Irvine- Kula revolving sushi bar
Kula Sushi Bar
2700 Alton Parkway, Suite 133
Irvine, CA 92606
I first read about Kula from Eileen Likes to Eat. The idea of a revolving sushi bar made me super excited. I know that they exist, but I've never had the pleasure of going to one. The cheap prices made me want to try this place even more. It's located in the same plaza as the bakery I frequent, 85C.
So Boyfriend and I took a short road trip to go check it out. It looked even cooler in real life. Basically there is a moving belt that runs around the sushi restaurant, carrying small plates of food. You can sit at the bar, or at the tables inside, which also are aligned up against the revolving sushi bar. Here's the view from the sushi bar:
Here's the view from our table:
Almost everything is $2 a plate. There are some things on the menu that you can order as well that aren't on the sushi bar, such as hand rolls and ice cream.
The $2 a plate makes it easier to try everything without worrying about spending too much. Which was a good thing for me because seeing so much food pass right before me kept making me forget that I was paying for each plate of food. I kept thinking I was at a buffet. hehe. And it was really hard to resist passing up on such pretty sushi plates.
You stack your finished plates on your table, and at the end, the waiter will count the plates and add up the total. Now onto the food. With the cheap prices, I wasn't expecting top quality sushi. I was just hoping for some good tasting cheap sushi.
We were given fresh wasabi with our food. I was surprised that they served fresh wasabi. Boyfriend really enjoyed the kick of the wasabi.
Now onto the food:
It was pretty tasty. I enjoy crunchy rolls. The sweet sauce, the crunchy toppings and the shrimp tempura inside.
The scallop was lightly seared, allowing you to taste both cooked and raw scallop. I liked this.
Crunchy salmon roll
A crunchy roll with cooked salmon inside. Not exactly my favorite but mainly because I'm not a big fan of cooked salmon in my sushi rolls.
Spicy tuna roll:
This was a pretty standard tasting spicy tuna roll.
Spicy tuna with quail egg:
I loved how this dish looked and I've never had a raw quail egg so I was excited to try this. Unfortunately, I don't know what I did with my quail egg. I think I might have swallowed it whole because I didn't taste any yolk. Next time I should separate the egg yolk out so I can taste it.
Crunchy rice topped with imitation crab
I thought this dish was pretty unique as I've never seen it before. They had a couple of variations of toppings on the crunchy rice. It wasn't what I expected at first, but I ended up liking it. The rice is really hard and chewy and a bit salty, but I think I would like to snack on something like this.
There was only one of these per $2 plate.
Spicy tuna crunchy roll. Boyfriend liked this a lot
I didn't try this. Boyfriend said it was just okay.
I don't think I tried this either.
This was my favorite dish. The shrimp was sweet. The head was deep fried so that you could eat the entire head.
Chewy, but about the same quality as ones I get at buffets.
Sake soy marinated tuna
Another dish I've never seen before. I don't quite remember how it tasted
We ended with the mochi. I've never had this type of mochi, but i enjoyed it. I mochi pieces were soft, gel like and chewy. The peanut powder added the sweetness needed for the mochi.
I had a fun experience. I once saw a revolving sushi bar on a Japanese cartoon and I've been wanting to go ever since. I wish there was one in San Diego. My attention definitely was on the revolving sushi bar the whole time. Even after I was completely full, I kept staring at the plates passing me by. Boyfriend had a hard time getting me to pay attention to anything else. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other plates we didn't get to sample.