Clawson >Food & Dining > Nippon Kai Japanese Restaurant
511 W 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI | Directions 4801742.532931 -83.154151
CLOSED – Sad to say this wonderful spot to enjoy a great adult evening out with wonderful food is closed.
No longer open – This place has been closed for about a year. The owner passed away and the building is currently for sale.I miss this place.
Best authentic sushi ever! – Ever since I had Sushi at Nippon Kai, any other restaurant just can't compare. My husband and I think it's all in the rice and their wasabi is the strongest on the planet. Our favorite is the Dynamite Roll and Spider Roll. Their sashimi is just outstanding and you can tell they use the best and freshest ingredients. We usually go as a larger group, and reserve one of their private rooms. You recieve the hot towels, and the service is outstanding. With a larger party, we usually drop $80-$100/couple including plenty of Sake and Sapporo beer, appetizers, sushi served on a huge wooden boat, and green tea ice cream and generous tip. They ARE strict on a designated driver! You have to take off your shoes outside, so make sure you wear socks without embarrassing holes in them. Yes it's pricy! But we see it as a rare treat ( no pun intended!). I'm sorry the previous review thought this restaurant needed a fresh coat of paint... those are usually the restaurants that the best!
Seedy and overpriced. – We've eaten Japanese food from Michigan to Arizona to Taipei to Hakone to Tokyo to Kyoto, and this is just about the most mediocre we've had. Not bad, but not good, either, just...adequate. If you feel like dishing out $20-$25/person for adequate...be our guest. So much for the cuisine.
The restaurant is in dire need of a good scrubbing and a fresh coat of paint, and somebody with a broom should pay a visit to the vestibule. They need to change out the wailing Japanese Englebert Humperdink for some more traditional fare, like koto and shakuhachi. So much for the atmosphere.
When we were seated and served without oshibori (the hot towels that are part of why dining Japanese is such a refreshing and civilized experience), I figured it was just part of the restaurant's general decline. But then Japanese parties were seated to either side of us, and THEY got omoshibori. Zakkenayo! I guess at Nippon Kai, gaijin don't rate the courtesy that the Japanese are rightly famous for.
Save yourself the disappointment of a mediocre experience, and check out Musashi in Southfield, Yotsuba in Farm Hills, or Cherry Blossom in Novi. THey have their flaws, but the food is somewhat better, and at least they treat their customers with respect.
True Japanese – You know it's good Japanese when you are the only one who speaks english in the restaurant! The food is always excellent and fresh. One of the oldest Sushi places in metro Detroit and still one of the best. Forget the trendy go for the good stuff.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Nippon Kai Japanese Restaurant on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.