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53 Isham Rd. (Memorial Rd.) Send to Phone
As sushi goes 'round on a conveyor belt, couples sip scorpion bowls and budget-minded families count color-coded plates at this fun Japanese fast-food spot.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Umi Sushi + Tapas Restaurant Review

: Sushi on a conveyor belt (kaitenzushi) is Japan's idea of fast food. But in Connecticut, it's a novelty that keeps Blue Back Square's family-friendly sushi bar with a clubby vibe filled to the gills with hungry diners. Plates are color-coded by price and feature everything from peppered tuna sashimi and buffalo chicken rolls to elaborate concoctions like a seven-spice lobster salad roll and chocolate mousse cake for dessert. If you only grab from the endless parade of plates whizzing past your counter or table seat, you can eat well in a jiff affordably. However, you'll miss the best hot and cold dishes Umi's chefs --- and you --- can create. Ask for the Build Your Own menu and you'll discover secret specialties including the Shroom Delight: a tempura-fried portobello and mozzarella roll drizzled with earthy truffle soy sauce. Or play sushi master and combine more than 60 ingredients to invent your own custom roll ... at your own risk: no refunds. We like items from the izakaya (gastropub) menu, too, particularly fried rock shrimp in a creamy, nicely spiced sauce; nabeyaki udon, a shrimp and fish noodle dish served in a cast iron pot; and tender Ishiyaki Steak, which you sizzle to your own idea of perfection on a hot stone. Young, hip bar selections include local and Japanese beers, saké, Champagne and the must-be-shared scorpion bowl.


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