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Review of Nikai Sushi

Nikai Sushi
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Ranked #27 of 94 Restaurants in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: A taste of the far east comes to the shores of Islamorada at Nikai, located at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. In addition to tantalizing nigiri, sashimi, and specialty rolls, the new Nikai delivers expertly crafted Japanese cuisine through fresh ingredients, locally and internationally sourced fish, spices and vegetables to create a dining experience the melds the art of sushi and Japanese cooking with the flavors of the Florida Keys. Menu highlights include Wahoo, Tataki, Tuna Poke Bowls, Scallop Shooters, creative Ramen dishes and tableside Robata Grill. A creative, Asian-inspired bar program featuring Saki, beers and craft cocktails further elevates this vegetable and seafood-fusion dining experience to new heights.
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We were staying at Cheeca Lodge and made an Open Table reservation for dinner at Nikai Sushi.

We were seated outdoors on a deck overlooking the beach area. Very nice as there was a light breeze, temps in the upper 70s.

To start we had the maguro tartar, spicy tuna with truffled ponzu and wasabi tobiko. VERY interesting as I've not had truffle flavor with sushi before, Mrs Willie & I found this very enjoyable.

Next was the tuna poke, with wakame, red onion, sea salt, furikake & poke sauce
topped with toasted macadamia nuts and served with wonton chips. The nuts were far too overpowering for this dish, just not needed. We did best to pick them out, it was an enjoyable poke.

We finished with 3 rolls:
sunshine roll: spicy hamachi, & cucumber topped with tobiko, lemon glaze & tempura crunchies
samurai roll: spicy hamachi & smoked jalapeño topped with spicy tuna & sweet chili garlic over spicy aioli, dusted with togarashi crunchies
truffled tuna roll: spicy tuna & avocado topped with wasabi tobiko, truffled ponzu & green onion

The truffled tuna was just ok, I guess we were over the unique flavor by then. We really enjoyed the Sunshine (nice bright flavors) and the Samurai Roll.

Service was slow and the wait staff knew it so we were given some edamame tossed with sea salt prior to our sushi being served.

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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

First time visit since the Chart Room became Nikai Sushi at Cheeca.
My group consisted of 2 locals and one visitor. Even the locals (who are frequent diners here) agreed that the service was disgraceful and they won't be back. One of my party had to actually go inside and order their own wine from the bartender.
We were never asked if we would like coffee or dessert after our meals. (I will add that the sashimi and sushi rolls were good and fresh.)
There were only 3 tables with guest outside and 4 persons at the bar. Other than that, the place was not full at all.
Not going back anytime soon.

3  Thank Sambo2359
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

High class, fresh fish, chef was knowledgeable, talented, but a little aloof. Prices were reasonable as well.

Thank Karin K
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

Very fresh. Delicious sushi and beautiful presentation. I recommend. The atmosphere is also very inviting. We had a company meeting and they supplied the appetizers for us. They were very accompanying to what we wanted.

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Thank Easygoing01
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Reviewed 24 January 2017

Affordable dining, incredible sushi, beautiful view of the ocean and pier. Indoor and outdoor seating options.

Thank Jennifer R
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