Located at the intersection of Belmont, Ashland and Lincoln Avenues, this hotspot for sushi enthusiasts draws a crowd nearly every night. Though "noodles" have a headlining role in the restaurant's title, it's the sushi that draws people in, and more specifically, the sushi buffet: an all-you-can-eat meal deal, with choices from 40 varieties of freshly made sushi rolls for only $13.95 a person.
Though the front area isn't exactly the most impressive space in town, with just a few tables and a stairwell, the atmosphere gets a little more inviting once you follow the long hallway to the back of the restaurant. With a long line of booths lit by their own individual globe lights and walls decorated on both sides with snapshots from other happy diners, it's a perfect environment for a fun date or a group outing. Complimentary miso soup is brought out with your water and you're free to order anything a la carteóbut why would you? The buffet features 40 maki rolls, ranging from the typical Kappa (cucumber) and Spider (soft shell crab, avocado, masago, cucumber) to the eccentric North Carolina (sweet potato tempura, cream cheese, green onion) and Mexico (tuna, cilantro, jalapeno, cucumber). Hawaii maki is perhaps the most unusual (mixing shrimp tempura, cucumber and pineapple), but none of the rolls are lacking in flavor or design. In other words, these aren't rice-heavy rolls just designed to fill you up.
Just remember the detailed rules: There must be at least two people present to order the buffet. Each orderer must select two rolls at a time. Your plate has to be cleared before you order the next batch. And any leftovers will result in a $5 penalty. Though the rules seem strict, I didn't see anyone getting charged for a single leftover, and we ordered a second round before finishing our first.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Zach Freeman