Last weekend I was meeting up with a friend for sushi. Our initial plan was to head to Westport or Norwalk (Sakura, Matsu Sushi or Kazu) however we received a last minute recommendation to try a new place in Fairfield. The reco came from a trusted source, and it was the closest option, so we said what the heck.
Shiki Sushi is located at 222 Post Road in Fairfield, in a small strip mall along with a Chinese take-out, Indian take-out and a new satellite location for my favorite Thai place in the area - King & I. A very unassuming exterior highlighted by the signage. "Sushi" is all it says. Okay, no biggie. In we walk and find a small, well-appointed room with 6 or 7 tables and a sushi bar with seating for 4 or 5. We took two seats at the sushi bar and were greeted by the two sushi chefs -- one of which was the owner. Good sign, there we both thought.
After ordering two bottles of sake (one filtered, one non) we placed an order for two pieces each of yellowtail (hamachi), wasabi tobiko, surf clam (hokkigai), fluke (hirame), red snapper and scallop (hotategai). We also took advantage of one of the day's specials -- four pieces of gorgeous toro sashimi. Each piece was superb. Incredibly fresh, and perfectly prepared. I found myself not even using any soy at all because I only wanted to taste the quality and pure flavor of each piece. The rice was excellent.
We then decided to try a couple of their "Fancy Rolls". We ordered the Ocean Roll (cruncy spicy tuna, salmon and yellowtail inside, red tobiko and scallop outside) and the Fairfield Roll (eel, spicy salmon skin, cucumber, seaweed salad, kani, scallion and masago wrapped with a soybean shell). Both were delicious. As an aside, they have 30 of those fancy rolls and another 28 of the more traditional (ala California) rolls.
The owner then gifted us with an on the house sample of their house special, which I unfortunately don't remember much about except that it was great (I was honestly pretty darn full by that point). We finished up with another special of the day at the recommendation of the owner -- two pieces of fantastic line-caught, wild Alaskan salmon. This was tremendous! Beautiful marbling and incredibly fresh. They served it quickly seared (like 10 seconds) which really released the flavor.
Lots of food, and all of it was specatacular. Total bill (w/o tip) was about $130 which I personally found very reasonable given all that we ate plus the sake. I HIGHLY recommend Shiki to anyone!
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