Shiki: consistent, affordable, and convenient sushi in Oklahoma City

by | April 24, 2008 | 12 Comments

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  • Shiki - 405-751-8989
    14041 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City (map)
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    4406 W. Reno Ave. in Oklahoma City (map)
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Sushi is one of my favorite types of food. I have eaten at most places in town, probably more than once, but there is one place I always seem to back to — Shiki. Sure, there are fancier sushi bars. There are more unique sushi bars. There are more eclectic, chic, nuevo, hip, and gourmet sushi spots in town. Shiki, however, is consistent, affordable, and convenient.

Shiki is convenient. With locations near Quail Springs and on Reno near Meridian, Shiki is always close enough to satisfy that last minute sushi craving. If your wife seems to get pregnant as often as mine, this can be a lifesaver. Somewhere near the end of that first trimester, I always seem to have to make an eel roll run.

Both locations serve sushi and hibachi. I will not review the hibachi piece. Sure, hibachi is pretty good, but it’s basically meat and rice thrown on a big griddle and cooked in soy sauce. Not much to write about unless you have a really good performer for a chef, and I haven’t found a good hibachi chef in town yet. It never fails that they drop a knife, flip a shrimp over my head and onto the floor behind me, or do an unimpressive knife and spatula spin that amounts to a lot of drumming and clicking, but very little actual trickery. Believe it or not, the best hibachi performance I have ever seen was in Appleton, Wisconsin. I know, weird. That and Benihana, the worlds best-known hibachi restaurant. Benihana always has good performers. I hear you know how good your teppenyaki chef is by the size and color of his hat. That is unconfirmed though. Ok, enough of the hibachi sidebar … back to Shiki.

The inside of Shiki is nothing super-fancy. There are hibachi grills on one side with table seating for sushi enthusiasts on the other. I actually like the location on Reno that shares a building with City Bites the best. It is smaller, but I really like the atmosphere better. On the other hand, I have friends that swear by the Quail Springs location, especially for happy hour.

Shiki is consistent. Like I said, there are places in town with fancier rolls and more artsy or gourmet presentations. I have reviewed Saii, for instance, which outshines Shiki from a presentation standpoint. But after some of the comments by Oklahoma City’s sushi following, I’m not sure I want to go back. No one I’ve ever talked to, on the other hand, says bad things about Shiki (please feel free to be the first — we always love to hear your comments). It’s always good, has a big enough variety to please most sushi-lovers, and has always been fresh and flavorful.

I’m not going to describe the rolls in detail. They have your typical sushi rolls here, nothing out of the ordinary or crazy fancy. My favorite sushi ingredients are shrimp, eel, tuna, and octopus. I’m not a big salmon fan because I feel it has such a strong flavor that it overpowers the other ingredients. They also serve sashimi here correctly. Thin, raw slices of very fresh fish, without a bunch of “stuff” all around it. I have been to other places that want to decorate it with everything in the kitchen, but to me sashimi should be plain and simple. Just a little soy sauce for flavor.

Shiki is also affordable. Again, I know there will be comment after comment about ten other sushi bars in town and why they are the best, but Shiki gets you in and out without breaking the bank. Rolls range from $5 to $9 so if you go into it fiscally aware, you can easily fill yourself for $15 or so. I think some of the fancier places get away with charging a premium for plating and it doesn’t necessarily translate into flavor. If you want to stay under $10, order an affordable roll, soup, and a salad. It’s cost effective and healthy.

On a side note, I was disappointed one night at a different sushi place when I sat at the bar waiting for a roll to be prepared and asked for a bowl of miso soup while I waited. The chef simply scooped out a spoonful of dry mix, added some hot water, and gave it to me. Just like I would do at home from a mix. He said every place makes Miso Soup this way. I guess I always envisioned someone slaving away in the kitchen drying sardines and mushrooms, making a homemade miso paste, and hand-cutting little bits of tofu, but apparently that doesn’t happen. Just an FYI. Ok, enough of the miso soup sidebar … back to Shiki.

I’m still amazed at how many people are scared of sushi. Sushi doesn’t mean raw fish, sashimi means raw fish. In fact, probably half the rolls on the menu contain only cooked seafood. Shrimp, crab, and octopus are going to be cooked every time, at least in America. Next time you are at Shiki ruining a perfectly good fillet by having it cut up into little pieces, covered in soy sauce, and overcooked on a griddle, think again and have sushi. Your wait staff will happily tell you what each piece is, and if you are scared of raw food (you are missing out on great flavors, try to talk yourself out of this fear) get a roll without raw fish. Open up your taste buds to something fresh and flavorful. Shiki brings it to you consistently and affordably at either convenient location.

Please let us know your thoughts on Shiki, other sushi places, or sushi in general in the comments.

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  • Dr. Pants says:
    April 28th, 2008 at 12:06 pm   

    Thank you for the review. I’m a huge sushi fan, but I’ve never tried Shiki. I will definitely give them a try now.

    I agree with you on the prices at sushi restaurants. If my friends weren’t so set on Sushi Neko, I would avoid it for the bank-breaking prices. I have found both Tokyo Sushi House in OKC and Fuji in Edmond have pretty reasonable prices.

  • Andrew says:
    April 29th, 2008 at 6:34 pm   

    Yeah Dr. Pants I agree, Sushi Neko is good, but it really adds up quick.

  • Dee says:
    August 24th, 2008 at 2:22 pm   

    We have been to Okura, Sushi Neko, and Fuji in Edmond. All are very good, but we decided to try Shiki based on Andrew’s suggestion. EXCELLENT! Service was very good. I’m a picky Sushi eater, and usually there is something that we order that I like but certainly was not my favorite. Everything we ordered last night was so good that I couldn’t decide which I liked the best. Our waiter suggested the May Ave. Roll and although it’s not what I normally would go for we both thought it was incredible. Prices were good also. We will definitely be going back! Thanks for the suggestion Andrew.

  • Gloria S says:
    September 7th, 2008 at 9:05 pm   

    We’ve been to Shiki’s twice and have received good service and excellent food each time.

  • Jonathan says:
    October 2nd, 2008 at 2:25 pm   

    I like going to Shiki for a change of scenery when I don’t feel like driving to Tokyo. I LOVE their Shiki roll. I never actually payed attention to the prices, but now that you mention it, it is a good value.

  • Josh says:
    November 4th, 2008 at 12:45 pm   

    I enjoy their value as well. You can get a couple rolls for lunch and not break the bank. I have never tried their hibachi but I have seen their chefs at work and they put on a show. But why would you want to cut up a nice piece of steak like that?

  • LPN2RN says:
    December 7th, 2008 at 12:36 pm   

    Three years ago my fiancee and I ate at Shiki on one of our first dates. We have been consistently pleased with both the cuisine as well as the service each time we have visited. Last night marked our fourth visit – and our two-year old son’s first visit. The staff’s accomodating attitude made all the difference. When we realized that the first high chair the server brought us was missing the safety belt (a necessity for our active child) she had no problem finding us another that did have a fastening belt. As she served our meal, she had the foresight to place the dishes AWAY from our son – well out of his reach – without having been asked to do so. I was impressed.

    For those of us who have small children and still want to enjoy dining out, kid-conscious waitstaff make it possible to do so.

    The sushi combos are creative, fun, and most deliver that elusive quality of umami.

  • Karen says:
    June 16th, 2009 at 6:10 pm   

    oh my gosh! i am so glad that you guys are writing reviews about skiki! this is my ultimate favorite sushi place!!!! and in detail it really is affordable and i get 2 rolls every time! The waitors and waitresses really are as awesome as everyone has said so far. and not only are they respectable if you have kids they are respectable to the couples that come in there too! my boyfriend and i go in there quite often because i have an amazing obsession with sushi and everytime they ask the both of us how we are doing and have never angered us for any reason whatsoever. their sushi in detail is absolutely the BEST i have ever tried and i dont care about all these other places i am hearing about on here because i will never eat at other sushi places because i am clearly dedicated to this place. DO try their “spicy cowboy roll” and do have their very basic and wonderful “california burning” they are both cooked sushi so if you are afraid of the raw fish…then you need to try these two! you will definitely be amazing with “spicy cowboy” please DO TRY!!! and i really need sushi right now because all this writing about it and reading about it is making me crave it so badly!!! hahaha! anyways… thank you for your time to read what i had to say because i really hope you will give shiki a try. it is amazing and you will love it.

  • Ryan says:
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:55 pm   

    Shiki is one of those places that does NOT make their miso soup from a mix. They actually have people someone “slaving away in the kitchen drying sardines and mushrooms, making a homemade miso paste, and hand-cutting little bits of tofu”. haha. Well, maybe not the “slaving” part.

  • Megan says:
    May 24th, 2010 at 11:02 am   

    I have to disagree with your comments on Shiki. The fresh doesn’t seem as fresh to me (as counterparts Tokyo and Okura). And I had a friend literally get tapeworm after a visit there. That alone deters me from ever going back. And as I said, I’d rather go to Tokyo or Okura–fish is fresher.

  • Jason says:
    September 21st, 2010 at 12:42 pm   

    Shiki is probably the best hibachi that i have had. I have eaten there three times, it is consistently good and on par in terms of costs as all other hibachi style japanese. Great manager named Tonge(sp?) as well.

  • Brian Grider says:
    February 19th, 2011 at 10:18 pm   

    Been here a few times, food is not bad, decent price, good size portions. We went tonight, (a Saturday) at 6:00, there was 4 of us. We were told it would be a 20-30minute wait. After waiting for an hour, we left. I doubt we’ll go back, it was very frustrating. They had us sitting at a table in the middle waiting, which was nice not to wait in the doorway, but it would have been better if they would have offered to get us drinks or appetizers, but we literally waited for an hour (while they did seat other people) and it was clear that we would not be next at the time we left.

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