We have been to Okini close to ten times and it's a real winner for us. Okini offers a balanced menu of Japanese and Thai with some other pan-Asian selections.
Unfortunately, it's not situated in the most picturesque of neighborhoods, situated one block east of the intersections of Progress Avenue and Walnut Street in Penbrook. It's also housed in the carcass of what used to be a Pizza Hut. And as the footprint is the same as in its Pizza Hut days, there are not very many tables and they are rather close together. However, the lighting and decor do well to change the ambience from Pizza Hut into something more.
Thankfully, I really have nothing else bad to say about Okini: it scores highly in all the places it needs to. The food is very, very good and portion sizes are very large. Presentation is also very good. I am an incredible fan of their Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles); they are the best I have had among any other Thai restaurant anywhere and at only $10 (yes, even when served with Jumbo Shrimp) it is an incredible bargain. Even if you do manage to finish it, you won't be left feeling hungry!
The only negative that I have to give the food is that my wife has ordered various chicken dishes and the chicken has come out rather dry on every occasion. Perhaps the cooks just don't know how to handle chicken? Silly as it sounds, I just cannot come to any other conclusion as everything else comes out cooked to perfection. Maybe the chicken gods just hate us?
Sushi is presented well and is absolutely delicious. Prices are reasonable and the taste is just top-notch.
Service has always been done with a smile and is usually very good, but the wait staff's English is not tremendous. We've never had any issue with our orders being incorrect, but it's not always a smooth ordering process. Additionally, on more than one occasion our food took a bit too long to arrive; and one time it wasn't until our meals arrived that a single eel roll ordered for an appetizer appeared.
As hinted at, prices are very reasonable for what you get. Entrees start at about $8 and climb to about $20 depending on what you are hungry for. As expected, sushi can set you back as little as $4 for a cheaper roll to $50 for a sushi boat for two. And if you go for lunch, you're in for a real treat. Some of their "lunch combinations" (M - F only) include an only-slightly smaller entree portion plus an egg roll for as little as $6.85. It's a rather ridiculous amount of food for a rather low cost.
Also a note that if you really like spicy foods, you'll want to specify that you want your entree extra spicy. I have had various results with this. it's never come too spicy, but doesn't always come consistently 'extra' spicy either.
You should also know that, if you're looking for an 'adult beverage' with your meal, Okini is BYOB.
Bottom Line: As long as you're not looking for a special occasion evening, Okini is a fabulous choice for a Japanese and/or Thai meal. Food is tasty, priced well, and will not leave you hungry.
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