For the Ascension Day long weekend, my boyfriend and I decided to treat ourselves to Saichi Sushi‘s lunch time all-you-can-eat special. We were both craving sushi and as you probably already know, good-quality sushi at an affordable price is hard to come by in Aarhus – or rather it was. We have experimented with several sushi places across town, both high-end expensive joints and cheaper low-quality ones, and it has been difficult to find a good balance. I have come to reconcile with myself that it is just not worth paying for cold hard rice with toppings or fillings that taste of nothing but the soy and wasabi you dipped it in, so it has been a while since we last splurged on a delicious spread. I had gotten a tip from a friend that Saichi Sushi’s all-you-can-eat prices were very reasonable, and the quality was good value for money. We had to book a table for lunch and try it out!
Amazing all-you-can-eat sushi lunchtime special
The all-you-can-eat lunch special from 12-16 is 178 DKK, and in the evenings Monday – Thursday it is 218 DKK and Friday-Sunday it is 239 DKK. The interior was light and simple, and as we were there for lunch it did seem to have a more sterile feel to the place. We started with an order of Sapporo beer from Japan, and it immediately quenched our thirst on that warm day, hinting at the first days of summer.
The ordering procedure reminded me very much of those in many Asian establishments, where the patron has to mark which items they want to order on an order form, that is then collected by the staff and given to the kitchen. I was overcome by a wave of nostalgia, and began missing the years I lived in Asia and ate like this on a daily basis.
It is a good idea to order starters and the first round of sushi on the same order form, so that the chefs had time to prepare the sushi. There is only one rule – if you can’t eat what you order, you have to pay 15 DKK for each piece of sushi over three pieces left on the plate.
We began with starters of miso soup, panko shrimp, spring rolls and seafood salad. The miso soup is a favourite whenever I visit a Japanese restaurant. The umami taste of the miso is delightfully satisfying, and the seaweed and tofu are always such treats! The spring rolls had a good crispiness and meaty filling, while the panko shrimp were large and tasty. The spicy seafood salad was refreshing and reminded me of Asia again, although it could have used a bit more flavour in the dressing. I quite liked it, but I can also see that it might not be for everyone as it was cold.
We ordered several different types of sushi for the main, including: the Red Dragon and Rainbow deluxe uramakis, two salmon nigiris, two flamed salmon nigiris, two shrimp nigiris and two flash-fried tuna nigiris. It was delicious! I really wanted to order more, but we were stuffing the last pieces down, we were so full in the end.
Overall it was really a great experience to be able to eat all the fresh sushi you can eat. The service was lacking, but it wasn’t going to ruin the visit. Would definately come back!