Sushi favorite hides full menu undercover

Sushi favorite hides full menu undercover

Conveyor chain aims to woo health-conscious worrywarts
Sushi
A “real” sushi restaurant would never hide its light away under a plastic dome.

With restaurants in over 280 locations across Japan, the kaiten chain Kura-zushi is one of the most popular cheap eats in the country, but that hasn’t stopped it getting all shy on diners this month.

The company says it will start covering up all dishes on its menu with those odd plastic domes you may have seen in some overseas (read, “inauthentic”) sushi-train joints.

Tradition be damned

In Japan, such a move is unusual, to say the least, in a culinary field so heavily shaped by tradition.

The equivalent of serving fish and chips in Styrofoam boxes instead of newspaper, perhaps. Perish the thought.

Now, instead of riding the mechanical circuit naked to the world, each plate of sushi will be protected both from airborne germs and from shriveling up in the dry winter air.

High-tech solution

To solve the dreadful hassle of having to lift the little domes, each will automatically raise when removed from the track to reveal the bounty within. Could it be an attention-seeking gimmick on the part of the company, then?

We’ve no idea, but it all comes across as odd when any sushi fan worth his or her wasabi knows you never take dishes from the conveyor belt -- just tell the chef what you want and he’ll see you get the good stuff.

PS: Yes, your sushi chef will always be a man. Well, almost always.

More on CNNGo: The best sushi spots in Tokyo

CNN Partner Hotels

Destination Berlin

World War II bunker and former margarine factory among cutting edge venues in ever-changing city