Eating Out West Midlands

Review: Kyoto Sushi & Grill, Birmingham

8th August 2015

Kyoto Sushi & Grill is a relatively new restaurant in the Arcadian Centre in Birmingham. It brings an ‘all you can eat’ sushi concept, now I liked the sound of that, but is it quantity over quality?

The way it works: You get a two hour time slot, and order your food in ’rounds’. In each round you can order 5 things per person. You can then keep going until you’re full.

The catch: they have a ‘waste’ policy, so don’t let it be a case of you eyes being bigger than your stomach, as you will literally ‘pay’ a penalty! For two hungry food bloggers who most likely suffer just this ailment, this was a little worrying – we wanted to try everything!

The decor isn’t really to my tastes – harsh red and blacks, but its functional. Our waiter was great and fully explained the ordering system to us before we started, it could have been a bit complex if not!


Over the course of the next 2 hours we tried a selection of the sushi:

  • Salmon, Tuna, Seabass and Bean Curd Nigiri
  • Calafornia, Tuna & Salmon Rolls
  • Salmon and Tuna Handrolls






And some things from the hot section & grill:

  • Pork Gyoza
  • Sweet Chilli Prawns
  • Tempura Shrimp & Crab Sticks
  • Beef Rolls
  • Beef Udon Soup
  • Miso Soup
  • Chicken Yakatori
  • Fried Rice






Overall I probably preferred the sushi selection to the hot food. It wasn’t the best sushi I’ve had but it seemed very fresh and was made well. I really didn’t like my udon soup very much – the beef was chewy and bland and the broth was greasy and also bland. The chicken skewers were very nice – tender well cooked meat and a tangy sauce. The tempura batter was light and crispy on the shrimp and crab. I enjoyed the flavour and filling of the gyoza but also found them a tad greasy. The fried rice was tasty and well made. I found all the hot food under seasoned but then I guess thats what all the little dishes of soy are for!

I would go back to Kyoto – particularly to eat the sushi. The price point of between £19-21 a head in the evening depending on the day is reasonable and for the amount you could order, you could make it excellent value. I didn’t like as much as Sushi Passion, in the Great Western Arcade, but a half decent addition to the dining scene in Brum.

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Disclosure: We paid in full for our meal

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  • Reply Kavey 8th August 2015 at 15:19

    Oh interesting place. I always wonder with the places that only allow you to order a certain number of dishes per round, how much your experience is affected by how busy the kitchen is and therefore how fast they get one round out to you and you are then able to order another.

    We have a newish restaurant locally which have an a la carte menu but everything is half price at lunch time which makes it approximately £15-20 a head for a huge feast, including soft drink or tea. Their food is better than I expected and we now end up going regularly!

    • Reply the foodie couple 8th August 2015 at 16:09

      Yes that’s a very good point. They were quite quick, but they also weren’t that busy. The one near you sounds like a good find!

  • Reply positivefridays 8th August 2015 at 15:57

    A slightly bizarre system there! I find sushi quite filling so I’m not sure it would work for me, I probably wouldn’t get my money’s worth.

  • Reply recipesfromapantry 9th August 2015 at 07:51

    Pity I don’t live in the area as this place sounds great.

  • Reply Elizabeth 10th August 2015 at 13:17

    Looks like a fab place – such a variety of tempting dishes!

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