This article was original published at Maastricht Region: to Live.
Sushi must be pretty popular in Maastricht and it seems like every Asian restaurant from Chinese to Thai has the delicacy on its menu; and at a variety of price points. Personally, when I go out for sushi, I always choose to eat it at a Japanese restaurant. As for price, the best deal we’ve found for a nice evening meal or a special weekend lunch, is the all-you-can-eat menus found at both Sashimi (off the Vrijthof) and Kaishu (near the VVV).
Coming from Boston I was initially a little nervous about an all-you-can-eat option. Generally in the US that would mean a buffet and buffets are rarely as fresh as you’d like. Fortunately these menus are more like an a la carte menu where you get to pick your preferred rolls and nigiri in a series of “rounds” for a set price. All the restaurants ask is that you eat what you order. If you ask for more than you can consume, you may end up paying for it.
The first all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant we tried in Maastricht is Kaishu, which offers dinner for €23-25 (slightly less Monday – Thursday) and lunch for €16,50 daily. In addition to a fine selection of rolls and nigiri, they also offer a nice mix of tempura and other cooked items as part of the all-you-can-eat menu. Kaishu offers more rounds in their all-you-can-eat option, but I’ve personally never made it past three. You can learn more by visiting their website or reading my review.
Our current favorite option is Sashimi, which has a slightly more modern ambiance and, in my opinion, superior rice. Their sushi menu is a bit more extensive and includes more handrolls and many cooked items in addition to rolls and nigiri. Actual sashimi (raw fish without rice) costs extra. Lunch will run you €16,50 and dinner costs €23. The available rounds vary by whether you’re eating lunch or dinner, but the dinner menu has more choices. You can learn more by reading my review (unfortunately I couldn’t find a website).
Of course if you’re looking for sushi that isn’t of the all-you-can-eat variety, that is available as well. In addition to the aforementioned offerings at many Chinese and Thai restaurants, budgets diners can look out for Sushi-ya, a sushi take-away which I haven’t tried. For the high-end diner, Kobe Restaurant offers a traditional a la carte sushi and teppenyaki menus. Do you have a favorite sushi restaurant in Maastricht or the surrounding region? Please share it in the comments.