Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar in Boca Raton: A Revolving Sushi Bar, Tatami Room, and More
Sushi joints are a dime a dozen in South Florida, even in Boca Raton, where kosher delis and Italian restaurants seem to hold sway. It takes a bit of creative leverage to stand apart from the sea of places following the standard sushi-Thai model.
Tricia Woolfenden Clever T-shirt slogans and a revolving bar of sushi await at Boca's Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar.
"Everything's so Americanized (in South Florida). We wanted to do something more authentic," said Lixii Sun, general manager for Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar, which opened late last year in Boca Raton.
The centerpiece for the business is a sushi bar encircled by a revolving kaiten zushi "conveyor belt" of floating dishes. Sushi rolls, sashimi, dim sum, and small bites float by on little boats and diners grab whatever they fancy. The cost is calculated using a color-coded system of plates (red plates are $4, yellow plates are $7, and so on) and the staff maintains freshness by dumping any unsold dishes every 20 minutes.
via Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar's Facebook Ninja's version of a Japanese bagel roll.
The concept, based on a Japanese fast-food model, is popular in California and New York, but has yet to make a wave in South Florida.
"We're offering a modern, sexy twist to the Japanese fast food approach," Sun said.
If the team behind Ninja seems familiar, it's because they also own Yakitori Sake House (271 SE Mizner Blvd.), located in Royal Palm Place, just a stone's throw from Ninja. That restaurant is equipped with a traditional yakitori grill, sushi bar, and a sake bar. Sun said the two concepts are different enough that they won't cannibalize one another's business. Where Yakitori is more upscale and traditional, Ninja offers a cheeky take on dining out with a "lower price point."
Tricia Woolfenden Color-coded plates -- seen on the wall in the background -- denote price.