So, I came here yesterday for a birthday dinner with my friends--a big group of 15 people. With that said, that meant we basically ordered every single dish on their specials menu plus a party tray, lots of tempura, and sashimi. I was going to find their online menu and critique every single dish. But I just realized, all the dishes were either bland, tasteless, or not really memorable at all; therefore, I decided other wise.--I'm doing this by groups.
Maki sushi: The ones in the party tray, for some reason, tasted all the same. The rolls were loose too, so they kept falling apart when I tried to pick them up with my chopsticks. The ingredients aren't really that fresh, and there's no "special" taste to any of their specials rolls. I love trying innovative sushi, and I have to say, I was severely disappointed. Tomoya hands down beats this place. And even the sushi joint, Makoto, near my house, serves much more creative and GOOD-TASTING sushi than them (for better value too). All in all, I have nothing good to say about the maki here.
Sashimi: I love how they use wild sockeye salmon. We ordered 3 orders of it. My friends liked it and all commented on how red it was. I had to explain to them that wild sockeye salmon is redder than farmed Atlantic salmon used at most other restaurants. Anyway, the salmon was mushi. So that made me really sad, because I was hoping for that fresh, slightly sweet taste from salmon when you get it at good Japanese restaurants. I love Ki sushi's intentions, but they failed at the execution. Wild or not, it wasn't fresh.
Toro sashimi:tasted just like normal tuna, but it was lighter in colour. I enjoy Tojo's much better.
Beef Tataki: My friends said Tomokazu's all you can beef tataki is better. But I say, Guu's is the winner. In math it'll look like this: Guu>Tomokazu>Ki Sushi = We all agreed that it wasn't that good.
Tempura: Please DON'T order their prawn tempura. Waste of money. Worse than all-you-can-eat tempura. Too much batter. Too oily and couldn't even find the shrimp. Yam tempura was much better, but its yam--can't screw that up.
To avoid sounding so bitter about Ki Sushi, I'll add some good points now.
Ambiance was pretty awesome. The place looks great, lots of rooms--great for a date. There's also a fountain in the middle to add to the Japanese experience.
Service: The people who own the restaurant where Chinese, so not as authentic, but still okay service. Had to yell loudly a few times to get their attention because my party was sitting in a room and they don't really notice us as much. One of my friends had to go out and fill a pitcher of cold water herself too. The restaurant wasn't even that busy either. But the food did come really fast. So that was good.
O ya, almost forget, we also had their daily special, the mackeral sashimi that night. The presentation was fantastic. But the taste was fishy. =[
I don't know why there's so many good reviews. I've eaten at lots of Japanese restaurants and I've been to Japan. This place is truly, not that good in the food perspective--which I think is what matters the most.
Caution the overrated reviews. I'm not a connoisseur, but I'd go to another restaurant for better Japanese food.