Written & Photographed by Peter Martinez, Mohamed Hasan, Awad Alkhaldi & Mario Arana
All you can eat sushi may sound good, but a miscalculated amount of monumental food can have a detrimental effect on your stomach. We found this out at Miyako Sushi Bar in North Hollywood.
We got there early, and we managed 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.
"All you can eat sushi may sound good, but a miscalculated amount of monumental food can have a detrimental effect on your stomach."
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).
"I was in the rush to finish it and couldn't wait for the next plate."
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.
Baked Volcano Roll
"As we were eating, we quickly came to realize that the first round was way too much for us to handle."
As we were eating, we 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 would eat what plate since we were all getting quite full. Unfortunately, I was the second one to give up, with Awad being first to fall. Mohamed and Peter ate most of the rolls - 50 each by themselves!
"At first, the experience seemed like something we could easily conquer together. However, we quickly became overwhelmed when we attempted to 'walk the walk'."
At first, the experience seemed like something we could easily conquer together. However, we quickly became overwhelmed when we attempted to “walk the walk”. It seemed like we were more impressed by our nerve to order so much sushi anticipating that their size shows no threat to our appetite, but we were wrong. One round and 124 rolls late, 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 three rounds!
Miyako Sushi Bar 5001 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601