Restaurant Review: Kiku

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After work last night, Gina, Kate, Kareen, and I met for our regular (ummm, does every six months count as regular still??) Brooklyn girls dinner night. Gina and Kate have made several blog cameos, but Kareen can be a bit harder to pin down!

We ate at Kiku, a sushi restaurant mere blocks away from my apartment. Yay for convenience! I’ve ordered takeout from Kiku before (back in ancient history when I still had an income), but I’ve never actually eaten inside.

Here’s Kareen modeling her edamame appetizer:

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I totally made her pose for that picture, so blame me if she looks slightly more scary than cute!

Kareen’s edamame made the rounds, and I had a couple small handfulls:

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I instantly felt the sugar haze from earlier in the day starting to recede. What a relief!

Gina ordered the hot & sour miso soup as her appetizer. I didn’t have any, but the camera couldn’t stay away:

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The restaurant was QUITE chilly, thanks to a pair of sluggishly closing doors, but we had fun nonetheless. While waiting for our main courses to arrive, we got to watch the artists at work:

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I really wanted to try some fancy sushi concoctions, but I decided to play it safe after the day of food I’d had already! I ordered seaweed salad:

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I love love love seaweed salad. It’s another one of those foods with the perfect balance of crunch and chew.

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I also ordered a tuna roll with brown rice:

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As much as I enjoy elaborate sushi rolls (especially when they involve avocado), there’s something so alluring about a simple tuna roll. It never lets me down! I ate everything (of course), including all the ginger and most of the wasabi. Sushi always reminds me of my senior year of college when I had a weekly Wednesday night sushi date. Mmmm, sushi. We don’t spend nearly enough time together these days.

Gina received a beautiful tower of spicy tuna and asparagus rolls and another kind (maybe tuna and avocado?) I can’t quite remember:

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Kate got a tuna roll and a tuna and avocado roll (I think), and Kareen got a spicy tuna roll and a spicy tuna and avocado roll (maybe?):

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Kiku does actually make sushi that does not involve tuna. Clearly, we had a prior arrangement with each other to be tuna twins (quadruplets?) last night.

And just for the sake of accuracy and all, I had to chop up a giant Hershey’s Kiss when I got home from dinner (someone brought it into the office yesterday) so I could put it in my chocolate bag in the freezer instead of eating it. I did, however, eat the crumbs (plus a piece of my blogger secret cupid lindt hazelnut chocolate that somehow managed to jump out of the chocolate bag and into the pile of crumbs):

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And that just about does it for yesterday. How do YOU feel about sushi?

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14 thoughts on “Restaurant Review: Kiku

  1. foodsthatfit says:

    Real sushi makes me a little nervous, but I love vegetarian sushi, especially made with brown rice and avocado. I have never tried seaweed salad, I wonder if I would like it??

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  2. Gina Boland says:

    I had a salmon-avocado roll and so did Kate to vary it up from the tuna! The spicy tuna-asparagus roll was very good…I had never had one like that before. And that hot and sour miso soup was very yummy!

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  3. snackface says:

    I LOVE sushi and haven’t had it in, like, 5 months, which, as we all know, is way too long. Looks like such a great night out at Kick You (that’s how you say it, right?)! I just caught up on your last post too, and lemme say, that cake creation was NUTZ. But kinda grossly good. If I were around that office all the time, cake would be falling into my mouth all the time.

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  4. verbalriot says:

    Umm…does Kareen have a brother named Alon? Because I’ve totally been to her house…I went to high school with Alon and now we go to the same college too! What a small world! =]

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  5. AnAppleADay says:

    I LOVE SUSHI! I especially enjoy handrolls w/o rice. Those are so yummy!

    I’m definitely craving those sushi after seeing how much you enjoyed them.
    AND those yummy seaweed salad. I adore them ;]

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  6. Kareen says:

    oh btw… i had a spicey tuna… and a spicey tuna with avocado… loved it… yum!!! i started having sushi about 8 months ago,,, and now i can’t go a week without it!

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  7. biz319 says:

    I only liked the cooked stuff – although I don’t mind raw tuna in a dish my hubby gets!

    Now that its lent, I see us getting sushi every Friday night instead of having pizza!

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