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.

 

Ginko Sushi, Strassen, Luxembourg

Sundays’re calling sushi during summer time, so last Sunday, after a small walk in town and a drink at Go Ten, with a couple of friends we decided to book a table at Ginko Sushi in Strassen. We called the restaurant and, as the weather was really nice, we requested for a table on the terrace. The lady on the phone was very nice as she told us that the terrace at Ginko is directly on the street but they have a better terrace in the restaurant just next door – Le Zai – and she would have booked for us there.

Indeed Le Zai and Ginko are in the same parking lot and shared the same owner. As atmosphere, I have to say Le Zai looks definitely better but you can order Ginko menu as well there.

The terrace was lovely – with all these red lamps around – but the interior design was also impressive. We received all the menus – the one from Le Zai, the one for Ginko as well as the seasonal menu – and ordered a first round of drinks – Asahi beers and Diet Coke.

The decision concerning food takes quite long time, but we managed to get to a conclusion. All of us ordered three type of rolls (I had rolls with foie gras, rolls with lobster and dragon fruit and rolls with sea bass and avocado) and I ordered as well a miso soup (yes, soups are addictive for me, more or less like chips).

Our order was anticipated by a small starter of the house – two nems veggie rolls.

To conclude the dinner, M. ordered a sake while K. and I went for Chinese tea.

Pictures – Impressions are next.

What I liked about Ginko Sushi / Le Zai:

  • The atmosphere is lovely – the terrace is very nice as well as the interior design, perfect for a girls night out, family dinner, romantic date, even a business meeting. Details and decorations are just perfectly in place without being cheesy.
  • Service is great – but not formal: even if we took some time to order, the lady waited patiently for us. She was really available to reply to our questions and to explain dishes.
  • The figs / foie gras rolls were to die for and the lobster rolls were pretty good, would ordered both again. I also like the fact we had several “freebies”, like the tasty rolls at the beginning and the fried vegetables to accompany the sushi – bit melted but still good.
  • Price is fair: we did not drink much (only M. had beers, while me and K during the dinner had water and coke and tea) but still, having sushi, we spent “only” 34 eur each, not much in terms of Luxembourg standards.

What I liked a bit less about Ginko / Le Zai:

  • There is too much choice on the sushi menu for me. While this might be a nice thing for some, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed in terms of decision, above all as the mixed platter were very simple while out of the composed menus you have much more choice. Again, points of view.
  • I also did not like much my sea bass / avocado roll: the lady came saying they did not have more sea bass, so she proposed to change it with tuna (actually mine was half tuna and half salmon) and I did not think it was a good choice. Also M. pointed out he did not enjoy at all his California sushi as the tempura was icy cold – so feedbacks on the food were quite mixed.

In conclusion: the location and the service at Ginko / Le Zai are really nice and the final bill came out fair. The sushi menu is very extensive – too much for my taste – but still pretty good. Looking forward to come back and try as well the Chinese alternative.