the BEST sushi in town!. My wife and I went to Nikki's last Wed and were surprised at how misleading some of these one star reviews were. The service was outstanding! The beer arrived at our table within a few minutes after being seated and it never ran dry. The Hamachi and Tuna nigiri were delicious and the Yakisoba was the best I've ever had. The servers were more than available and kept our table nice and clean from start to finish. Everyone on staff went beyond the norm and proved themselves to be the BEST sushi bar in town.
Totally Forget This Place-Give Your Money to a Bum. I have been eatting at this place for many years. However, one day recently I walk in with my wife (As usual) and this guy "Pat" who is nothing but a waiter with a bad attitude stops me before I can sit down. He claims falsely that we are "Bad tippers" and they are not going to serve us. We are in disbelief! I thought he was joking at first. However and without a second thought, he was serious. This guy after all these years pretending to be a friend said this. It is a flat lie and he knows it. He just ran off at least $1000 worth of business not counting all the people I will tell not to go there which are many! I always tip 10 - 15 %. Always! This guy needs to get his tail fired and get someone that can run that place right, instead of into the ground. Never again will I step foot there and you should not either. Because sooner or later Pat's big mouth will get in your face too. These people are so wrong! Please tell everyone to forget the Tokyo Inn. What a joke of a person and a so called Japanese food place.
Disrespected & Embarrassed. We had been regular customers for years, eating at Nikki's at least 2, sometimes 3 times a month. Tonight we entered and while we about to sit down, we were confronted by Pat, one of the waiters. He said no one wanted to serve us because 'we were lousy tippers'. He claimed we leave $2 for a $50 dinner bill. Needless to say, we were stunned. All this is said in front of the few customers there and Nikki herself. We thought he was kidding, as we have joked around with him through the years. It quickly became apparent he wasn't kidding. Tthere was no need to explain ourselves, he is just badly mistaken. Of course, we will never return or recommend the place to anyone. If I could give a ' no stars' rating, I would.
Disrespectful Towards Customers.
Some old friends and I went there one night for the first get together in a while and, after waiting for 1 hour and 43 minutes (yes, I do time the service for future reference), I asked the waiter, who is also the manager of the restaurant, about our food and he yelled at me in front of everyone. The whole restaurant got quiet and it took a few minutes for people to start talking again. Before we could leave, he went and grabbed our food and set it down in front of us and demanded payment (implying that we could not leave without paying him).
Then, when I walked up to pay after we finished eating, the manager comes back out and yelled at me again. Seeing as he is a businessman, this maneuver is totally untactful. Truth is the original owner of the place has recently moved on and I dare say she handed it down to the wrong person.
I love this place....
First off, anyone that says they prefer Sushi Zushi is not a true sushi eater and their posts should be removed. That statement is offensive.
Second...do you like kitschy places with a cool decor that caters to people who know good food? Then you'll like Niki's. Yes, the building is old. Yes, the building is in a sort of bad neighborhood. But my wife and I have NEVER had any trouble eating here and I find the other reviewer's story of people hanging by their car a little ridiculous and leaning towards a lie.
Third...the waiter/owner is amazingly inappropriate and it makes my day! Niki's is an experience, not just a restaurant. You want good sushi and a sterile environment? Go to Godai or Koi Kawa. You want Japanese style seating and 70's decor with pretty big portions? Go to Niki's.
To the person who said some of the sushi smelled like fish, that's because some raw fish actually has a fishy taste (herring, mackarel). So yeah, that's just the way it goes.
Nikis is an experience, I really can't get more specific than that. The food is solid, the decor is freaking amazing, and the waiter is totally inappropriate and we love it.
Take your sterile, stuffy no-fun attitude to Sushi Zushi if you can't handle the real thing.
TERRIBLE FOOD AND SERVICE - COMPLAINING WONT HELP YOU..
This review is mainly for people who know good sushi and japanese food and have experience eating it. I am Japanese-American and grew up eating authentically prepared sushi and japanese meals.
I had read all the reviews here, including the bad ones, but I honestly thought the bad reviews maybe were from people that didn't know real authentic japanese food and so I would try this place anyways -Boy was I wrong, and I am very sorry to have doubted you reviewers.
It is no exageration when people say the building this restaurant is in looks like it should be tore down..it is absolutley horrible looking and in a VERY bad part of town with a lot of street people walking around begging for change. Once inside, your nose detects this really bad smell..kind of like mixing Lysol with the smell of old fish -I really should have left at that point but I was hungry and had driven a really long way for my dinner so I stayed. I ordered their Sushi combo plate, Yakitori and Tempura. The Yakitori was very tough and hard to chew, and it didn't taste very good. The Tempura was SUPER OILY and over fried to the point the veggies dripped oil on your chin -gross. The sushi combo plate was the biggest dissapointment in my life eating sushi -although calling this stuff sushi is really pushing it. First of all, the pieces were SUPER SMALL, and alot of the fish looked dry. The fish also smelled old and not fresh, and it was so warm they felt as though they had been under a heat lamp. Even the rice was dry and tasted old -they couldn't even get the rice right!
When I spoke to the owner Pat about this, he called me a LIAR, yelling at me in front of everybody and asked me to leave. This is no way to treat a customer & in Japan this man would lose his restaurant license for bad food & acting this way. To top it all off, when I walked towards my car there were two shady looking guys standing next to it waiting, and I had to turn my alarm on to scare them off. Stay away from this dump!
The freshest and highest quality Sushi, Sashimi and Chirasi in South Texas.
Located just minutes from downtown situated right between the oldest affluent neighborhoods and the old blue collar neighborhoods built in the 40's that have become more commercial. Nikkis has been around for many years and is a family run business. It is our favorite sushi restaurant because the food is delicious and the family running the restaurant are very attentive to their clients. If you are a sushi connoisseur or from Japan this is the place for you.
Kick back and enjoy a meal prepared for your enjoyment, where you can relax and take your time while speaking to other diners that enjoy authentic Japanese and good company. If you want to try some of the most delicate sushi, this is the place. I have a taste for several varieties of sushi that have to be only days old from their catch, and have virtually no shelf life. I have only been served the freshest and highest quality sushi. At times they are out of these specialties, because they won't serve it if it?s not the best, but the Chef has always offered new suggestions and introduced me to other delicacies.
Nikkis is all about the food and an authentic Japanese experience. As such, the outside of the restaurant and the decor are not meant to attract people driving buy. The place has been thriving for years based on referrals from knowing customers. Take of your shoes, listen to relaxing Japanese music, and enjoy the always fresh flowers selected by the head Chef. Relax and sip some warm Sake while you await your meal. It?s a place where you will have great food and a great conversation with whomever you take there.
Caution!! If you don't like authentic sushi and you are someone who likes cooked fish and americanized rolls with Philadelphia cream cheese, this is not what you will find at Nikkis.
Slightly Above Average Food - Bad Service & Odor Inside.
To me, the food is 3-star & the place and location is 1-star. It is an old eplace & does smell bad inside but we knew that ahead of time and went anyway. The neighborhood is not good for taking a walk after dinner. My ramen was very good, the kids at chicken or pork katsu and we all got gyoza (which the kids remember as being too much black pepper to eat).
It was just a bad feeling to be in a smelly place eating average Japanese food. The menu offers some of things in places we had been into in Japan (lived there three years) that were old and small, but never smelled bad and the service always good. If I go back here, I plan to eat oden next time.
We had bad service but I did note that many people are regulars and and/or Japanese & were treated as such. We were first-timers and they were not out to impress us with seating or service. We were seated at the end of the room next to the wall and kind of forgotten about. That was a year ago.
I prefer to shop at their market next door (in the same parking lot) instead & make my own Japanese at home OR go to Sushi Zushi for clean and good (miso, udon and katsu) OR if we want excellent gyoza we will go to Godai. There are enough clean places w/good service to eat Japanese food in San Antonio. Maybe this place is inconsistent in it's quality but since it's been there for as long as it has, I think they must have something good going on for it's regulars or it would have closed long ago. It's just not a place we wanted to become regulars.
WORST PLACE HANDS DOWN. Stay away from these crazy people. Me and my family went there, the first thing you will notice is it stinks in there, we ordered sashimi, sushi, tempura and yakitori, we are Japanese and know sushi, when they brought the food I was horrified, the sushi and sashimi platter stunk badly of dead fish, if you know fresh it has no smell at all. The tempura was soggy, the yakitori was dried up, the miso soup was watered down, I could not believe how bad ALL of the food was. It all tasted horrible. I sent back the sashimi platter and no one ate the food yet we paid the 214 dollar bill, No one cared to ask why we did not eat the food. The next day I called and asked to speak to the owner, then man that answered said his name was Pat and he was the owner, all I said is that last night we were there and the sashimi platter... Then he, Pat started yelling at me saying we mad at you, I said mad at me? he said you don't know sashimi and to never come back he did not want our business again, I told him why are you yelling at me, I am speaking to you nice, he then screamed back saying you don't know Sh__T about sashimi and if I dont like it to go somewhere else. Now I am mad and told him, you are right sir, it smelled like Sh___T you eat it. He kept yelling at me saying that I don't know nothing about sashimi. I told him we are Japanese and yes we know that sashimii and sushi is not suppose to smell like they found it dead off the beach. I have never been spoken to in this manner. They absolutely do not care about the customer, just takeing your money. Either the good reviews are fabricated or it is people that know nothing about sushi. I know for a fact they had been closed down once by the health dept for unsanitary conditions. DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE. If you do not believe me, just call them and say your ordered sushi and it smelled bad and listen to Pat start yelling at you. He is a disgrace to the Japanese and to the community and should be shut down permanent.
Amazing food, great ambiance. At first, I really avoided this place just because of the way it looked from the outside. Finally, I was talked into going, and boy, was I missing out! Being new to sushi, I was hesitant, but the friendly staff broke down the menu. I now go to Niki's at least once a week! Everything from the sushi (salmon skin are my favorite), to the unadon, to the Ramen soup. The ramen soup blew me away! Everything is so authentic! Yes, the location isn't the best, the service is a bit slow and food a bit pricey, but it's completely worth it in my opinion. For die-hard sushi and Japanese food lovers, this is a must!
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