Raku Sushi

A Swimming Success

49ers Roll

49ers Roll

Photography by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group

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Sushi buffets can make many diners skeptical;

after all, if there’s one type of food that should be fresh, it’s fish. Raku Sushi is all you can eat (AYCE), but instead of their rolls sitting under bright buffet lights for hours, all items are made to order.

In fact, the entire stigma of buffets is absent here: It feels more like a sit-down restaurant than a pay one price, shovel-as-much-food-as-you-can establishment where quantity trumps quality. The dinner menu ($19.95) offers more variety than lunch ($12.95), but both will fill your belly to the brim.
A recent bout of extreme hunger led my plus one and I through Raku’s doors for dinner, where we were quickly seated and brought water on the rocks. First impressions were impressive: clean, modern décor and a well-lit, open dining room with two large flat-screen TVs.

The AYCE concept can be slightly overwhelming at first (really, we can order everything on the menu and still pay one price?), but as the saying goes, “Slow but steady wins the race.” First, we shared an order of gyoza and mixed tempura and made a quick trip to the salad bar in the restaurant’s rear, where we found edamame, seaweed salad, kimchi cucumbers and other herbivore delights.

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