Completely Satisfied, Completely Stuffed.
We used a coupon we'd downloaded from the internet. The staff was warm, not only to our using the coupon, but also towards us, guiding us expertly through the menu and giving suggestions as to how best to apply our 30% discount. My husband and I sat at the bar, and the sushi artists (what else can you call them?) greeted us and gave suggestions of their favorites.
As for the food itself, it was awesome. Great miso soup, excellent sushi rolls (our favorites: Big Mouth, Bayou and Arctic Rolls). Top it off with tempura cheesecake and a couple of mochi, and you'll be loving it. Highly recommend Sekisui Pacific Rim on Clayton!
Almost Great. My fiance and I recently moved to University City after several years in Chicago where he frequently enjoyed great sushi. Around 6:30 last (Sunday) night we decided to give Sekisui a go. We found the atmosphere comfortable and relaxing. I was very pleased with the variety of vegetarian options available and he was intrigued with their well advertised "all you can eat" sushi offer. We inquired with the waitress about the details of the offer, and she informed us that you could place orders for that no later than 7:00 pm, can order up to 8 items (equal to 3 rolls) at a time and are charged $1 for every uneaten item. The price listed on the front of the menu she handed us was $15. Even though he'd only be able to make one order, we quickly determined that it would be worth it to get four rolls for $15. We were both pleased with our meals (though he was given 2 of the same roll instead of the 4 distinct rolls he ordered, which we let slide). When the bill came, we noticed that the "all you can eat" sushi meal was priced at $25. When we questioned our waitress on the difference, she informed us that $15 was the lunch price, to which we pointed out that for the 4 rolls he'd eaten, it certainly hadn't been worth it. Her response was "sorry." Though it was a misunderstanding on our part (we suppose), we think it might have been appropriate for her to suggest that the "all you can eat" option was perhaps not the best deal at 6:40 pm when we'd only have the opportunity to order 4 rolls at the most. I expected her to offer to let us pay the fair menu price for the 4 rolls that he ate, which would have been $18 - she did not. Up until the end, this had been a very good experience at a very reasonable price (with or without the "all you can eat" option), but the poor customer service when in came to the bill left a bad taste in our mouths. I'm sorry to say, we probably won't be back.
Barely ok.. I took my girlfriend to Sekisui for a Christmas present, but when we arrived we were a little startled by how dirty it was. We aren't usually picky about that sort of thing, but it was a little unnerving. We sat ourselves at a table and were greated by our waitress. We placed our orders and promptly recieved our Miso Soup, it was great! We really looked forward to the sushi, as it is one of our favorite foods, and it appeared to be pretty decent. We bit into it and it was very bland. we ordered four different types of sushi, all very different, and couldn't really tell a difference in taste. One of the raw fishes was warm and had a very bad texture. The waitress gave us our food and kept our glasses full, but she had a very cold attitude, we could easily tell she didn't want to be there. So if you want a good bowl of miso soup, come here, but if you want sushi, I've had better at all-you-can-eat buffetts.
Reply to Valentine's Day Cheapskates.
I am a frequent customer of Sekisui Pacific Rim and I am in no way affiliated with that business, but I would like to provide a rebuttal to the previous negative posting.
First of all, very few restaurants accept 50% off coupons on any holiday. Many places provide special diners for couples, but at a price at least three times higher than your $20 complaint. You let a silly argument over $10 ruin your Valentines Day. The people at Sekisui did nothing to you, but you have decided to write a potentially damaging review about their business and I hope people who read your review find your complaint as stupid as I do. I personally do not have a lot of money to go around, which is one of the reasons that I do go to Sekisui. Their prices are very reasonable and they serve FRESH good sized portions.
Second, It is a shame that your Valentines Day was less than perfect, but before you went to Sekisui, you were already mad about waiting for your flowers allday, and never receiving them. Needless to say, the flower company screwed you over, and since the people at Sekisui did not meet all your demands, I think it would be fair to say you took your anger out on your server, who is just trying to make a living like the rest of us.
Third, the only posts that "thrashingunagi" has made are negative. You wrote that the restaurant is trendy, as if that is a bad thing???
One Final Note: I have eaten sushi all over the country, from New York to California, and Sekisui Pacific Rim is a great sushi restaurant.
Bait & Switch.
My fiance took me to Sekisui Pacific Rim for Valentine's Day because it seemed to have good ratings, and also because we had a coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase. We checked the coupon very carefully to make sure we were not attempting to redeem in improperly, on the wrong day, wrong time of day, etc.
When bringing our drinks, our waitress informed us that they were not accepting coupons, because of the holiday. We asked to speak to the manager, and checked the coupon AGAIN very carefully - no mention of holiday restrictions. The waitress returned, without her manager, and told us again that we could not redeem the coupon. When we reiterated our desire to speak with the manager, our young waitress told an obvious lie, saying "Well, I'm the owner." After we threatened to spread Sekisui's poor business practices on the internet, our waitress left again for a considerable amount of time (obvioulsy in search of someone HIGHER UP than herself), during which we left the restaurant.
My fiance and I are frequent patrons of several wonderful, authentic Southeast Asian restaurants in St. Louis (Pho Grand, Thai Gai Yang, etc...) and compared to those, Sekisui is also VERY dimly-lit and trendy, and not nearly as vegetarian-friendly. We ended up getting take-out from Wasabi Sushi Bar, a few blocks away, and dining in a much more romantic and comfortable environment than Sekisui - our couch!
Best sushi in St. Louis area. I have been to most of the few (but growing) sushi restaurants in the STL area. This is by far the best, especially if you're looking for the package deal of an elegant evening out.
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Great Pan Asian!!.
This is one of the best resteraunts in Clayton. Great for everyones taste if you love sushi, or even if you don't this place won't let you down. The fish is fresh, and the prices are very competitive. I love the "Earl" roll. The regular dinner menu is "to die for," try what ever you want, you will like it.
I have eaten at Miso's in Clayton, and would never go back. Talk about rude, and expensive. I was not impressed at all by their sushi.
Decent sushi. Sushi review only. SPR is a good but unremarkable addition to the St. Louis sushi scene. Their sister restaurant Sekisui on S. Grand (they're part of a chain out of Memphis) has better sushi and a wider selection. In Clayton, Miso has better sushi but SPR is a far nicer place to dine and the rest of the menu looks great. Their service has been good at lunch and poor at dinner.
good eats. very good and fresh. if your wife doesn't like sushi it's ok they have a very good kitchen menu. go for their happy hour