My brother lives in Eugene and had wanted to take me out for sushi while I was visiting him for the weekend from Portland, where I live. He said that we should try "Sushi Island" for lunch on W 11th before he went back to work on Monday, and before I drove back to Portland. I am an avid fan of sushi as a delicious and healthy food, but more so for the skill, grace, and training of these most specialized Chefs. The traditional and artistic aspects of the Sushi Chef are humbling and honorable, and I respect that deeply, and tip heavily after an edible artistic showing.
This being said, I experienced the worst sushi I have ever had the displeasure of eating yesterday at Sushi Island. To begin with, the fish was dry, gummy, and sparsely sliced, the primary reason why it was so dry. The sushi (rice) was mixed with to much vinegar, leaving the fish to taste bitter, and also mixed to much casing it to be gummy and textually distasteful. I ordered the first of what I had hoped would be the first of many Specialty rolls, The first of which was the "Super Rainbow Roll," unfortunately this rainbow missing many of its colorful bands. The avocado, which is traditionally part of the exterior of the roll, for those in the know, was sparse, and hidden on the inside, and the exterior of the roll was missing the white tuna, tuna, and yellowtail, this is what Sushi Island's Super Rainbow roll is supposed to contain,
Crab, avocado, cucumber. Topped w/salmon, tuna, yellowtail, white fish, shrimp, unagi, white tuna. (16pc)" (From their online menu)
One wafer thin slice of the ones they included. were stretch in an attempt to cover the rice, it didn't work, the roll was so sparse that rice (sushi) was visible between each piece. I was going to order the Spider Roll, Monster Roll, and Dragon Roll next but could not bring myself to do it after the horrendous display of the untrained sushi cook, because they were not Sushi Chef's by any stretch.
But I digress, If you want Wal-Mart quality sushi, or the kind they prepackage for convenience store coolers, then this is your place. After all you wouldn't go to McDonald's to get a quality hamburger, just like you shouldn't go here for quality sushi.
Oh. and if you consider going for their "happy hour," where all plates on the sushi-roboto are $1.50, you will find that only the plates the cooks decide to put on the belt are what you can select from, which coincidentally are already on the menu for $1.50. If you want anything from the "Belt Menu" that costs more than $1.50, you'll have to order it for full price from the "Belt Menu."
The old "bait and switch," but again I digress, what would one expect from a bait shop.