Beginner’s Guide to Sushi Junai

[Waiter]: Excuse me. [Arthur Spooner]: Yes? [Waiter]: Are you also having the buffet, sir? [Arthur]: How DARE you make such an accusation?! I fought for this country!

[Doug]: Yes, we have been sharing. Here’s $20 for two buffets, keep the change.

I’m no sushi expert. But even I know that what you’re getting at Sushi Junai isn’t the best sushi. It’s a $30/person all you can eat where everything is made to order. From appetizers to rolls, nigiri to dessert, there’s a vast array of choices here that may overwhelm the first timer. It’s a lot to process, so unless you’re a competitive eater, I highly suggest that you walk in with a strategy. This guide isn’t meant to help you maximize value – it won’t give you a sense that you’ve beaten the system. Instead, it’s meant to give you the most enjoyable experience.

STEP 1

Bring friends. Here’s why:

  • You were afraid to order something initially, but saw that your friend’s order looks amazing. Now you can order the same, share theirs, or outright steal it from them.
  • You got something you thought you’d like, but ended up hating it. Just pass it down to someone who does like it.

STEP 2

Keep track of what you order. But don’t tally it until the end:

SJ writes all their prices on the menu for customers who choose not to do the all you can eat.

When I went my first time, our hypothetical bill for three people was $300+. Yes, this is certainly not reflective of the real world value of what you just ate, but it’s fun, and it will still give you a sense of accomplishment.

STEP 3

Order what you want while keeping the following in mind:

  • Try to avoid getting too many “rolls.” If you get even one, you are committing a lot of real estate to eating the same type of sushi. Why do that to yourself? I recommend picking one roll that you think sounds really good only if at least one of your friends will split it with you.
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The Final Destination
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This Korean BBQ roll was actually really good, but it was so much food!
  • The same rule applies for their ramen, udon, and fried rice dishes. Just be careful about over committing.
  • You MUST order the following:
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These cheese covered mussels
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As good as any shrimp tempura you’ll find at a 4 out of 5 star or below restaurant
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Couldn’t stop eating these “creamy shrimps.” Think Crab Rangoon, but with whole shrimps. 
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Anything on the menu that states you can only “order it once.” The beef (bottom of the picture, left of the salmon) and sweet ebi shrimp (not pictured) nigiri are two that were especially memorable.
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Sweet ebi at the top right. It also includes the fried shrimp head in the middle of the picture.
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Wait, is this a duplicate? Yes, yes it is. ORDER THIS
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Allow some space for dessert. Their mochis and ice creams are all solid choices. I just wish it was Blue Bell though.
  • Honorable mention
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This edamame was seasoned way too heavily. But for whatever reason, the more you ate it, the more addicting it became. If you want to play it safe, stick with the regular salted edamame.
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In general, just try as many nigiri as possible. You may find one that you just absolutely love. My friend LOVES the yuzu yellowtail and will just order 20+ pieces every time. 
  • Don’t feel pressured to order 20 things at once, but try to also avoid ordering only 1-2. The restaurant can get pretty hectic, and some dishes take longer than others to come out, so I recommend getting at least 3-5 dishes every time your waiter swings by.

STEP 4

Reorder the things you loved.

Summary

And that’s pretty much it! I hope this guide will actually help you plan out your first (or next) trip to Sushi Junai and make it an enjoyable experience.

Don’t forget to make your way to @ATXFoodiesBlog on Instagram for more hunger inducing food pictures.

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