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“Mediocre, even for conveyor-belt sushi” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Kuru Kuru Sushi

Kuru Kuru Sushi
11 Bellwether Way, Ste 101, Bellingham, WA 98225-2958
360-392-8224
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Ranked #134 of 393 Restaurants in Bellingham
Cuisines: Japanese
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Mediocre, even for conveyor-belt sushi”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I've been eating sushi for over 30 years, and view Kaiten-zushi, or conveyor-belt sushi, for what it is; the fast food of the sushi world. You always have pretty low expectations but sometimes it is better than you expect.

I've tried Kuru Kuru a few times and just haven't had anything good here. The vast majority of the rolls are based around shredded Surimi, or fake crab meat. This is fine for California rolls but I really don't care for the stuff, and in the case of Kuru Kuru even the Spider Roll is packed with a huge amount of this stuff. The roll selection in general is very minimal and boring. The nigiri-zushi is even less interesting with the occasional tuna or salmon strips going by. I haven't seen any sashimi, although it can probably be ordered.

Portions are small for conveyor-belt sushi; the roll pieces are quite small and few in quantity. I'm basing my opinion after eating at literally dozens of these types of places. Prices are high too, both for the quantity and quality. Maybe the owners took their clue from the Blue C Sushi chain, who also charges higher prices, but at least the quality of their product is better.

Service always seems kind of frantic, and nobody looks like they're enjoying their job, but at least everyone tries to do what they can. The layout of the place is a bit strange and it gets a bit cramped by the window when the servers are moving around.

I kind of view this as a "my first sushi" type of place. Looking around it seemed that most people had their wasabi mud mix going, where you could have dipped a McNugget into it and it would all taste the same. I won't go into the whole concept of when you typically dip sushi, but come on people, if all you taste is your soy and wasabi mix, what is the point?

No, Bellingham hasn't had any really great sushi since Moshi Moshi closed down. But Kuru Kuru is, in my opinion, at the very lowest end of what Bellingham has to offer for sushi restaurants. Go elsewhere.

P.S. - You can always drive 45 miles south to Belt Sushi & Roll in Smokey Point (Marysville). Good selection and they're very accommodating for special orders. And reasonably priced. If they opened a restaurant in Bellingham it would be the end of Kuru Kuru.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Massachusetts
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66 reviews 66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Great for kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Not a big fan of sushi trains for a relaxing enjoyable dining experience, but the kids love it. Based solely on the food, I would return. The menu was varied, imaginative and the fish fresh which is the bottom line anyway. In and out in a flash, again, great for the little ones, but not so much for my digestion .

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Canada
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“Great Food - Staff - Atmosphere - Reasonable Pricing - Sushi Train”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Kuru Kuru is a restaurant I will visit again for sure when I am back in the Bellingham area. My eyes are glazing over just thinking about their menu!

It is one of those restaurants you can take someone to with confidence knowing that they will enjoy the experience.

Have been twice, February with my sister and early September with a good friend. The prices are reasonable, service fast and friendly. Food is fresh and well presented.

Would highly recommend the "Baked Scallop" for $3.50 Check out the pic I attached here. So good. The chopped scallop combo is placed on 3 slices of california roll type sushi and it has a Japanese style hollandaise sauce on top. Takes a few moments to prepare but worth it....

We left there full for less than $20 and enjoyed a wide variety of fresh sushi dishes.

Check out their website. They had a 10% off printable coupon we printed out and they accepted it.
Parking is free in the area but could not find a spot anywhere and then discovered there is a huge parking lot underground.

All the staff in this place were very upbeat and friendly....

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Exciting and tasty!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

It was fun seeing what came down the conveyer belt next, and, yes it was all very delicious. The only drawback was that the server kept popping up behind us asking us if we were done, I felt rushed and kind of gluttonous at one point so we just left. I would go there again though, too tasty to pass up.

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“very good sushi, laid back atmosphere, fun for all”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Kuru Kuru is kinda fun as the sushi plates are on a double tracked conveyor belt which passes just in front of your seat.The restaurant is laid out so the majority of the people sit in front of the conveyor belt while others sit at regular stand alone tables .The "trick" is to watch the BACK conveyor belt, NOT the front one, to see what you might like, and then look it up on the little plastic menu BEFORE it reaches you, as then you will have time, so you may know whether or not you might want it.If you try to watch the front conveyor belt it will pass by too fast for you to read about and you simply will not have time to choose.They have a very good selection of sushi and as well asian inspired salads and desserts.The menu as well can simply be ordered from if you do not see anything that you want on the conveyor belt.Desserts included deep fried bananas, tiramasu, cheesecake, deep fried oreo, a bunch of yummer stuff like that.Beers are the "regulars" as well as some asian beers and they have tea and sodas as well.The plates that pass by are also color coded by price, so you can also choose to select simply by picking a red plate, or a green etc., and then you know how much it costs simply by the plate color and it doesn't matter what sushi is on the plate that way. Plenty of windows light comes through, music plays in the background which was kinda annoying dance-ish techno-ish which I did not like.If you want a more formal sit down experience I would go elsewhere, if you want more casual and fun I would DEFINITELY try a visit here. Service was friendly, bathrooms clean.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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