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Dec 6, 2012 03:49 PM

Ki Asian Bistro and Sushi, Danbury, CT.

Curious as to whether anyone has been here yet? Seems like they have a pretty decent chef (credential-wise) and the reviews are good but a few appear to be shilling from what I can tell. Presentation seems kind of dated, but that's not really what matters. I wish there were more purely sushi restaurants around here rather than pan-Asian style.

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  1. Yes! I've been twice and had takeout once. The takeout was the first and it was a disappointment (a mix-up with the noodles, LOL), but dining in was amazing. The first time, we sat at a table. I ordered the omakase - it was eight pieces... let's see if I can remember... there was a really fresh, delicious oyster of some kind (possibly kumamoto), unbelievable uni, terrific baby yellowtail, king salmon and another kind of salmon - both excellent and delicious - also better-than-expected eel, pretty good king crab and a piece of red snapper that I didn't love. It was a bit stringy... but the presentation of the dish was beautiful. My SO had some kitchen apps that he liked, and some tuna, yellowtail and snapper sushi that he loved. The chef sent over something else for him to try, but I don't really remember what it was. Maybe more snapper...

    The second time we went, we sat at the sushi bar and enjoyed chatting with the sushi chef/owner, Benny. He's delightful, if a tiny bit hard to understand. I can't remember everything we had, other than that amazing uni and some sweet scallops that were to die for. Everything we had - some our choice, some his recommendations - was superb that night. I wish we could afford to go back and do that once a week.

    I like the look and feel of the place, although I could do without the bubblegum pop music (Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen and all that sort of stuff) that they pipe in. It's a bit small, but not cramped, and the noise level is ok unless there are shrieking, drumming-on-the-table-with-chopsticks kids. There were a couple on our first visit... heh.

    On the whole, though, I'm rather enthusiastic about this place and plan to go back regularly. Maybe even this weekend! I'm salivating now, just remembering our last sushi bar experience! Mmmmmm. Give it a try... I don't think you'll be disappointed. At least not with the sushi.

    1. Another happy visit to Ki. We went for Christmas lunch yesterday and again sat at the sushi bar. Benny presented us with a complimentary tuna/avocado appetizer, dressed in a soy sauce of some kind (possibly wasabi) and pine nuts. Superb. We enjoyed some big eye tuna, some baby yellowtail, more divine uni, a rainbow roll ... and he also gave us each a piece of special yellowtail belly, which was amazing. We were happy to see a few other tables of customers there as well, and another guy who had been seated at the sushi bar left and said he hoped the restaurant would do well and stay open. We could not agree more, and I encourage local sushi-loving Hounds to check this place out...

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      1. re: saturngrrl

        Saturngrl, based on your rec, we just might have to make the trip to Danbury to try this place.

        1. re: fcmenutalk

          Well, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Already trying to figure out when we can go back! How far is Danbury for you?

        2. re: saturngrrl

          Well, based on your positive posts, we tried it out Friday night. I must say, it was some of the best sushi I've ever had. The entire experience was very positive.

          Everyone there was very friendly, even the sushi chef greeted us and thanked us for coming. The waitresses descriptions were so enthusiastic, we had to laugh. If only their English was a little easier to understand.

          The sushi was very fresh, and everything was delicious. We had the Maguro avocado app, which was chunks of tuna, avocado ans wasabi oil, and it was great. The fancy roll and Ki Asian roll were also notable.

          It was a little on the expensive side, but I think it was worth it.

          We will definitely be back. Sorry House of Yoshida, this place is going to give you some trouble.

          1. re: scapegrace

            Wonderful! So glad you liked it as much as we did! Yes, I agree that it's pricey but worth it. I hope people keep going back... or going for the first time to discover it and THEN going back! I want him to stay in business. That location worries me; it's so tucked away off the "main drag."

            But not too many people, of course. I don't want to have to wait forever for a table! ;-)

            I have never tried House of Yoshida. Only Ichiro and J. Fuji, which I like well enough, but this place is superior, at least to me.