Hadn't been back to Niki's for several years. Went for dinner and sat at the sushi bar. Service was fantastic. Ordered both sushi and entrees Would have given Niki's a 4+ but for a couple of items.
I spent a little time in Japan and I'm pretty particular about my yakisoba. Few of the restaurants that I've been to in the US do yakisoba properly (as its done in Japan) so when I find one that does it gets 6 stars. Niki's was SO close! I ordered pork yakisoba. The plate arrived with the noodles properly topped with seaweed powder with shredded pickled ginger on the side. In the first bite my heart sank. Instead of bit sites pieces of pork, Niki's used ground pork. Almost ground sausage pork. Let's just say that this was a colossally bad idea and in no way OK. Yakisoba is a sort of thrown together street food and doesn't have a ton of rules but ground pork is a capital offense.
The other thing was the tempura. It was more toward the cold side when it arrived but I'm going to take some of the blame for that in so much as we were eating slowly. Our server was doing a really good job of staging our various orders and it has to be tough to balance the sushi chef in one room with the chef in the actual kitchen.
One thing to note about Niki's. Their menu proudly states "since 1970". I don't think anything has been redecorated or remodeled in the place since then. I know my first visit to Nikki's was over 20 years ago and nothing has changed since then. Either overlook the dated decor or do what I do and tell yourself its retro. I'll definitely be back to Niki's but we may have to have a discussion about the yakisoba before I order.
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