New Nikko Garden means sunshine and Sushi

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2006


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  Thomas Shin behind the Sushi Bar at the all new Nikko Garden in Soldotna.

The all new buffet bar at Nikko Garden on the Sterling Highway.

For more than twenty years Thomas Shin has been in the restaurant business. Last November he bought the former Golden Dragon restaurant on the Kenai Spur Highway in Ridgeway across from Alyeska Sales & Service. Shin then decided to make over the Golden Dragon into a full service Asian restaurant featuring an international buffet and Sushi Bar. The fruits of his efforts are now available for all to experience at the all new Nikko Garden. “People today are more interested in foods that will increase their overall well being, foods that are healthy as well as fresh and flavorful. So for the last ten years we have searched for a variety of Asian dishes that will satisfy those choices,” said Shin. The Nikko Garden offers a full Japanese menu, Sushi bar, and a blend of Chinese and Korean selections.


Thomas Shin behind the Sushi Bar at the all new Nikko Garden in Soldotna.

Sushi Chefs are famous around the world as culinary artists as well as entertainers. To provide an authentic Sushi bar experience Shin has brought to the Kenai Peninsula an expert Sushi Chef with more than ten years experience as a Sushi Chef instructor in Los Angeles, “Chris Chang has had his own business as well as being a Sushi Chef instructor so I am happy to have him here to open our Sushi bar and that I can continue to learn from him and work together with him. In Japanese Nikko means sunshine, and in the winter here local people can use the sunshine we make at Nikko Garden,” smiled Thomas.

Peninsula Clarion reporter Joesph Robertia and his wife tried the buffet at the new Nikko Garden earlier this year and wrote in his Eater’s Digest for the Clarion, “As we moved on to the main courses, we found each one better than the last. Sesame chicken, Chicken and broccoli, Mongolian beef, sweet and sour chicken and seafood and vegetables that was heavily laced with onions, green peppers, baby corn and succulent shrimp the size of silver dollars. The two dishes that stood out the most though were my wife’s favorite the garlic pork which as the name would indicate came with hunks of tender pork, as well as slices of carrots, zucchini and huge whole cloves of garlic in a spicy brown sauce. She said it was great over a heaping mound of fried rice. Although I sampled a bite of her dish and found it delicious, my favorite was hands down the yellow curry chicken that came with bite-sized pieces of carrots and potatoes. This curry dish was easily comparable to any I have had at Thai or other Oriental restaurants in big cities in the Lower 48, and one that I will definitely be returning for to order as an entrée.

The Nikko Garden is open seven days a week during the summer from 11:00am to 10:00pm and also offers catering services and orders to go by calling 262-7122.

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