How many cliche ways can we start this post?
“derryX invades Sushi X”
I have been anticipating the arrival of Sushi X, an all you can eat sushi experience located at 710 New Loudon Road (route 9) in Latham, NY, for a while. It has been touted as formidable competition for Nikko Sushi Buffet in Colonie. I went for a dinner with my good buddy, Rory (and, yes, I can eat sushi outside of the #MissionSushi project, and I did.).
When I walked in, I saw things I was never expecting. Purple neon lights, a full service bar, nice tables. And why wasn’t I expecting this? Because I refused to read anything about this place before going. I was expecting a clone of Nikko; this was the exact opposite.
The service is waited, and you order just like at a restaurant. Well…not exactly…
You get these menu sheets, and you fill them out with everything you want to eat. But there’s a caveat, and we’ll get to it later.
I ordered some appetizers and some sushi. I even took a picture of the sheet with rolls that I got, so I can remember.
…and the food just keeps coming out…
The last part of the contents of this sign was covered on a recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, so I’m not going to touch the matter of sharing all-you-can-eat diners’ food with menu diners’ food. But, since I was getting full, that sign kept getting realer and realer. It really got real for Rory, who had ordered much more than I did.
I guess I should go back and comment on the food. Everything was pretty standard. The rock shrimp stood out as something special. They were breaded, fried, and tossed in sriracha and Japanese mayonnaise sauce. I also tried red snapper sushi for the first time. It was “very tasty” (QUICK: name the movie). They had mango sushi, and I naturally had to check it out.
The rolls were pretty good. The X Roll, what should have been my signature roll (wink wink), was probably the worst of what I ordered. It was deep fried until the fish was totally cooked, which I didn’t really like. The crazy tuna roll was awesome.
It was at this point that I had to rub it in to Rory a little. He was clearly full, but pushing down the last few bites of sushi. He had about a half of a plate of edamame that were untouched, and I kept taunting him about it. I was certain he was going to have to pay for half of an edamame order.
Now, the beauty of this place is that you can order as many times as you want. So they will give you another set of forms when you are ready. While Rory was fighting those edamame, I got an appetizer form and ordered more rock shrimp. Those were so good.
After I finished gorging on sushi and appetizers, I even had ice cream. I picked ginger and mango.
The ginger was definitely ginger. It pretty much smacks you in the face as hard as you can take it. The mango was much more mild and delicious.
We got our check, conveniently with the tip build in.
It turns out our server’s name was Tinfanny all along. Who knew?
$25.265 is not bad for the opportunity to order an entire kitchen worth of food if you want…
…just make sure you finish everything you order because I think they’re gonna charge you if you don’t.