Durham >Food & Dining > Shiki Sushi Asian Bistro
207 W Nc Highway 54, Durham, NC | Directions 2771335.910123 -78.932523
Good Sushi – The sushi is always good, but there is always a wait and it is always really loud. Overall, it's still one the the best sushi deals in the triangle!
LOVE the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sushi!! – I absolutely LOVE the Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sushi deal. Before finding Shiki 2 years ago, I had never really tried sushi because it was too expensive and I was afraid I wouldn't like it. But you can't go wrong at Shiki, everything I've tried has been delicious.
I really like eel ( which I was nervous about trying but it doesn't taste anything like what it sounds like-- it has a very pleasant sweet taste) so I switch between the Sweet Dragon Roll and the Eel Fashion Roll. They both have eel and avocado, but the Eel Fashion also has cream cheese in it.
For my second roll I always go with the Shiki Crunch roll that is topped with crunchy tempura crumbles and delicious eel sauce (a sweet, thick sauce not actually made from eel, just traditionally served along side eel dishes).
At any other sushi place I either walk away still hungry or having dropped a ton of money. At Shiki I'm full on sushi for only $12.
OVERRATED – This was my 3rd visit to this place. We were told it would be 30min for a table so we waited patiently. After seeing others arriving after us at 35min we questioned if our buzzer was working and was assured our table would be seated soon. Checked again at 50 min; same story. At 55min they realized they accidently scratched our number off and while they apologized we were not seated for another 5minutes. When we ordered, our waitress forgot to put in our appetizer order so we ended up cancelling that when our dinner arrived first. The ice tea I ordered was really warm as if they just added ice seconds before serving it and was way too sweet! The food is no better than your average Asian bistro, but more expensive. The atmoshpere is very noisy such that it is very hard to have a conversation and you leave with a headache. When trying to get our bill, it took an excessive amount of time. I am not sure what the attraction is to this place. The service is going downhill fast and I think there are better options.
pretty good! – my husband and i enjoy having our sushi dinners every once in a while and we usually come here. their sushi is quite good. their buy one get one free deal is enticing and helps, but we still end up spending too much $ b/c we want a taste of everything! other dishes are asian fusion style, not really authentic...very tasty, but portions are on smaller side and they fill up dishes with lot more veggies so you don't end up getting much of the meat or food. service has been fine. they get pretty busy, esp since expanding their restaurant, so expect to wait a bit.
V-Day experience at Shiki – First of all the hostess that was there was unprofessional and rude. I don't know what his name was but he was extremely rude and didn't know what he was doing. He was snapping at the other people at the front desk and very frazzled. We were originally told the wait was a certain time and then it was changed over and over again. Once we were sat at our table the service we received by the wait staff was great but the initial experience walking through the door was something to be desired.
Come eat here if you know how to order japanese food – If you're looking for some "teriyaki chicken" go somewhere else, there's a Japan Express right down the street. Stiffing your server just makes you look ignorant.
They call this place Shiki Sushi for a reason. It's primarily a sushi bar. The sushi is great, i love their spider special and dynamite rolls. However the entrees on the menu are usually just okay. In order to get a good dish there you really have to tell your server "If i was Japanese, that's how I'd like my food." They tone down most of their dishes for the American palliate. The menu is big enough that you can get lost in the less desirable dishes and end up with something just okay, make sure to ask your server for their suggestions. The red curry is my brother's favorite, he gets that practically weekly.
Great Sushi – I love this place, it has been recently rennovated and expaneded. The sushi is always fresh & tastey!
not a date option – While the food and value is good, I would not recommend this as a date option. I just called and was told they do not take reservations unless you have a larger party. I asked what size is that... they only take reservations for parties of 7 or more! That's just crazy. Having to wait in line for a 'first come, first served basis' makes this restaurant a non-option for those that want dinner before another event.
Eat here if you're not an idiot – I see a lot of people give this place pretty bad reviews based on their reactions to receiving their checks. OF COURSE YOU'LL BE CHARGED FOR THE MOST EXPENSIVE SUSHI YOU ORDER. All buy 1 get 1 free deals in history charge you for equal or less value. Do you really think they'll ring up your $3.95 nigiri and not your $13 roll? Don't be dumb.
The sushi is good for what it is. It's cheap, it's quick, it's fairly tasty. The salmon is probably the best, the white tuna (which isn't actually white tuna, it's butterfish, but this is beside the point). A chirashi don there is a pretty great deal. Tons of fish, more than a sashimi deluxe, and it's like $15. The rolls there are what I'd recommend eating though if you're any bit of a sushi snob. Once stuff is cooked, covered in different sauces, etc, everything is pretty good. The rolls here are on the small side so eating 2 to 3 of them per person is a reality.
The kitchen food (anything off the other menu) is why I love shiki. It's AMAZING. Everything i've tried there has been awesome. The pho is really good, which is surprising, but then not really because it's owned and operated largely by vietnamese people (including the head kitchen chef). The noodle dishes sort of tend to be hard to discern from eachother (pad see yew vs drunken noodles, for instance) but that's okay because it's all delicious.
The appetizers, don't miss those. Best calamari I've had anywhere. Chicken lettuce wraps are great, too.
Oh OH last thing, the best thing on the menu is definitely panang curry. Hands down favorite. I ate it like, for a week straight. So pretty much I'd give this place 3 stars for sushi because I'm a spoiled brat and highly judgemental when it comes to quality and presentation, but a 5 for the other food. The atmosphere is pretty chill, too, and they have drink specials like every day of the week that are also bangin.
great price, good food selection, try the sparkling SAKI – Wow i just went to shiki last night i thought it was a great eating experience( great price and Food). I want everyone to know that they have Japanese food (hibachi), Chinese food like(orange chicken), and Thai food (panang curry, Thai spicy basil). Nice decor inside, great for date night or bring in the family. With new management in place this restaurant is a great addition within 1 mile of south point mall.
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