Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sushi Cruise - Claremont

Sushi Cruise
962 W Foothill Blvd
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 398-4415
Type: sushi / japanese food / all-you-can-eat

I heard my friends talking about going to some all-you-can-eat sushi place. They said it was fun with $1 sake shots, and they were flirting with the waitress and all that. How was I left out of this trip? Next time they went, I made sure I was with there.

The place they went to was called Sushi Cruise in the city of Claremont near Upland and the 210 freeway. The place outside looks like a big boat-- hence the name. I was pretty excited and hungry when we got there. If you want the all-you-can-eat deal, fork over $24.95 plus tax, drinks, and other stuff. The way it works is that you get 3 rounds of ordering. You can order as much as you want in any single round but you gotta finish it, or do a great job of hiding it. The items in the deal aren't all the items they have on their full menu. I wanted some rolls that weren't part of it, but oh well.

can you read it?

Aight. So good thing the dynamite appetizer is on the list. That one wasn't bad. I ordered two by the end of the night.

dynamite appetizer.

The rainbow roll was not great. I think the hard rice killed it. It wasn't like uncooked-rice-hard. But it was noticeable for a sushi roll fanatic like myself. By the way, I just noticed I haven't been explaining what the rolls consist of. Tough luck. I'm too lazy to explain every single time. Go to Wikipedia and look it up.

Rainbow Roll. No thank you.

The green mussels were whatevers. I had better at Joe's Sushi in Lakewood.

green mussels.

The Pizza Roll had baked scallops and mayo on top of a California Roll. Rice was supbar again. That was the theme for the rolls and sushi for the night. I wasn't feeling it. It looked really good when it came to the table, but forget about it.

Pizza Roll??? looks can be deceiving

The spider roll was good. I don't know if the picture below is it, but it was cool. I think this one missed the hard rice batch.

could be the Spider Roll

I ordered the usual three sushis: salmon, yellowtail, and albacore. They were decent, but again, the rice was just messing up the flow of things.

salmon, albacore, and yellowtail sushis

The Volcano Roll sounded good. I usually order that roll wherever I go. It's either that or Dynamite Rolls, or both. This one I gave an "eh" rating. It was just not close to what I expected or wanted. Plus, I had to eat most of it cuz nobody wanted any more-- which made me hate it even more.

from front to back: Volcano Roll? Spider Roll, 2 hand rolls, my friend's elbow. bad manners Bub.

So that's all the pics I took. I think I got some miso soup too. As for the drinking, the sake shots or bombs are only a dollar or two during their Happy Hours which you'll have to call them for. I think we had to pay full price for them this time.

This place was probably one of the not-so-great all-you-can-eat sushi places I've been to. It's on par with one I had in Fountain Valley or something off Magnolia and the 405. I found the quality of most of their stuff 2nd rate. The rice made it worse, but that can be overlooked. If you're not picky I guess it's a cool spot. I definitely wouldn't want to come here only to eat. So the next time my friends are going to Sushi Cruise to hang out, will I be there? Hmmm. Maybe. Maybe not. I don't know. We'll see.


Kelvin said...

Sushi Cruise, imho, is the biggest rip off ever. Sorry you've to gone through those bad food man.

Another place try to avoid, is Kiku Sushi in Monrovia. $28ish for AYCE... my friend said it's totally worth it, but sadly I digress. It's be interesting to see your review.

Glad that you enjoyed Jubei, I'll say they are -the- best around here locally. I haven't had a chance to try Sushi Koyo which is also highly ranked by others. Kyala is so-so, I anticipated better but was disappointed.

I live in Walnut, so I just found out your blog cuz of all the restaurant name that's local to me :-)

keep up to good work!

Jim said...

yeah. I actually went there another time for a birthday. I still wouldn't recommend the place unless you don't care about quality.

Jim said...

...oh. I didn't really enjoy Jubei at the time. I wasn't into the raw stuff yet. But I'm willing to give it another try.

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