Here's a fun one. This video will either make you hungry or dizzy. It was posted on You Tube earlier this year, just found it today.
Reviewed by Salem Man 12/11/07
If we look far into the future we will see humans inventing new, creative and efficient ways to consume our daily nutrition. Progress has been made since the caveman days where we sat around a fire to cook with sharp sticks poking through slabs of meat from the recent hunt. Today the fire has been replaced by a microwave and table and we have refined our eating utensils to small metallic forks or knives. One Salem restaurant is taking an innovative step in food service, delivering food in a mechanical manner that is eye opening and fun. Sushi Kyo on Rickey Street near the ShopKo on Lancaster has employed a conveyor belt as a means to get their food to your mouth. A line of stools stand next to a silver serpentine stretching across the dining room of Sushi Kyo. On top, colorful dishes with sushi and rolls, glide past customers waiting for their next bite. The color of the dish represents the price of the item on top of it. At the end of your meal, the server adds up the stack of plates on your table to total your bill. I started with a cucumber salad. Being my first visit, I wanted to get the lay of the land before I started to take items off the conveyor belt. Sushi can be real expensive if you don't keep tabs on what you are eating. At Sushi Kyo though, all of the plates are between a buck fifty and two and a half bucks.
It's probably the cheapest sushi in town. Somehow that conveyor belt helps them to keep the costs down and they can pass on the savings to the customer. Whatever the reason, the food keeps rolling by as chefs prepare it off to the side. It's hard to say exactly what I ate because the food isn't labeled but I think the item on the blue dish pictured here is Sweet Shrimp Roll. I also tried the Salmon, green dish, and the California Roll, yellow dish. The sushi wasn't that great. The rice patties and rolls fell apart as I picked them up and the fish wasn't top shelf quality. But what do you expect from something you paid $2.50 for and has been traveling around a restaurant on a conveyor belt. The restaurant was also eerily quiet. You could here the click of my camera echo off the walls as hungry customers fed their faces with fish. It was maybe the most awkward restaurant I have ever taken photos in. Some Japanese music, playing softly in the background would have been nice. Also I noticed a stack of open cardboard boxes piled up in the corner of the dining room in plain sight of customers. The place has a nice modern feel with pooled lighting, it's a shame that they would store these boxes in front of a window no less. Another thing that I wondered about later was, how do they know how long an item has been on that conveyor belt? How many trips around the restaurant before an item is no longer fresh? The upside of this place is that it's new(opened in February '07) and it's fun. I'd definitely suggest heading over there if you are bored with the usual Salem dining scene, which most of you are, I'm sure. So is Sushi Kyo the future of food or a passing fad destined to be a relic of our days on this big blue marble?