Ever since my dad introduced me to sushi about a decade ago, I have been hooked. I’ve tried just about every type of roll, from the standard Philadelphia Roll to the exquisite Rainbow and Dragon Rolls, everything has such simple yet fabulous flavors. My only disappointment is that my fabulous spouse does not have the same enthusiasm for sushi that I do. So, to get my sushi fix, my very good friend Lisa and I head to the nearest sushi restaurant for lunch. Our establishment of choice lately, Sushi Neko.
Sushi Neko is located on Western near NW 43rd – in front of the Will Rogers Theater. The restaurant is a decent size, with a couple of tables allowing for traditional Japanese-style seating on the floor. There is also a counter which surrounds the prep area, allowing you sit and watch first-hand each roll or plate being prepared. In addition, if gale-force winds aren’t expected as is common in Oklahoma, you can also choose to sit outside on the patio.
The selection of sushi is so vast it is almost daunting. The first time I visited, I was so confused and a bit overwhelmed at the choices. Instead of a traditional menu, they provide you with a front and back sheet of paper that you can mark you selections from. It can be a bit confusing, so I highly recommend either visiting with a pro (thank goodness for Lisa!) or explaining to you server your sushi preferences and letting him or her guide you. Speaking of servers, I have visited Sushi Neko no less than a dozen times over the last two years, and not once have I ever experienced poor service. The staff is VERY well trained and do an excellent job of making sure your dining experience is exceptional.
As I mentioned, the sushi selection is huge. A couple of my favorites are the Dragon Roll and the Atomic Tootsie, but I can honestly say that I have not had anything here I haven’t enjoyed. Sushi is great to share, so try ordering a couple of different items and splitting them. If you are headed to Sushi Neko for dinner with friends, consider ordering the “Sushi Party Boat” which is a panacea of amazing fish. The Party Boat includes a variety of nigri sushi, as well as rolled sushi and Neko special rolls. The price isn’t cheap ($85 for the boat), but split between 4 people is very reasonable. If instead you prefer a nice, quiet evening with your significant other, the “Boatload of Sushi” is also available (think Party Boat- only smaller) , and runs $39.
Word of caution: You can easily spend $25 or more on lunch if you aren’t careful, so be cognizant of what you’re ordering if cost is a concern. (The first time I visited, I ordered two rolls, one of which was $14, the other was $6- so with drink I spent over $25. SHHH! Don’t tell GFB!)
If you’ve visited Sushi Neko, I’d love to hear your take on this Oklahoma City “classic”. I know I certainly enjoyed it!
Favorite QuoteOne cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. ~ Virginia Woolf
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