Uobei Genki Sushi – futuristic & fun restaurant in Tokyo
Waitress clones serving fast food in dystopian restaurants.
This is the way Cloud Atlas depicted our culinary future.
In Tokyo the future has already arrived.
And it is in fact waitress-less.
Location: 2-29-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Not real humans but high-tech is delivering food which can be ordered via multi lingual monitor screens – hanging in front of each customer seat.
Once you have placed your order, a high-speed tray with room for three dishes runs by on futuristic fast tracks, carrying delicious Sushi (and more).
Your sushi arrives.
Take your Sushi.
Enjoy your Sushi.
Push the blinking smiley button when you are done. The tray will rush back to base (a kitchen with robotic cooks, I would like to think).
You can order three dishes at once before repeating the fun.
The menu provides soups, various side dishes and deserts.
Save money by drinking hot green tea which is free and can be prepared with a spoonful of macha powder and hot water coming from the hot water tap at your seating place. There is also complimentary fresh ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, chop sticks, napkins, spoons and desert forks.
I ordered ‘sea red poke‘ thinking it was going to be some kind of fish, not taking into account Japanese spelling peculiarities. The ‘red poke from the sea‘ was in fact ‘seared pork‘, here in the right corner.
Prices are rock bottom cheap, all Sushi dishes are 105 Yen. With no compromise in quality this place is a popular and hip place in Tokyo’s Shibuya.
When you first enter you might think you have accidentally landed in one of the numerous Pachinko gaming places.
And gaming it is.
You can play Japan’s national game Jankenpon じゃんけんぽん (rock, paper, scissors) against a virtual character on your screen, if you eat for over 1,000 Yen.
Gambatte. May the biggest stomach win.
You can receive a discount coupon when you win. Tomek’s cousin was so lucky – she picked ‘paper’ and got 10% off her next visit, I lost with ‘stone’ and Tomek’s ‘scissors’ choice wasn’t any better.
Playing Jankenpon in Japan is not just a kid’s game but used daily, solving serious adult and business matters in Japan, as well.
I consoled myself with macha cheesecake for desert.
All this was about 1,000 Yen.
I think I am going to grab something to eat now… and you?