All-you-can-eat conveyor-belt sushi restaurant named Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express will open in Elizabeth.
It’ll take the space formerly occupied by Passion 8 and then Luca Modern Italian Kitchen, near Carpe Diem and Earl’s Grocery. Construction has just started, so it’ll be several months before the grand opening of this unique sushi restaurant.
This will be the third location for Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express — their other two spots are located in Durham and Raleigh (both with a 3.5 out of 5 rating on Yelp).
“Kaiten-zushi,” known over here as conveyor-belt sushi, is common in Japan.
The Agenda sent a correspondent to the Durham location to check it out. Here’s what we learned.
All-you-can-eat: It’s $10.99 for lunch and $14.99 for dinner. Yes, it’s all-you-can-eat. Many people stuff themselves and then take an Instagram shot of their stacked plastic sushi plates. It’s also entirely self-serve, so you clean up after yourself, and you’re in charge of your self-serve drink.
How it works: You pay before being seated (you’ll also be asked to tip then as well). You’re then given a seat number and go to that table. Protip: If you sit closer to where the sushi comes out, you’ll obviously have better selection.
Menu: Rockin’ Rolls Sushi serves up about 50 different sushi rolls and Japanese dishes onto its conveyor belts.
Conveyor belt: Sushi and other Japanese dishes comes out of the kitchen on two covered conveyor belts. The conveyor belts move at a good pace, fast enough for you to get access but slow enough for you to open the window and grab your sushi.
Layout: Booths are located along each of the two conveyor belts and there’s bar-style seating. Before sitting down, you’ll want to visit the corner of the restaurant to grab your chopsticks, soy sauce, wasabi and other condiments.
We all know Charlotte loves new concepts, and I expect the city to flood to Rockin’ Rolls Sushi Express when it opens.
[Agenda related guide: Best sushi in Charlotte? Here’s the definitive 2019 ranking of Charlotte’s top 15 sushi spots]