Belt Buckling

Blue C Sushi brings high-end conveyor belt sushi to Hollywood

Sushi snobs may not like to admit it, but there's something mesmerizing about conveyor belt sushi, known in Japan as kaiten: Choosing from an endless parade of multi-colored plates as they roll by just feels like the future.

At Blue C Sushi, a Seattle-based chain that recently opened in the Hollywood Arclight complex, it doesn't get much more futuristic. Inspired by the Tokyo subway system, the room is covered in projection video screens, with two conveyor belt tracks encircling a station of sushi chefs. Those plates gliding past your table? They're each fitted with a microchip to monitor their freshness.

The standard selection of rolls and appetizers is decent–spicy tuna on rice ($7), spider rolls ($6) and a variety of nigiri ($5-8)–but the real stars are the bizarrely compelling fusion rolls developed by head chef Jeffrey Lunak and his team.

"When you free yourself from the bonds of traditional sushi you can do a lot of cool, creative stuff," says Lunak, a former disciple of chef Masaharu Morimoto.

Loaded baked potato | Caesar salad roll

That means Ceasar salad rolls ($6), filled with anchovies, romaine and wasabi Caesar dressing, rolled in pulverized croutons and Parmesan cheese. Or the Philly cheesesteak roll ($7) with sautéed beef, jalapeño, spicy mayo, caramelized onions and scallions.

We've developed a miniature obsession with the loaded baked potato gunkan ($6), a battleship-shaped lozenge of rice and potato that's wrapped in nori, then topped with sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives, bacon, caviar and bonito.

In the future, everything will be eaten in roll form.