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Nikko Gardens for meetings, family, or simply solo "Saketinis & Sushi"

Posted: May 13, 2013 - 1:36pm  |  Updated: May 15, 2013 - 9:34am

Nikko Garden on the Kenai Spur Hwy across from Enstar has become an even more popular lunch and dinner destination since they opened their new Sushi Bar about a year ago. Nikko Garden has taken a creative approach to traditional Asian and Chinese cuisine from the salad bar that offers everything from Korean Kimchi and fresh greens to sprouts and homemade soups just as an introduction to the extensive buffet with more offerings to taste than anyone can complete in one meal. For a family outing Nikko Garden has a favorite item for every age member and for parties or business meetings of 15 or more they will customize the menu for your needs and reserve their banquet room at no charge. Nikko Garden offers a fine selection of imported and Alaskan beers and Saki to accompany their creative menu and for a first, try a “Saketinis!” a light cocktail specialty that has to be tasted to be described.

Their customers say it best, “The food there is great. The Sushi is awesome! You will not find better sushi on the peninsula. Try the Ahi Tower and the Playboy. I love the fact that their menu keeps changing. It isn’t the same boring rolls. You won’t be disappointed,” posted Shasha an Alaskan diner. “Well seasoned and reasonably priced. The buffet is varied, the Kimchi is very good - not salty, and, since they do not cook huge portions to sit in the warmer for hours, the food is fresh. And, the best part, they have Soju and Magkolli to wash it all down. They also have a sushi bar and the few that I have tried have been very good,” posted Flory Loughead.

A glance at the Sushi menu and you know you’re in for a creative treat that has to be defined, like the “Soldotna Roll”: tempura shrimp, cucumber and crab meat topped with spicy tuna or the “Play Boy”: shrimp tempura and spicy tuna topped with sushi shrimp and 3 sauces and served on a flaming fireplace platter. If you like it hot, try the “Ichiban”: shrimp tempura, spicy crab meat and topped with white tuna, jalapeno and hot sauce. If you like a protein boost how about the “Hikkaido Protein” that is made without rice and features a cucumber skin wrap, tuna, salmon, albacore, red snapper, avocado, yamagobo, mustard and specialty Nikko sauce. The “Traffic Jam” will certainly get your attention and of course features an “I’m glad I’m in Alaska” California Roll topped with spicy tuna. And that is just a few of the more than 50 unique Sushi Roll items that can be made with traditional white or brown rice from the Nikko Garden menu, not to mention the extensive appetizer listings that include Kyoja, Squid Tempura and baked Mussels. Like it fresh and raw? Glance at the Sashimi listings that include fresh offerings from all over the world including the finest Albacore and White Tuna anywhere in Alaska. But that’s not all, “If you don’t see what you want on the Nikko Garden menu please ask?” Catering services are also available just by calling Nikko Garden at 262-7122.

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