By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Husband and wife duo Jason Zheng and Tina Wang have opened a new concept in West Boca, Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi.
The pair already operates Yakitori Sake House in East Boca. They said they were inspired by the support of the local community to expand on their success. Loyal Yakitori customers said they wanted them to serve hibachi.
A buildout three years in the making, Saiko-i features 7,000-square-feet of dining that includes hibachi room to curtain-closure Tatami rooms, a sushi bar and an interior marble bar that opens up to outdoor seating.
Diners are greeted by a 10-foot-tall gilded Buddha, 11 state-of-the-art hibachi stoves and a 580-bottle sake and wine display.
Zheng leads up the sushi kitchen while Wang runs the front of the house.
“Creativity is at the heart of every dish that comes out of our kitchens and open-exhibition sushi bar,” Zheng said. “We are so grateful that our customers appreciate our approach to food, which is to create memorable meals using simple, fresh ingredients that can shine on their own. At Saiko-i, we can deliver the food we have become known for with even more room for imagination.”
During a recent media dinner, we sampled a variety of menu items. The sexy lady roll and UFO roll exemplified the art of sushi making. Presentation and flavors meshed in the rolls.
The spicy tuna gyoza looked like a pot of money and was the perfect amount of fried.
The star appetizer was salmon carpaccio. The fish was buttery and melted in your mouth and was flavored with a truffle drizzle that was not overbearing.
The signature lobster pad thai featured enough lobster meat and the right amount of noodles, peanuts and scallions.
And for a sweet treat, the mochi sesame flavor was the winning taste.
The menu is large and features sushi, curries, noodle dishes and more. Sushi-grade fish is delivered daily, with deliveries hailing from local fisheries as well as directly from Japan.
Guests with dietary restrictions don’t have to make sacrifices at Saiko-i, whose chefs deftly navigate their extensive roster of ingredients to accommodate everything from gluten free to vegan.
“We connect with our guests through our food and the passion put into every dish, and we love the chance to guide them through a delicious experience as we get to know their tastes,” Wang said. “When you combine quality ingredients with a fun and welcoming atmosphere, there is nothing you cannot do. It makes all the hard work worth it.”
Saiko-i is located in The Shoppes at Village Pointe at 5970 SW 18th Street, Suite E4. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. & 4:30 – 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m.- 3p.m. & 4:30 – 11:30p.m.; Sunday noon – 10:30 p.m.