New Downtown Brooklyn restaurant uses robots to help prepare sushi rolls

October 4, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Bigeye Sushi, a sushi restaurant at 2 MetroTech Center that opened on Wednesday, will be using “sushi robots” to prepare food.

A spokesperson for the restaurant told Eater that chefs will slice the fish by hand and be present behind the counter. However, the robots, which can produce 400 sushi rolls per hour, will combine the ingredients into rolls. 

The machines are made by a Japanese company called Suzumo, Eater reported. Sushi rice gets loaded into a hopper at the top of the device. From there, a sheet of nori, or seaweed, gets placed in a tray that resembles a paper tray in a printer. The robot device then seals everything together in a roll. 

To some people, according to Eater, “The mere concept of a sushi robot seems to contradict the handcrafted nature of what sushi really is.”

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The restaurant spokesperson, however, says the process eliminates the need to keep sushi pre-made and refrigerated.

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