We agree, good sushi in the Bronx is hard to come by, right? A Google search about 9 years ago for sushi revealedKiraku Japanese restaurant, and of course it was in just about the least likely place for anyone to look for traditional Japanese cuisine. Even though any time I’ve been in there I feel like I’m the only customer they have, I’m glad they have kept the doors opened on the place to keep feeding me terrific sushi.Have you eaten at Kiraku? If so, let me know what you think!
Kiraku is in such a weird spot, it’s tucked away on Williamsbridge Road about a quarter of a mile south of Pelham Bay Parkway. The exterior is fairly unassuming and you could easily drive right past it and never even know that there’s a restaurant in there. It blends right in with the tanning salon next door! Once inside there are a couple of small wooden tables and a sushi bar. The place is ideal for a quiet dinner but not for a big crowd. Kiraku has a very small staff, if I had to venture a guess it’s 5 or so total people including the driver. The service doesn’t suffer, it’s very intimate.
What you find on the menu is the basic Japanese cuisine. Sushi, rolls, teryaki, all of the good stuff with no deviation. There aren’t any real standouts on the menu at all, no crazy roll nor unexpected combination that really jumps out at you. I will fill this space by saying that I can and I have eaten a boat for two by myself and I’m not mad.
I ordered the sushi deluxe accompanied by the spider roll. The sushi deluxe, as always, comes with a salad with ginger dressing over the top and a miso soup. The salad and dressing is the standard fare. The miso soup contains a pretty good amount of seaweed and tofu, heartier than what I am normally used to. Once the sushi hit I went to town. The plate came out nicely arranged in a beautiful medley of raw fish. The way I would describe the sushi here is “solid” in the sense that it has never been bad, I always enjoy it, but I don’t have any really memorable “Oh my God, this is exceptional!” memories. The spider roll here is my favorite of the rolls, I am a sucker for crunch and it works very well as a juxtaposition to the rest of the platter.
As I mentioned above, the service is good in that I’ve never had to wait long for anything, but then again the restaurant is never packed. I enjoy the atmosphere in the restaurant.
There’s not much competition in the area, or the Bronx in general, but I really like Kiraku for the service, the atmosphere, and the overall good food. Not a must try but if you’ve got a craving, it’s the perfect spot.
Kiraku Japanese Restaurant Review reviewed by Well Fed on December 15, 2014 rated 4.0 of 5