaneous sushi like salmon and unagi (eel). Then because I had not planned my trip properly I found myself ordering from the meat side of the menu with some teppanyaki and teriyaki steak. In hindsight I realize one of the reasons I wanted to go to this restaurant was to eat healthy, and I completely forgot that as I was looking at the menu. I would have been totally satisfied with the edamame, tofu sushi and soba.

Now I know.

We finished the night with a little green tea ice cream.

Oh, and practicing my Japanese? Ueitoresu nihongo o wakarimasen (our waitress did not understand Japanese).

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MizFit May 28, 2008 at 8:10 am

live and learn huh?

and doesnt sound like too bad (read: weighty) of a learning experience either.

me? I usually can stick to pretty good choices but the sashimi does a NUMBER on my WALLET

it leaves there skinny even if I dont.


I know what you mean - the price here was $21.95 for all you can eat, which isn’t bad - but it was about a dollar a year for the kids, so at 9 and 11 that was definitely more than normal. I think the key is to use the all you can eat to decide what you like and then pay for ala carte from then on.

Andrew is getting fit May 29, 2008 at 3:35 am

Heh…all you can eat is tricky I guess. I think I’ve gotten better at controlling portions but sometimes I still struggle. Such is life.

I’m going to Vegas in a couple of weeks - I’m pretty good at staying away from the buffets there now though.

Cynthia May 29, 2008 at 7:00 pm

It doesn’t sound like you ate that badly. I know I would have a hard time controlling myself with all you can eat sushi! At any rate, now you know and can prepare better next time.

I probably had a pound of steak. Not good at a sushi place!

fat bastard June 2, 2008 at 6:43 am

Unfortunately, in today’s world, every day is an eating situation (and yes, buffets are the worst). You probably didn’t do too much damage and had a good night with the kids to boot!

Skinny Guy June 10, 2008 at 7:12 am

John, eating out is always a dicey situation even when you have a solid plan. All you can do is try to make better choices and strive to do better the next time.

Hope you’re doing well!

Groovybabe June 12, 2008 at 1:18 am

I LOVE sushi and I dont think I would cope well in all you can eat sushi resturant!!!

Antonio Howell June 14, 2008 at 7:30 am


Nice blog. Congrats on your weight loss. You did it the right way.

justoofat June 14, 2008 at 10:01 am

Been a long time.
Hope you’re alright.


Weight Loss June 23, 2008 at 11:21 pm

All you can eat situations can be a tough position to put yourself in when you are trying to lose weight and alter your eating habits. As you said, usually you would have a plan for this. What you had seemed ok. Japanese meat dishes are usually pretty lean.

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