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Koi Japanese Cuisine in Westerly

ThomShap | Dec 8, 201305:40 AM

Normally I don't write in to plug a restaurant I've just been to, but every business that's tried to make it in this venue for the last few years has failed (some for good reason), and I don't want this one to based on our dinner last night. Because of the previous Thai/Sushi places that have occupied this space, we went in with somewhat low expectations. The interior of the restaurant is as cold as it ever was decor-wise, but the service and the food were entirely different. The menu is an extensive multi-page affair with a full page of Thai and Japanese appetizers, a full page of traditional sushi rolls, another whole page of specialty rolls, and then another two pages dedicated to entrees - mostly Japanese and a couple of Thai. We ordered two unexceptional appetizers - the gyoza seemed a little Trader Joe-ish, but were still tasty. The Age tofu was comprised of pieces that were a little too big - I liked them, but the tofu-batter ratio kind of icked my daughter out. On the other hand, we ordered 4 of the specialty rolls and some sashimi and were totally impressed. The rolls were delicious - creative, well assembled, and substantial. The fish was fresh, but more importantly, they don't go crazy with the rice - so that most of the roll is actually the fish and not a big glutinous mass. They have a liquor license and the beer and sake are very reasonable - in fact all of their prices are. The wait staff was attentive and friendly as well. Honestly, there are very few restaurants where I feel I can't wait to go back - but I really do in this case. So many more delicious sounding things to try . . .

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