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NINKI on Adelaide

juunbug25 Oct 31, 2007 12:25 PM

I know a lot of you here likes Ninki Sushi. Is it owned by Japanese, korean or Chinese?

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  1. pescatarian RE: juunbug25 Oct 31, 2007 12:59 PM

    Really? People still like it? It is gross IMO.

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      DAB RE: pescatarian Oct 31, 2007 01:34 PM

      What's gross about it? I quite enjoy the sushi there.

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        pescatarian RE: DAB Oct 31, 2007 01:58 PM

        I've been there a few times and I have found it to be not fresh. I don't know how else to describe it. It's cheap, yes, and I can see why.

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      childofthestorm RE: juunbug25 Oct 31, 2007 01:51 PM

      Whoever owns it sure does like putting mayonnaise on everything.

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        Gary RE: juunbug25 Oct 31, 2007 06:04 PM

        I have no inside knowledge of the nationality of the owners, but I strongly suspect they are not Japanese; my wife heard the staff speaking Cantonese. A couple years ago I didn't mind this place, as it was close to home, and the food was half decent at the time if you didn't order too adventurously.

        But my last two visits were deal breakers: on the first I ordered some assorted sushi and rolls, and the nori was chewy like an elastic band. Nearly inedible. The fish seemed slightly less than fresh, and some of it lingered far longer in my mouth than it should have, as I chewed and chewed... argh. As the result, the next time I went I ordered a bento box special, thinking cooked food would be a safer bet, but even the chicken was bland and gristly and the sides were nothing exciting.

        Now I've given up, and I won't return. Walk a few blocks northwest to Japango, pay $5 or $10 more, and have some great Japanese food -- both raw and cooked -- prepared by mostly Japanese staff, incidentally.

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          juunbug25 RE: Gary Nov 5, 2007 09:01 AM

          I went to eat today because one of my friend works there and just started so I went. It was a one time thing surely. The pieces were tiny!! The miso soup was also bad - it tasted like water. If you like it there, then good for you. :)

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            325i RE: juunbug25 Nov 5, 2007 09:35 AM

            Haven't been there for a while, but then I really enjoyed the Jumbo Shrimp Don on the dinner menu. The sashimi there were GROSS as pescatarian mentioned and there bentos definitely do not worth the price.

            As for the nationality of the operators, the sushi chefs speak Mandarin while the owner speaks Cantonese.

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          JennyBenny RE: juunbug25 Nov 5, 2007 09:47 AM

          I also had a bad experience there recently. They COVERED two of the rolls I ordered with flavoured mayonnaise. It made the sushi practically inedible, even after wiping off as much of the mayo as possible.

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            EarlyDrive RE: JennyBenny Nov 5, 2007 11:51 AM

            I was there last Thursday for lunch. It was not good.

            I had the sashimi "A" combo -- the fish was not fresh and it was cut badly, adding to the terrible texture. The tuna was essentially cubed.

            My lunch date had the sushi combo. He asked for the 6 spicy tuna maki to be replaced with spicy salmon maki. They said that would be an additional $2.00. He stayed with the tuna. When it came, the spicy mayo on each piece was almost as high as the piece of sushi itself.

            I've given the place 4 or 5 tries. I think that's it for me.

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            Wil RE: juunbug25 Nov 6, 2007 05:29 AM

            I found this place has gone downhill in the past few years. When I first went here many years ago I loved it. The nori was always crisp, the fish fresh. I keep going but I realize that it's just getting worse and worse each time. The nori is always soggy now, and the fish not as fresh as before.

            I'm not sure, but I thought the chefs were Japanese before,. but the alst few times I went I didn't really pay attention.

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