Sushi in the food court?
I'm sorry I can't remember the name of the chain -- you know they switch them around all the time. Panda Wok or Asian Chao or something. But I saw a place in a mall food court that had typical Panda Express-style Chinese food, and also offered California rolls and some other sushi rolls.
This terrified me. I won't even get sushi in Publix, and I know that's fresh. But food court sushi?
Has anyone ever eaten it and lived to tell the tale?
My brother-in-law, who happens to be a food inspector, regularly eats in several of these chains in the malls. Well, only the ones he inspected anyway. But he has been rather pleased with the overall quality of them, this is in NJ. And he does know his fish.
Certainly you can't expect top quality - but for the average general public sushi eater - he seemed to think it was just fine. Same goes for many of the major supermarkets - decent quality, good price.
Here in Los Angeles, Sushi now is such a common item available at many non-Japanese locations. In the Century City Shopping Center their new food court/mall has "Seiki-Shi Sushi" as a tenant. There is no reason why it can't be decent, but there's a huge captive market from all those people working in all those office buildings who have almost nowhere else to go by foot. I have their menu on my desk and it has:
Nigiri - 6 choices
Sashimi - 4 choices (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, albacore)
Rolls - 14 choices
Special Rolls - 9 choices
Salads - 5 choices
Cooked Items - 10 choices (teriyaki, tempura)
They have their own Sushi Bar seating or you can take-away via tray. No I haven't tried it yet, but it's a trend you'll probably see more off.