It was the last night of the cruise and We decided to try out the a-la-carte sushi offered by NCL at the Bamboo restaurant. We had eaten sushi at the Asian themed specialty restaurant aboard previous Norwegian cruises before when it was all-you-can-eat. It was decent but not great. Now that it has been changed to a-la-carte, and the prices being similar to a typical sushi restaurant, we thought perhaps the quality and taste have improved. The assumptions were wrong. We ordered the Ruby and the Diamond Sushi and Sashimi combos ($12 each). The sushi rolls were unoriginal and tasteless, and the tuna sashimi was not exactly the fresh catch of the day as it had a fishy taste. The quality and the taste reminded of the ones we've eaten from a typical $10-a-person Asian buffet restaurant. But unfortunately this dinner came with just the crappy sushi and none of the other stuff offered by the typical Asian buffet.
We asked for a Kid's Menu, which is a specialty restaurant variety that costs $7.50, for our 1 1/2-year-old son. The food from that menu tasted decent at least from the few bites we took. The tapioca dessert shared by all 3 of us from that menu was the highlight of the entire dinner.
I cannot recommend the sushi on Norwegian Cruise Line to anyone. I don't want to sound picky but compared to the quality of the other specialty restaurants on-board, the sushi was just way below par. They could benefit vastly from having a real Japanese chef design the menu and rolls, and properly train the cooks. Either do that or just shut it down. The Shabu Shabu experience we had with NCL was much superior than this, and that option is no longer available.
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