Kula Revolving Sushi Bar soft opened its San Diego location last week. Kula has several locations in LA, but according to Eater, this is the first US location to have the multi-tiered technology of the Japanese branches.
I’ve been so excited for this one. I love the concept of conveyor belt sushi and visited the Kula location in Irvine years ago. But the San Diego one is so much more impressive!
In addition to the constantly moving conveyor belt carrying plates of sushi, the San Diego branch also features a second tier belt where food you order from a touch screen is automatically delivered right to you. When your order is ready, you get a little bell notification and then a cheerful Japanese voice speaks and your food comes whooshing your way and promptly stops right in front of you. It all happens so fast that it seems like magic.
There is also a chute at each table for you to dispose of your empty plates and it then counts your plates for you, which you can keep track of through the touch screen. After every 5 plates, your screen will play a little video. When you reach 15 plates, you get a prize from the bikkura-pon game stationed above the touch screen.
The menu selection is very large, with close to 100 options. All regular plates have a flat $2.25 price. Then there are additional side items you can order from the touch screen, which are priced between $2-$5.
When you first sit down, they explain how everything works, and most importantly, teach you how to remove the plates from the conveyor belt without contaminating the system. They named their protective covers “Mr. Fresh.” Food is protected from germs as it moves its way across the restaurant and you are taught to grab the plate safely out from the opening.
$2.25 is very reasonable for the quality of the fish we were served. And though it doesn’t seem like much, the plates did add up fast. It’s hard not to overindulge when you see them constantly passing you by and plus you want to win a prize!
I’m not going to describe each and every plate we ordered because we enjoyed them all. There is a big range of rolls, nigiri, and even some seared beef to choose from. We mainly stuck to the nigiri.
From the side dishes, we tried the udon and ice cream mochi.
While I was really impressed with the way the udon was able to almost magically appear before me without issue, I didn’t quite care for the actual dish itself. The noodles were a little overcooked.
And of course we couldn’t leave without dessert. We chose the mango green tea mochi combination. I actually thought from the photo that this was a combination of mango ice cream mochi and green tea ice cream mochi, but it turns out it’s mango ice cream mochi with a side of green tea ice cream. No matter as I really enjoyed the ice cream.
I was so excited we got a prize that I forgot to take a picture of it until we got home later.
It’s quite cute. The little souvenir is a replica of the sushi plates and Mr. Fresh system at Kula. They have 5 different ones. Now I need to collect them all!
Overall, we had a really fun time here and I can’t wait to return. Mr. K had never been very impressed with the Irvine one, but he enjoyed his experience here too.
Tip: This plaza has become quite crowded so make sure you account for parking time in your schedule. We ended up parking several blocks away. The restaurant was also packed on a Sunday. There are only 15 tables and 16 bar seats I believe. I’d recommend coming before they open or during off peak hours. Currently, they are open daily from 11:30 AM- 9:00 PM.
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar
4609 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111