Pasadena >Food & Dining > A' Float Sushi
87 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110534.145930 -118.148539
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
A weekly pilgrimage of mine... – This place is always packed. That says a lot about it. The sushi isn't the very best, but along with the fun environment and the very helpful staff, you look beyond it. Being able to pick and choose the sushi that you would like as it rounds the bend is so much fun. After the first time, the novelty wears off a bit, but that is simply because you end up seeing the same cuisine each time that you go. I haven't seen much deviation from the format at all. The only problem I have, but it hasn't been strong enough to keep me away, is that parents will bring their children and allow them to grab at whatever appeals them. Of course this is the thrill, but a coughing child ripe with germs is sitting three seats before me, and he is clawing at everything before it gets to me. Some of the items, unfortunately, made their escape from the child's fingers that just came from his face. These same items may have escaped, BUT THEY WERE TOUCHED! Since the boy was not quick enough to catch the fish, it moves along. BUT HE TOUCHED IT! And the parent says nothing. Lost my appetite that day. But this should all be written as what the customer doesn't know, won't hurt him/her. After all, someone did take what that kid graced. And no one seems to be the wiser. :)
Sushi for Dummies – First the good: I periodically go here when I have a sushi craving and limited time. You can get in, eat, and get out in around 30 minutes. Also, it's very convenient to not have to place an order at all (except for drinks). The prices are reasonable.
And the not so good: If you go during off hours, the selection is very limited and you will probably have to order from the chef anyway. Also, many of this restaurant's sushi dishes are not authentic. In addition, the chefs do NOT insert wasabi under the fish in the nigiri zushi! You have to do this yourself, and is that what you're paying for? Neither the chefs nor the waitresses are Japanese (they're Chinese), so if you like to order or converse in Japanese in a Japanese restaurant (I do), forget it.
Get instant fresh-fish gratification at this self-service sushi bar. – In Short
Japanese paper lanterns dangle from and illuminate a black ceiling, while geisha-embroidered cloths hang from walls of the long dining room. The hook, though, is the sushi bar--surrounded by a mini-moat with floating sushi-laden boats. Patrons reach for the dishes as they circle the bar, picking spicy crab meat tempura rolls, salmon avocado rolls with chili paste or simple California rolls. Each dish is monitored by the chefs and removed after an hour.
Sushi without the attitude – Sometimes, sushi chefs (and sushi lovers) can take themselves just a little too seriously. Yes, fresh o-toro and uni can be sublime when prepared by a master chef. But sometimes, sushi is just rice 'n fresh fish 'n veggies and that's plenty good enough. Afloat Sushi gives diners an ever-changing array of freshly prepared sushi as it floats by on little boats. Okay, it's a little kitschy, but it's fun! The price of the sushi is clearly marked by the design/color of the dishes, making it great fun for the budget-conscious -- you can see how much your bill will be as your empty dishes stack up. Sometimes, some sushi stays on the go-round a little too long -- but anyone who's feeling freshness-conscious can make a request for the roll/nigiri or dish they want from the chefs who are always ready to make more sushi to replenish the assortment. Great fun and good food at a good price -- what more could you want?
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.. – We go every sunday and have for the last two months....Can't beat it...it is a nice location with great prices...We had sushi here and found each piece more delectable than the last
Floating boats are fun! – Sit at the bar and pick from a variety of choices going around on the boats. Their shrimp walnut roll is great. The fish is decent for the price.
this place kept my wallet a'float – my boyfriend and i went here for lunch and we both loved it! the lunch menu's variety is plentiful and the cute little boats carrying the sushi was too cute. we ordered bento-styled lunches and it kept us full and satisfied. the service was awesome and prompt. and our lunch together cost less than $13! i don't know about the dinner here, but their lunch is great. we will go again!
Other Than Cancer – If you were diagnosed with cancer and given 2 hours to live, you should probably spend that time with your daughter. Otherwise an evening at Afloat Sushi is a good way to spend $60 and feel not necessarily very intensely bad nor great about it. The parade of sushi boats is truly a sight. At no other restaurant can a diner witness all of the menu items he does NOT want, displayed before him in slow succession. Go with friends, and make sure not to drive over any traffic cones on the way home. Also avoid seconds on the $5.95 dessert. I have no idea what I was thinking. And if, during the course of your meal, a sushi chef, bus boy or family of runaway slaves climbs out from the undergound railroad-like tunnel underneath the sushi bar, pay them no mind.
Not Bad for your Buck – After reading all the reviews, I decided to check this place out myself. My experiences overall so far have been nothing but pleasant. This place has a great variety of sushi and the best part is is that it doesn't cost much.
User review by tunnelnose – The most appealing aspect of Afloat Sushi is the sushi bar which is in an oblong oval with sushi boats floating past the diners. The sushi is pretty cheap, but I believe that this may be so due to the not-so-fresh fish. I felt like the sushi was floating on the boats for quite some time without being picked up by the customers. Overall, the restaurant is a decent place to go to. Just watching the sushi boats pass by is worth going.
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