The night I hit Nishiki Hibachi Sushi in Selden, the place was virtually pulsating. The lights. The techno beat. The crowd.
On one side of the space was a hibachi room with 10 tables, most full. Chefs wearing cowboy hats clanged knives, sent vegetables airborne.
I opted for a table in the dining room, dominated by a dramatically lit sushi bar.
Service was a bit clueless. Two of us were about halfway into a shared appetizer of grilled Chilean sea bass with miso sauce ($10.95) when our waitress suddenly deposited both main courses (a trio of sushi rolls for my guy, a chirashi plate for me) in front of us. I might have objected if not relieved to bid adieu to the flavorless fish drowning in a too-sweet sauce that tasted more of vanilla than miso.
A bright spot was my chirashi ($16.95) which — aside from the gratuitous surimi and cooked shrimp — was made with fresh finfish over rice, everything at proper room temperature. A spicy roll platter ($13.95) featured salmon, tuna and California rolls; lots of mayo, very little fire power.
Before we had both finished eating, the waitress cleared our dipping bowls.
Hospitality training needed here.
Nishiki Hibachi Sushi is at 329 Independence Plaza, Selden, 631-698-9888.
Above: Chirashi at Nishiki