Choose your own culinary adventure at Sushi Love

Telegraph correspondentMarch 23, 2012 

Keep in mind that I’m no sushi expert. I like California roll, smoked eel and a few others, but the raw tuna and such are lost on me. That being said, I enjoyed Sushi Love.

The set-up is pretty cool. When you walk in, you have a choice of sitting at the Kaiten, a “conveyor belt” on which the sushi travels; sitting at a booth that gets passed by the belt; or sitting at another area that is not near the belt.

On your first visit, I recommend sitting near the conveyor belt -- it’s one of the largest in Georgia and it’s what makes this restaurant.

At your seat, two conveyor belts bring sushi in opposite directions past your plate. If one looks good to you, you just remove it from the belt and try it out. There’s usually enough to share, making for a fun activity with friends, and the servers do a great job of helping you identify what you are about to put in your mouth (if you really want to know).

Each plate color indicates a different price, ranging from $1.50 to $3.75. There is no maximum or minimum, so you can control the price of your dinner, which I like.

There are the usual sushi rolls, but there are also a few others I’d never seen before: sushi with fried shrimp inside, all veggie and even chicken salad. I would imagine that sushi purists might find it too pedestrian. Other items included on the belts are desserts like red velvet cake and cheesecake, plus edamame beans and oranges.

Though it may not be obvious, there is a color coding system in place to make sure the sushi doesn’t stay on the belt too long. Look for the colored dots on the lids -- if you see a color that’s different from most of the others, you may want to ask which is fresher. You can also ask your server for the most recent additions to figure out the system for yourself.

Whether or not you sit at the conveyor belt, you are welcome to choose items from the menu. The noodle bowls are extremely generous and are topped with tempura vegetables that I really enjoyed. There are also more traditional sushi rolls that are much larger and prettier than the ones on the belt. The one we ordered was huge and looked like a cherry blossom married a Christmas present. We had to take the rest of it home.

Other items not on the conveyor belt include hibachi, teriyaki and steak dishes. We came at dinner time and found that you need to come before 6 p.m. if you want to sit immediately. After 6:30 p.m. there has been a wait, especially on weekends.

Sushi is a fun adventure for a first date, a family or even to break the boredom for anybody else. People at the belt like helping others make choices (if they’re asked) and you can make your dinner last as long or short as you want. So stop being afraid of sushi and try something new.

Sushi Love

Address: 4524 Forsyth Road

Phone: 330-6599

Hours: Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; dinner 5-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Beer and wine

Kids Menu: No

Noise Level: Moderate

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Health Rating: 100

Price range: $1.50 and up

Rating: 3 stars

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