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Shiki in East Hampton, New York


Ranking: N/ARead Full Review


  • Food7
  • Pricing7(Mid-High)
  • Atmosphere8
  • Service9(Outstanding)
  • Selection7-8
  • Value7(Outstanding)

The Review

Shiki caters to the Hamptons crowd, but still retains reasonable prices. They have an extensive selection of alcohol covering wines, tequila, scotches, cocktails, sake and of course beer. Every dish we serve is beautifully presented and you can tell they put thought into the entire meal experience. The fish they serve is high quality, they we were a little disappointed they were out of toro. They have a few very creative and very tasty appetizers. If you do not care for sushi they do have a small section of Japanese style entrees. Their rolls are creative, thick and tight. Compared to some other places they have some great light rolls, that are beyond the basic maki options. Most of their rolls were on the pure side, not heavily covered in sauce and tempura flakes, letting the fish speak for itself. Overall Shiki is a great choice for a great meal. They also do private parties and catering which would help enhance any special occasion.

  • Edamame We are first treated to some drinks and edamame. The edamame is salty and nice to snack on as we sip our drinks.

  • Watermelon Martini We are also treated to a Watermelon Martini, with a piece of the fruit garnishing the glass. The drink is perfect for the hot summer weather. It is light and refreshing, without being overly sweet. I enjoy it very much.

  • Usuzukuri Our first dish arrives and it Usuzukuri. Usuzukuri is Japanese for "thin slice". In this technique a chef uses their knife skills to create paper thin slices of raw fish. Our usuzukuri is think slices of fluke sashimi served in a chili lime sauce and garnished with sriracha. The fish is super soft and very delicate. The fish itself has a clean taste and the sauce adds a nice spice to it. Simple and tasty.

  • Tuna Dumpling Next we are treated to Tuna Dumpling. I was expecting tuna wrapped in dough, but these are ten times better. It was spicy king crab wrapped in thin slices of tuna sashimi. The dish was served with mango salsa and a wasabi mayo. It looked liked there was a light sprinkling of tempura flakes on top. Mango is actually quite popular in Southeast Asian and China accounts for over one third of the mango production worldwide. As a favorite fruit of mine, I was delighted it was used. Overall, the dish is sweet and soft. The mangos are delicious and juicy, without being overpowering. The combination of the fish with the mango salsa and spicy mayo is very enjoyable. We easily finish this dish and contemplate ordering more.

  • Oysters Sauteed Oysters arrive next. They hit the table and we are intoxicated by their scent. These oysters are breaded and pan fried. They are served with a wine butter garlic sauce. They are crispy and meaty. The sauce is delectable and you can really taste the garlic. We can see why this dish is a favorite and we highly recommend it.

  • Green River We try our first sushi roll called the Green River. The roll is spicy tuna and shredded crab mixed together inside with tempura and a ponzu sauce. The mixture is then fully wrapped in avocado -- no rice. The dish is topped with a little sriracha sauce a tempura flakes. To wrap in avocado, the fruit is sliced and laid out on saran wrap. The fish mixture is placed in the middle and the plastic is rolled up. The roll has a creamy texture and is enjoyable. It could have used a drop more sriracha to cut the strong avocado taste, but it is very tasty.

  • Close up.

  • Bang Bang Chicken Bang Bang Chicken is brought to us. The dish is strips of chicken served over crisp vegetables in a light brown teriyaki sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Some of the vegetables in the dish are zucchini, eggplant, carrots and mushrooms. The dish is moist and flavorful. It is solid but nothing special.

  • Tuna Carpaccio We try Tuna Carpaccio next. Carpaccio was originally a dish of thin beef seared with a mayo mustard sauce. It has since been given an Asian flare at many restaurants and served with different inspired sauces and spices. Our Carpaccio was Cajun seared tuna with a wasabi mayo. As with most Carpaccios, the fish was super fresh. It was well seasoned and the sauce was light and spicy. We generously use the fish to soak up the sauce.

  • Pink Lady We dive into an assortment of sushi rolls next. The first roll on tap is the Pink Lady. The roll is fully loaded with lobster, shrimp, crab, asparagus and avocado inside. It is wrapped in a clear rice paper and drizzled with spicy mayo. The rice paper resembles the type of wrapping you would use for a summer roll. Rice paper is from rice grains and often tapioca. Again there is no rice in this roll. The rice paper has a slight chewy, but quickly melts in the mouth. This roll is light and crunchy due to the crispy veggies. It fresh and has a pure, simple taste. If you're in the mood for something light, this is a perfect choice.

  • Tony Special The Tony Special is next. It is spicy yellow tail and scallion in the middle with avocado, wasabi mayo and tobiko on top. The yellowtail is good, but taste more like a regular spicy tuna roll. If the two were next to each other, we would have a hard time tasting the difference.

  • Black Dragon We move onto the Black Dragon. This roll is spicy crunchy crab inside. It is then topped with eel, scallion, tempura and tobiko. The roll is warm and very tasty. The sweet eel is balanced by the light crab. Tradition states that Japanese eel brings vitality and vigor to those who eat it and it is among a family of foods that many eat, believing it may treat specific medical complaints. Hopefully, we'll get some of that good luck as we enjoyed this roll very much.

  • Sandwhich Next we tried the Sandwich. The sandwich had spicy tuna and avocado inside, sandwiches between two pieces of seaweed soy paper and the rice on the outside is garnished with tobiko and scallions. The roll comes served as four sandwich wedges. This seems to be a popular option for sushi restaurants now. Shiki's version is sweet and creamy. The ingredients are well balanced and everything blends together, giving you a little bit of everything with each bite. It is a little saucy, but still light and scrumptious.

  • Another angle.

  • Sweet Heart We get one more sushi roll and it is a good one. The Sweet Heart roll has lobster and avocado inside. It is then wrapped with tempura red snapper, avocado and drizzled with a sweet brown sauce. The roll is very flavorful and both spicy and sweet. It starts very warm in the mouth, but then quickly becomes cold.

  • Sashimi We are nearly full, but try some fresh sashimi. It is served in a tall oversized martini glass, with overflowing radish and blinking lights.

    Tuna The tuna is soft and a little fishy

    Salmon The salmon is very tender and hasa strong taste.

    Fluke The fluke is mild and delicious.

  • Sashimi Another shot of the sashimi.

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