Restaurants & Bars

Review of Seki's; STL Sushi Club 5/08

Richard 16 | May 31, 200804:45 PM

The May '08 STL Kosher Sushi Club meeting was at Seki's in the Delmar Loop; one of the older Japanese restaurants in St. Louis. In appearance Seki's is a typical American Japanese restaurant. The sushi bar is on the left, and they have about 15+ tables. They have a yakitori grill behind the sushi bar. Parking is problematic - mostly on the street at meters with a couple of free lots several blocks away.

I've been to Seki's many times for lunch, and while I had a couple of mediocre meals several years ago ever since it has been, for the most part, excellent. (BTW - if you go for lunch get a punch card -- go ten times and get a free lunch.) Perhaps at one time their selection was small -- I've read a couple of older customer reviews to that effect -- but it has been fairly average since I've been going, with items unusual for the area fairly often. Prices are on the low side for some items and high for others, working out to about average.

Most of the customers were Japanese, a good sign. Our group had a very good meal. The rice's texture and seasoning were great. The fish highlights were white tuna, mackeral, uni, and salmon. They had a special of aoyagi - one of my favorites and hard to find in St. Louis - fresh and sweet, I'd go back just for that. Presentation was neatly done but typical.

Service was very good, the server attentive, friendly, and helpful. There is another server people have complained about before, calling her rude, but I find her more no-nonsense than rude. Seki himself is quiet and reserved; don't mistake it for rude. He's very knowledgeable, and I learn something everytime I sit at the sushi bar. Highly recommended, at least to try.

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