Review: Kyojin, Mason (Lunch)

It’s a well-known fact that I hate buffets.  I really don’t like Las Vegas-style buffets.  Indian buffets I tolerate, since they’re often the only Indian lunch option I have.  Breakfast buffets, unless it’s one like the one at Orchid’s, are really not my cup of tea.  Sushi just never seems like something that would be good in a buffet, but my coworkers all told me that I absolutely NEEDED to go to Kyojin for sushi.

So, when my good friend Carla asked me to lunch, I suggested Kyojin. Correction: I suggested Kyoto, but thought I suggested Kyojin. I hear Kyoto is good and all, but it’s farther from my office and I had a limited amount of time, so Carla was a doll and drove to Kyojin.

Kyojin has a multi-level buffet: you can get sushi, or you can get traditional Japanese dishes like gyoza or udon, or you can get a bit of both.  We chose simply sushi.

The place has its strengths and weaknesses– the nigiri sushi (fish, shrimp, etc. in slices on top of a small mound of rice) isn’t fantastic– they serve it, but it is not high quality product, which I don’t think anyone could expect for a lunch price of $9.95. Their strengths are some pretty creative rolls, seaweed and seafood salads, and the like. The thing I tend to not like about buffets, and what I am not comfortable with about sushi buffets in particular, is the fact that things just sit there.  I made sure to grab sushi rolls that were being refreshed frequently, and this was a safe bet (part of the reason, I think, that the nigiri doesn’t do so well is that no one was eating it, so they weren’t making the investment in top quality fish).   They had great spicy tuna rolls, the traditional California rolls, dragon rolls– you get the idea.  All were good and fresh (again, watch to see what is being made often) and a great deal at 9.95.  I’m not sure I’d do this for dinner– simply because I prefer to be served at dinner and am not in the time crunch (generally) that I am at lunch.


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