Saiko-I: Asian Culinary at Its Best

By GERRY BARKER
​North Palm Beach Life

South Floridians who enjoy Asian cuisine—that would be us—have a new go-to restaurant to quench their cravings: the recently opened Saiko-I Sushi Lounge and Hibachi.

It’s the latest restaurant from the South Florida-based Unisolo Restaurant Group, which already has five brands and eight locations in South Florida. These include the Coco Sushi Lounge and Bar in Delray Beach, Koi in Fort Lauderdale, Saiko-i Lounge and Hibachi in Boca Raton, Yakitori Sushi House in West Delray, and Yakitori Sake House in East Boca Raton. The Peking Duck House is located at 1200 E. Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach opened in February.

The newest Saiko-I Sushi Lounge and Hibachi has 180 seats and takes up 4,000 square feet in a retail shopping area. While enormous, it exudes peaceful Zen, beginning with the Laughing Buddha at the entrance. Beautifully decorated, one side offers traditional eating, while the other features hibachi.

We drove down to explore their diverse lunch selections. There are Hibachi Lunch Specials, traditional Asian Lunches, Bento Boxes, Sushi and Sashimi Lunch, and Double Roll Specials. A pleasant surprise was that their Happy Hour is available every day from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with attractively discounted food and beverages.

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To start off, we got steamed Gyoza and Bang Bang Shrimp from the Happy Hour appetizer menu. Both were great. Pam ordered a Bento Box that included soup or salad, pork Gyoza or California Rolls, chef’s choice sushi or sashimi, and her choice of meal (Chicken Teriyaki). I ordered the Chicken Teriyaki, which included soup or salad and jasmine rice.

Despite our best efforts, we had to request a takeout box from the waitress called Brian because the food was good and presentable. However, we still couldn’t just leave without ordering a dessert, and thanks God we did so. The Tempura Ice Cream must be tried — vanilla ice cream encased by a coat of tempura and accompanied by whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Think of it as the Asian answer to Baked Alaska; it was simply heavenly.

Jennie, the restaurant’s manager, suggested us we should come back and try the hibachi. She will not hear any arguments from us.

The next Saiko-I Sushi Lounge and Hibachi is located at 8100-8160 W. Broward Boulevard in Plantation will be nearly double the size of this one, at 7,000 square feet, and will open at the end of the year.

Saiko-I Sushi Lounge & Hibachi provides Asian culinary skills in Boca Raton, Parkland, and Plantation. Visit us today to experience exceptional Japanese cuisine cooked with the finest ingredients and served in a stylish atmosphere. Join us for a wonderful dining experience in one of our convenient locations. Find out why Saiko-I is the greatest in Asian food!

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