Restaurant Review - Nikko's, Charlotte

>> Tuesday, May 27, 2008


As some of you may know, I tend to jet set from time to time (probably more than I should and/or can afford). This past weekend was one of my many adventures in Charlotte, NC. Jef took me to a great Japanese restaurant, renown for its ostentatious owner and her sake bomb songs.

We arrived at Nikko's around 10:30 and I was shocked to find this place was still packed. Honestly, I felt as if it had been plucked from New York and placed in Charlotte. There was loud music, contemporary decor, trendy dressers (I was definitely not one of them...) and big booths filled with parties.

Our server greets us immediately and we order cocktails, I decided to try their Pomegrante Martini. It was pretty good, heavy on the pomegranate, light on the vodka, which was fine by me.

To start we ordered Edamame, which I normally don't like (its just bland to me), but was pretty good here. We then decided to go with two sushi rolls. I love anything involving crunch, and tuna so the obvious choice was the Tuna Crunchy Roll, and then TNT seemed intriguing so we went with it.

When they came out, I knew that there would be no left overs. The Tuna Crunchy Roll was lightly breaded in panko crumbs and then deep fried and filled with red tuna (NOT minced like they do here in NYC), crab, cucumber and topped with a ponzu sauce. That sauce was incredible, it lended the right amount of sweetness to mesh well with the crab and tuna, and the cucumber (which again, I normally don't care for) was just the right amount of crunch.

The TNT roll didn't disappoint either. It was filled with White Tuna, Cream Cheese, Cuke and topped with Red Tuna and Avocado.

After a Pink Martini (which was not pink, but as Jef pointed out was made with Pink vodka) we headed back.

Overall, Nikko's was a great experience and definitely a New York atmosphere in a far more charming southern town.

1300 South Blvd # F
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 370-0100


Ilovetoeat May 29, 2008 at 8:43 PM  

Well Yum! What a guy that Jef is!

Lisa Young June 11, 2008 at 9:18 AM  

OH LORDY could I go for some SUSHI!!! will be having some this weekend!!! YEAH!


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