Note: With the permission of the editor-in-chief, I’ve decided to repost some of my articles written for The Western Front here on Radical Geekery. Today’s review was originally posted here, on October 22, 2014 and all pictures and text are my original work.
Sushi has started to become a staple of most young adults lives, and students at Western are no different. In Bellingham alone there is over fifteen different sushi restaurants, but Zen Sushi & Bar seems to stand out among them all — if not only for the 600 lb. stone Buddha statue featured prominently in the restaurant.
When you think of posh and upscale, conveyor belt sushi doesn’t usually come to mind, but Zen blends both the affordability of conveyor belt sushi with the the class of a modern restaurant. Along with the knowledgable waitstaff and their chic dress code, the decor code completes an atmosphere of professionality.
In the past, you may have found the ease of picking out a dish quite easy, but the night this particular night, it was a bit more difficult, due to all labels on the belt being removed. If one wasn’t already familiar with sushi, guessing would be the best you could do. During that dinner hour, along with the lack of ingredients shown, many of the plates were getting stuck on that belt leading to back-ups and messes on the belt.
Even though there were no ingredients or dish names listed, the restaurant did provide a clear menu with a variety of sections such as — regular rolls, vegetarian, hot food, and dessert. This menu was complimented by their color-coded pay system, which was stated at every single booth and bar seat.
Being a vegetarian (like myself) can be tricky when going out to eat in any town, especially with sushi, but Zen has that covered. Dishes like Tamago (Egg, Seaweed and Rice sweetened with Maple Syrup), Spinach Gomae (Spinach, Sesame Sauce and Sesame Seeds) and Avocado Rolls (Avocado, Rice and Seaweed) can satate that lifestyle choice.
Zen also provides a whole list of unusual and quirky plates like the Dragon Roll (Shrimp tempura, imitation crab, spicy mayo, tobiko, green onion, eel sauce, cucumber, spicy tuna, rice, and seaweed), the Rainbow Roll (Imitation crab, cucumber, avocado, shrimp, salmon, albacore, rice, seaweed, sesame seeds), and the Volcano Roll (Crab salad, tuna, tobiko, spicy mayo, eel sauce, rice, seaweed, sesame seeds) — all of which are aptly named.
Zen is also reasonably priced; I spent $18 on seven plates and two drinks.
Out of a ten out of ten scale, with ten being the highest, this particular visit to Zen would get an overall 8/10, with the price, waitstaff and taste ranking highest and seating, and information about the food ranking lowest.
To find out more information about Zen Sushi & Bar visit their website at http://zensushibellingham.com/ or call to place and order for pick-up at (360) 734-7888