We were having a lovely time at Mikado the other night - on Rte 70 in New Jersey, just across from the Hilton - and I wanted to share why we like it so much.
First of all, it's casual and comfortable. Though it's usually full, the noise level is not high and there is a feeling of serenity. This holds true even when there are children there, which is often. The children must sense that calm atmosphere!
Tea is poured immediately. It's BYOB, and you get a bucket of ice for your wine if you need one.
We ordered two appetizers, which we shared: the tempura (shrimp and vegetable) which was hot and crisp, not greasy, and the gyoza, fried dumplings with a nicely browned crust.
We both always get the salad, because the ginger dressing at Mikado is better than anyone's. It's just your ordinary greens (always fresh), but that dressing . . .
My husband had the sushi deluxe platter, which he loves. The sushi is fresh, generous, and beautifully presented. (His salad is included with the platter.)
I had my favorite, dragon roll, which I have tried elsewhere but it never comes up to Mikado's. If you like avocado, eel (the cooked, sweet kind), cucumber, caviar - it is luscious. Then I get a piece or two of sushi also, this time maguro (tuna), always excellent.
We don't order dessert - I don't think there is much of a selection - but are always served a dish of fruit, often orange sections and pineapple - with that cool candyish/frozen thing that comes in a wrapper.
Service is always topnotch - prompt, perceptive, extremely gracious.
Our total bill was $38.00.
And this, an excellent dinner at a reasonable price, is why we cross the bridge (we live in center city) and get our "Mikado fix" every couple of weeks.