Monday, January 10, 2011

Iki Japanese Bistro

There are two Iki in the Kits area: The main one, Iki Japanese Bistro is near Broadway and the other one, Mandala Iki Asian Bistro is on 4th Ave. Unlike the stereotypical sushi houses, Iki offers more diverse menus, authentic dishes, and unique (and daring) creations. They were also one of the pioneering restaurants offering brown rices for their sushi.

Volcano Roll
Iki Japanese Bistro on Broadway specializes in Japanese cuisine and creating unique dishes.

Iki's sushi rolls are noticeably better crafted than Mandala Iki or other average sushi restaurants. The rolls are compact, perfectly cut, and come with beautiful designs. The quality is always good and consistent. The specialty rolls such as, Spinach and Feta Roll, are pretty expensive ($7), but they were all thoughtfully out together. Especially try their Volcano Rolls which come with yam tempura fries and spiced miso sauce.

Edamame Hummus
If you are looking for something more healthy and calories conscious, Iki's also offers lots of delicious and affordable options on their daily menu such as the Power Sushi Bowl which has edamame, avocado, seaweed salad, cucumbers and other greens on a bed of brown rice for $9. My favourite is the Seared tuna, Salmon, Cashew with Chili Salad. It comes with tons of season greens and is full of flavour, fitting right into any low carb or gluten free diet.

If you are simply looking for bargain bento box deal, they have that too. The veggie box is especially delicious; they grill the tofu just right.  Their lunch special is $9 while the dinner is $12.

Do not go here when you are in a rush.  They are constantly understaffed, and it may take a while for you to get your orders.  However, the lounge music, dark wood, leather seats make it pretty ideal for a long romantic date with style and within budget.

Dennis and I regularly visits this restaurant for their salads.  You might run into us.

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