Sushi Lovers, Gare, Luxembourg

Sunday is one of the night I go out most for easy dinners, those that don’t request to dress up and where you basically try to recover from a week-end floating in Gin – well, me at least.

So couple of Sundays ago we decided to try Sushi Lovers, an all you can eat Japanese / Asian restaurant, located near Place de Paris. We did not reserve: the place was quite full but there were still several tables available.

The nice thing about this restaurant is that you are allocated one I-pad per table and you do you order directly from there – it is straight forward and also funny I would say. You can order how many times you want for meal, maximum 5 items per person per order in the evening. At least 15 minutes should pass between orders. It seems complicated but it is not at all: the time and the orders are clearly displayed on the I-pad, as well as each item on the menu has nice pictures.

The menu includes several different choices: from sushi to Chinese dishes as well as dessert. Everything is included in the all-you-can-eat price (23,8 Eur per person) except very few items that have a supplement.

We ordered 5 times in total, including dessert. Only one order was just sushi while others included as well Chinese and Asian dishes. As dessert, the choice is relatively limited and we went for ice cream (all the flavors 😛 ) and fruit salad.

Enjoy some pictures followed by my impressions.


What I liked about Sushi Lovers:

  • Let’s be honest: if you pay 23 eur for eating whatever you want, including fish and meat, you cannot expect to have Michelin star food. Anyway, compared to the others all-you-can-eat I tried so far, the quality of the food at Sushi Lovers was decent on average. There were great dishes: the fried duck was OMG, the Kimchi was also pretty good and I liked the grilled Japanese rolls.
  • The ambience is nice, very informal, and the Ipad formula creates a nice atmosphere at the table. It is a lovely idea for me, not mentioning the fact you have quite realistic pictures of the dishes on the tablet, so you have already an idea of what to expect.
  • With 32 Eur including drinks, you have an inexpensive and rather fine and various dinner, including small portions of several things. If you are on a budget, this is not that bad for Luxembourg standards.

What I liked a bit less about Sushi Lovers:

  • As per above, the quality of the food was in average sufficient. There were anyway some great dishes I mentioned, as well as some dishes that were honestly awful. The steamed ravioli was one of them – their taste was between plastic and floor cleanser. All the chicken dishes were undercooked, with the center more pink than white.
  • Notwithstanding the name, if you come here for the sushi, you might be disappointed. Definitely not the best sushi you can have in town and fish quality not amazing.
  • Service is basically not existing: you order from the tablet, so no interaction with the waiters, but you expect at least someone to come and check for your drinks – as they are not listed in the I-pad menu. There is a: “call for service” button on the I-pad, but even through I pressed it several times (trust me, several) nobody came and I had to go back to the counter in the main room to order some more water.

In conclusion: If you are on a budget and you don’t have high expectations, Sushi Lovers is a fine all-you-can eat in town. It is perfect for a night out with friends, as the formula with the order via tablet is quite playful. The fried duck was definitely the dish I would order again.

 

Sushi Train, Petange, Luxembourg

While I am normally a very easy going person concerning food – basically I can eat everything -, there are couple of things I am not extremely a fan of. First, all you can eat buffet (except when I am hangover). Second, non-authentic restaurants.

So, when I want to eat some good Japanese food in Luxembourg city, my options are very restricted by the two conditions above as, with some pricey exceptions, most of the Japanese in Luxembourg – those opened in the last couple of years at least – are managed by Chinese and are everything but authentic.

On Monday night I was craving some sushi and my “usual” places were closed, so we decided to head to Sushi Train in Petange, around 20 minutes from the city centre, after I read some very nice review on Luxembourg Foodies forum on Facebook.

The restaurant is located in the very city center of Petange and has some modern, not cheesy decor. You can decided to eat at the table or at the sushi train – we went for the latter.

The sushi train option includes as well a miso soup to start with. Alternatives on the sushi train are extremely various: from standard nigiri and sushi, different California and tempura rolls, tuna, salmon, sashimi, soya rolls, fruit rolls, various kind of salads. You have a lot to choose among and if you are not just into sushi, there were as well couple of dishes with noodles, fried calamari and grilled pork, even if they are very limited.

The train included as well as fruit salads and some dessert options.

I did not take pictures of everything I had (I had a lot LOL) but you can still find some shots followed by my comments about the restaurant below.

What I liked about Sushi Train:

  • Compared to other sushi train I have been, there are a lot more options: my favorite pieces were those that mixed fruits and fish and the big rolls with salmon, avocado and cream cheese.
  • Sushi is prepared with care just in front of you, the quantity of rice is proportionated to the one of fish and the taste is very good.
  • The sushi train option costs 23.5 euro per person. We had two beers, two glasses of wine, some water and two coffee and the total bill got to 70 euro. Definitely very cheap for what you eat.

What I liked a bit less about Sushi Train:

  • When you sit down at the sushi train, you are not given any menu neither drink card. We had to ask about how the train was working (in some restaurant you pay per dish) and we just ordered our drinks without knowing the options. I think that a drink menu, even at the train, would be highly appreciated.
  • The place is really calm and while it is nice and cozy, if you are looking for anything poshy this is not an option.

To sum up: Sushi Train was a nice discovery and I agreed with other reviews I read around: sushi is better than most of the one you have in Luxembourg city and the price is very cheap. It is perfect for an informal dinner during the week.