Since dinner at Genki Sushi was a last minute decision, we arrived at Bonifacio Stopover past 6PM. Parking was easy to find across the building as office hours were over.
Outside Genki Sushi along BGC Stopover. Not much people waiting in line at 6PM.
Inside Genki Sushi, the place is packed though…all tables that are being served by conveyor belt is filled up. The farthest tables near the windows are actually regular table and there was one table vacant. Of course we didn’t come to just eat, we wanted the novelty experience of the food being served via conveyor belt.
Once the server leads you to your table, you are given copies of the menu (the same ones posted on the wall as well as can be seen on the tab monitor). Small plates, chopsticks and cups are also set on your table for your use. The server then orients you on what to do if it was your first visit.
The menu on the well (same menu given to you in case you’re seated at the far end and can’t see the wall menu or the tablet.
Green tea powder besides the hot water faucet for you to make as much green tea as your heart desires.
You just need to familiarize yourself with the Japanese terms (although there’s an English translation) used for each entree category. Once you place your order, you can no longer cancel it so make sure you entered the correct dish and the correct quantity.
Our first orders have arrived! It’s a novelty to see the speedy little car on conveyor belt deliver your food.
Spicy Tuna (Php80)
Spicy Salmon (Php80)
I liked the spicy mayo of both the spicy tuna and the spicy salmon though I favor the latter more. However with the price and only 2 servings plus there’s little salmon and tuna on the sushi, I felt this was not value for money at all.
California Roll (Php150)
You can get better California rolls elsewhere for the same price with with a bigger serving portion. Taste was nothing remarkable; not value for money.
Lobster Salmon Roll (Php150)
Spicy Salmon Roll (Php150)
The lobster salmon roll and the spicy salmon roll were good but again, not much filling for both. There’s 3 pieces per order so it’s a bit more than the spicy rolls.
Fried Gyoza (Php150)
Our worst order for the night. The fried gyoza was tough and chewy. There was too much wrapper and not enough filling. It was also fried beyond golden. Nothing remarkable and for the price, you might as well be better off just ordering those expensive sushi rolls.
Shrimp Tempura (Php270)
While they did not mislead you with saying it was prawn tempura, we were still dismayed because upon dissecting (yes, we dissect our food especially shrimp/prawn tempura because we always want to check how big the shrimp or prawn is and if they cleaned it. In this case, it was all doughy tempura batter and tiny tiny shrimp. The tempura sauce was served lukewarm and tasteless.
Chirashi Don (Php420)
This was a good order, although for the price I still found the serving portion pitiful. It looked like a full bowl on the menu photos and in reality, it even looked decent; but when you dig into it you realize each item is a tiny portion and the rest is actually just rice. However, the taste and freshness of most of the components of the Chirashi Don almost made up for the disappointing serving size. The only thing we didn’t like was the octopus which was really tough and chewy.
Black Pepper Chicken Don (Php190)
Now our last and after-thought order (we ordered this just to fill out our tummys since none of our orders were really filling), the black pepper chicken don, was so good I was actually taken aback. The peppery and spicy chicken was served hot and was just tasty. It could do with a little less of the onions though.
Overall, I think one needs to have some sort of strategy when dining at Genki Sushi. If you’re dining alone or with friends, you can start with the rice bowls to fill up your tummy as these are more value for money; then you can go along with the sushi rolls – those priced at Php80 are the most value for money as they either come in 2s/3s/4s and would come out to be around Php40 per piece on the average. Of course if you’re there for the sushi rolls, just go for the salmon or tuna. I would tell you to just skip the shrimp tempura and the fried gyoza. The novelty of getting served and taking your food from a conveyor belt is a winning factor but after the first visit, I personally am not inclined to return as I can get a better fix for my sushi cravings elsewhere for a better price. I might visit Genki Sushi in Hong Kong or Japan just to compare how this one fares but otherwise nothing would encourage me to return to Genki Sushi (Manila).