The Only Authentic Japanese Food in Pittsburgh.
Pros: Very tastey and I would say the only authentic Japanese restaurant in Pittsburgh. All the others are Korean (good in their own right) or worlds worse, Chinese knock-offs.
Cons: They need to include a "free" salad with the entrees. Everywhere else gives you this. It's only a few leaves of cheap iceberg lettuce, some carrot shavings and some Ginger dressing. But these little things add to the value. If I remember, they used to have this, but changed a while back. Oh, and they are expensive compared to Little Tokyo or Sushi Kim. Better ingredients, and a bunch imported from Japan are the reason, so I reluctantly accept this. But I want my salad!!!!
Overpriced Japanese Restaurant. The atmosphere of Kiku is really nice, very authentic Japanese. The miso soup was really tasty. The regular maki sushi rolls are REALLY small and not filling at all. They are pretty average tasting. The inside out maki rolls are the restaurant's speciality, and they are quite good, but they are really overpriced. They have some cool combinations and the presentation is nice. Overall, I'd say this restaurant is pretty average for the price charged. I'd rather go to Sushi Kim anyday over Kiku. Better sushi, for much better prices.
Why go to Japan when you can go to KIKU!!!!!. Kiku is the only authentic Japanese restaurant in Pittsburgh. Don't be fooled by others who serve sushi and other Japanese dishes that have been altered for the "least common" taste. Kiku is the real deal. To find quality of this kind would require you to travel to New York, or as far as Japan. The decor is traditional, sedate and again follows the seriousness the staff puts on maintaining an authentic and traditional Japanese dining experience. The food is absolutely authentic and top-notch. From Chicken Teriyaki, Uniju, to their Sushi, Kiku provides you with the most authentic taste to be found in Pittsburgh. If your adventurous, you can ask for the "Japanese" menu, a menu that has dishes that are traditionally reserved for the Japanese palet. Its all absolutely mouth watering. Sitting at the Sushi bar, you find yourself immersed in the true Japanese experience. They are professional, organized, clean, and efficient. Fish is immaculately prepared in concordance with hundreds of years of tradition passed down through sushi masters from Japan. Cleanliness is paramount. Attention to detail is incredible. They even make their own soy sauce. This place can be a little bit pricey, but like mother always told us, you get what you pay for. I would highly recommend this place for anyone interested in a culinary experience that promises to bring you back again and again. I save my money to eat here.
Great, fresh sushi. My spouse and I absolutely love the food at Kiku. My spouse is a newbie to Sushi and after our first experience there wanted to go back almost every weekend! The presenstation in wonderful and we have yet to have a bad experience with the food itself. Friendly but slow service. Actually, it is usually quite slow but once we get our food we forget that it took forever and that the server isn't that quick to refill our beverages. We have never had a problem being sat quickly and the atmosphere is nice. A welcome change from the hibachi style Japanese resturants planted around the city.
Only one word describes this authentic japanese restaurant... AMAZING!. We are regulars at Kiku whether dining in or taking out. Kiku is the best sushi restaurant the pittsburgh has to offer... and there is some stiff competition. It is our old standby.If we go out to eat at a new restaurant that we absolutely hate, we will leave early and go to Kiku knowing that we will love it. The house salad with ginger dressing is amazing. The eel and fish is ALWAYS fresh and the service is always accomodating. We always like to bring friends there and if they are not willing to try raw fish, the menu offers a variety of japanese dishes that are quite delectable. So go, enjoy the saki, sushi and salad, oh and don't forget the coconut ice cream, it is out of the world! Even the presentation is fabulous!
okay- bad service, nice settings. A decent place for sushi. Yes, Beertram, it IS authentic, although cheap cuts to others posting their thoughts is immature and childish. Wasabi is in every roll and NO, it is not mentioned anywhere, so if you don't like it, heads up. I personally wish Kiku offered brown rice in the rolls (guess once a New Yorker always a New Yorker, right Pommie23?). The service was slow and the staff was hard to understand at times, but the quiet ambiance was very relax. Overall, not a bad place.
Bad review from an idiot must mean it's good. I have never been to Kiku, but after reading pommie23's "bad" review I plan on trying it out... as any good authentic Sushi place puts wasabi on the sushi, doesn't serve brown rice, and would never serve the sushi on warm rice. Pommie, I suggest going back to NYC and eating the so-called pizza there... and if you are allergic to oregano too... I'd suggest mentioning it before ordering the pizza.
immature comeback. I'm not sure who posted the last message, but after hearing your "snobbish" response that a person ask to remove oregano from pizza, you seriously need to get a life and not post comebacks to people you don't even know. I'm Italian and if you like oregano and thick pizza, which is not "authentic" I wouldn't hold it against you and would allow you to write your comments with no ciritique afterwards. How would a person know that wasabi is in the sushi rolls at Kiku if they don't even mention it? And maybe some people enjoy brown rice- it may not be "authentic" but it's HUGE with many people. NYC has better sushi and nicer people, hands down :)
Great Restauant. I have been going to KIKU with my Grandma and Mother for about four years. I have always enjoyed coming here and find it very relaxing. The atmosphere is romantic but I think if you really want your child to experience the taste of Japenese food made right, you should bring them; if your child is around 12. The waiters and waitresses are very nice and easy to talk to, especially around dinner.
True authenticity with a smile--10 yr customer.
My first hint that Kiku was authentic was that Japanese people eat there. What other sushi place in our city can make that claim? Prices are somewhat lofty, but worth every penny. Leave the kids at home. This atmosphere suits a more intimate, relaxing experience.
They have many delicious entrees like teriyaki chicken to choose from. I have never had anything that was less than top-notch quality and freshness. The maguro(tuna) and hamachi(yellowtail) are to die for!!
The staff always greets you with a smile and works hard to ensure a pleasurable experience. The sushi chefs also greet you with a traditional bow upon arrival and when you leave. Tip them well.
In summary, if you are looking for an authentic Japanese dining experience in Pittsburgh, Kiku is THE place, hands down. It's not some loud, trendy, "Americanized" experience you might get elsewhere. Ten years of fantastic experiences speaks volumes!
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