By Krin Mims
My husband and I fell in love with sushi while we were dating in Athens, Georgia. Over the years, our admiration for the Japanese creativity has only grown and developed — it is truly an art. Whether it is a last minute grab on the way home from work, a special date night or even a random pick up at Publix (yes, I said sushi at Publix), I’m always in the mood for great sushi. You can imagine my excitement when I heard about a new Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar opening in the Oak Grove area…Mikado here we come.
With a great location convenient to both Fort Campbell and Hopkinsville, Mikado sits prominently on Fort Campbell Blvd. with excellent signage and visibility. We arrived early in the evening to find a large comfortable foyer with plenty of space in the event of a long wait. While it was raining on this particular evening, we did see a large patio with plenty of tables — perfect for a future visit.
We chose to sit in the main dining room which is large, bright, open and gives a full view of the Sushi Chefs. The Hibachi room was also large and looked to accommodate plenty of families and large parties. A small separate bar sits in the back of the restaurant.
We were seated immediately and greeted by our server, Un, within a few minutes. She was comical and seemed to know the menu well despite the restaurant just opening. We were presented with large, substantial menus and a list of over 80 sushi options.
Combination Soba Noodles, the signature Mikado Roll, Chili Thai Roll, Yellowtail and Spicy Tuna were ordered and we sat back ready to be entertained. A minute later, Un returned to tell us that the Soba Noodles were not ready. I was disappointed that we wouldn’t get the chance to try them, but deep down, I was pleased that they were made fresh daily. We opted for the combination fried rice instead.
Un also offered salads and Miso Soup to make up for our disappointment about the Soba Noodles. The Miso soup was delicious with plenty of fresh herbs and onions. Our sushi and fried rice were brought to the table in increments, so we had the chance to casually enjoy them.
Their signature roll, The Mikado, is a California Roll topped with Tuna, Salmon, Red Snapper and a delicious sauce with just enough heat all resting in a freshly fried bowl. The rest of our sushi was fresh and delicious. The fried rice was a large serving full of steak, chicken, pork, shrimp, vegetables and perfectly seasoned rice.
With full bellies, to-go boxes and take out menus, we paid our reasonably priced check and said goodbye to Un. Multiple staff members stood at the door thanking us for visiting and inviting us to come back soon. We will certainly be back! I would personally like to thank Mikado for a wonderful first impression. We look forward to visiting again and getting a taste of those Soba Noodles.
Try it at home
I trust the Sushi Chefs to create their masterpieces, but I do have a little bit of fried rice experience in my arsenal. A little known but crucial tip when making fried rice at home is using very cold rice. The options are endless when creating your own variations but chilled rice is a must for the perfect consistency.
Cuisine: Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
Location: 209 Claire Ave., Oak Grove