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“New Ownership and Upgraded Cuisine”

Sooki's Oriental Cuisine
Ranked #31 of 100 Restaurants in Newbury Park
Cuisines: Asian
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

My family of five had the pleasure of dining at Sooki’s Thanksgiving weekend 2015. The restaurant is under new ownership and from what I’ve heard the quality of service has improved tremendously. The new name is Sooki's Japanese Grill.
The restaurant is located in a neighborhood strip mall and is very unassuming, inside and out. The tables are bare, but the servers and proprietors are very friendly and welcoming. We were cheerfully ushered to a table in the center of the restaurant after placing our order at the counter. This is not a five star establishment as far as ambience goes, but we were there for the food.
Sooki’s strong point is the quality of the food. It use the freshest vegetables and fish in its preparations. We started off with an order of shrimp and vegetable tempura, as well as an order of gyoza. The tempura was crisp, crunchy, and light. The gyoza skins were not too thick and the stuffing, very flavorful. The greens in the salad were fresh and the sesame dressing not too heavy.
We had a couple of rolls as our next course. We always avoid any rolls with cream cheese as well as the cliche California rolls. They have a large selection of close to 80 rolls as well as daily specials. We had an Ultimate Albacore Roll as albacore is one of my favorite fish with it’s high oil content. It was excellent and slightly better than the Dragon Roll which followed. My son is a lover of freshwater eel and he was adamant that the Dragon Roll was the best. I wish we had room in our bellies to try out the Sensual Roll or the Crunchy Spicy Lobster Roll.
But, we were off to try some of the specialties of the house. Normally we stop at sushi and sashimi, but we hear that the new owners were very proud of their hot pot and curry dishes. My daughter ordered the Orange Chicken as she is not very adventurous. I sneaked a couple of pieces and can say it’s sooooooo much better than Panda Express. We ordered the Seafood Tofu Stew, the Chicken Curry, and just because my sons had just finished a hard swim team workout, the Beef Kalbi Short Ribs. The stew came out piping hot, simmering with an amazing aroma. The shrimp and clams were still in the shell which I prefer, but those who are squeamish or with dainty fingers who avoid this dish will miss out on a huge umami filled dish. Be sure to use the rice to sop up every bit of the broth. The curry is one of the house favorites and from what I hear is from an old family recipe. It did not disappoint. The only slight let down was with the Kalbi as the meat was a little chewier than expected. However, the sauce and flavor more than made up the difference. We were too full to order any desserts.
Overall, I would rate the food, service, value, and friendliness five stars. The atmosphere is more like 3.5 stars, but for those who live closely, takeout is a great option.

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Thank Fishkabob
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Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

Small place off the 101 is easy to miss, but good Japanese style noodle bowls and rice/teriyaki plates. The sushi rolls were simple but tasty. The seafood/tofu stew was excellent as rated by two Taiwanese ladies with us. There were also some Korean dishes on the menu. Everyone agreed that we would be returning to Sooki's. Recommended.

Thank Lars118
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Reviewed 17 December 2015

We have been eating at this place for years. The original Korean owner ran it for several years and sold it to the current owner who is also a Korean. The format is the same. You order at the counter and they bring the food to you. The place is clean so is the bathroom. They serve actually a good variety of dishes. Mainly we always order Japanese rolls or combination box means. The quality is average to good. The prices are reasonable. $10 to $12 Per person without drinks.

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

enjoy soup, salad, entree and more. Fresh and yummy. In the Ralph's shopping center, never a problem with parking

Thank Lee T
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Really loved the menu selection at Sooki's. Perfect place for traveling folks either on business or pleasure. Orange chicken is probably the best I've had. Chicken teriyaki reminds me of Seattle teriyaki and their korean meat dishes are excellent as well. Their soft tofu soup is outstanding, much better than those places that specialize in soft tofu. There is significant improvement with new management in terms of service and food!!

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Thank kumatae78
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