Written & Photographed by Peter Martinez, Mohamed Hasan, Awad Alkhaldi & Mario Arana
All you can eat may sound overwhelming, but a miscalculated amount of monumental proportions of loaded plates of food can have a detrimental effect on your stomach. As we roll around the street side, we encounter the hidden Miyako Sushi Bar with plenty of street parking. We got there early, and we managed not to starve ourselves for another 20 minutes while waiting for our fourth participant to arrive. Entering the place at first was confusing because the front counter said it was a Chinese restaurant then pointed towards a hallway which was the sushi bar next room ahead. The setting was dark with dark finishes all around. Light bulbs where hanging over the ceiling and the place was vacant except for two or three guests.
The waiter handed us a simple page listing all our options with the limit of three rounds. What surprised us was the huge variety of sushi that we were able to choose from- and so the hunger games began. We went wild! Our first round included: x1 miso soup, x3 egg rolls, x1 albacore(2-pc), x1 yellowtail (2-pc), x2 octopus (2-pc), x2 Salmon egg (2-pc), x3 California Roll (8-pc), x3 Shrimp Roll (8-pc), x1 California Tempura (8-pc), x2 Dragon roll (8-pc), x3 Baked Volcano Roll (8-pc), and finally x2 Dynamite Roll (8-pc).
The first plate was beautifully made with elegant presentation. The dragon roll especially was well presented with eight rolls neatly placed together and the avocado cut and place perfectly over the salmon. The next favorite plate was the California tempura which looked even more appetizing. The crab and avocado were neatly placed inside the rice. The warm taste of the deep-fried tempura made the sushi sparkle more with flavor. I was in a rush to finish it and couldn’t wait for the next plate. The tempura just made it so much better, too bad we only ordered one.
Two Piece White – Breast and Wing w/ Baked Bean and Mac & Cheese
As we were eating, Peter, Mohamed, Awad and I quickly came to realize that the first round was way too much for us to handle. We realized we were at 124 rolls and that’s when the hunger games really started to kick in. We complained and fought over who will eat what plate since we were all getting quite full. Unfortunately, I was the second one to the come up short as I gave up quickly, with Awad being first to fall. Mohamed and Peter ate most of the roles.
Overall, the experience at first seemed like something we could easily conquer together. However, we were a bit overwhelmed when we attempted to “walk the walk”. It seemed like we were more impressed by our nerve to order so much sushi. One round and 124 roles later and we were left full, satisfied, and begging to leave and never put ourselves through this nightmare again. It was a mixture between overconfidence and overestimating the sizes of our small stomachs. We would love to go back at full strength ready to tackle all 3 rounds! (hopefully).
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