Best Sushi in Syracuse.
Delicious! Highly, highly recommended. Do not pass through Fayetteville without making a stop at this wonderful restaurant. Its cozy and low key atmosphere is the perfect setting to enjoy hands-down the best sushi in the area. I reiterate: no sushi in Syracuse comes close to Kyoko's. My personal favorite is the Volcano Roll. DO NOT order this roll with the intent of sharing.
The ingredients are high quality: avocados are always fresh, fish is always fresh. The edamame is, at least every time I've been there (many times), satisfactory, as are the salads and soups, but, again, the sushi is where it's at. Nevertheless, the house salad is in a very tasty dressing that's a secret of Kyoko (they wouldn't disclose the recipe). The dumplings, both fried and steamed, are very good as well.
The service moves at an average pace; far from "aweful". I think most people expect sushi to be a "quick fix", but Kyoko's is a real restaurant where the chefs take pride in their work. My advice to anyone unhappy with speed of service is to keep driving straight down the street to wegmans and get some rolls from the Foodcourt--it takes like two minutes, and if you're so unfortunate as to be unable to appreciate Kyoko's sushi, you won't know the difference.
Again, great sushi. The Volcano Roll tops my list, but I would also recommend the Dragon Roll, and any of the standard rolls (Phili, Cali) are great, too.
Let me start by saying that the sushi itself was decent...
The service was terrible - we waited for the waitress for 20 minutes without drinks, she did not share any specials with us, and when we finally ordered, she got the order wrong, missing a whole roll. We waited for over an hour for our food, despite the fact that when we got there, there were only 2 other parties in the whole place. While we waited, we finished our drinks and went thirsty - our waitress only came around once, and did not offer us new drinks to fill our empty glasses.
When our order finally came, it was missing a roll and my boyfriend had a piece of plastic garbage on his plate with his food. By the time our waitress finally came back, we had finished our meal... i pointed out the plastic and asked for the bill. Our waitress came back 15 minutes later, and asked if we wanted dessert. I reminded her that i had asked for the bill and we wanted nothing else.
Overall, we had an excruciatingly long and unsatisfying meal... We will not go back there again.
Best sushi in upstate NY. I've had sushi at a number of local restaurants (Syracuse, Skaneateles, etc.) but none of them are even close to as good as Kyoko. The owner-sushi chef is friendly and accommodating. If you ask him to use his imagination, he will present a creative assortment of sushi. The biggest problem is that I tend to eat too much of it--and I still want more! The service is friendly and the restaurant itself is very cozy. I wish I lived closer!
Horribly disappointing. Horrible food: soup, edamame, and sushi. Before I begin I should mention that both my fiance and I are well acquainted with quality eateries and we are no strangers to sushi establishments. The miso soup had too much miso paste and/or the miso paste they use is much saltier than normal. I choked mine down after adding some water, my fiance left hers. There was so much sodium it left my mouth a little sour, like I just drank seawater. Our sushi came out before our edamame, but when the edamame came out with the comment, "sorry it came out so late, but you know it takes a while to cook..." we discovered it does indeed take a while to cook edamame so thoroughly that you can eat the shell if you are of a mind to. In fact it was so mushy it was hard to get at the beans and NOT eat the shell. The sushi was a little better than the rest, but still not good. It was not old, but not especially fresh either and the pieces had an enormous amount of wasabi slathered b/t fish and rice and in the rolls. I am known for mixing a ton of wasabi in with my soy sauce, but even I had a difficult time finding the flavor of the fish through all that spice. I hope you find this review valuable.
Terrible. By far the worst dinner I ever paid for. Lets start with the fact that I was in a party of 3 we were seated at a table with two settings, (Chopsticks and napkins), it remained a table with two settings until after the appetizers were brought out (at the same time as the soup), and my sister in law had to ask for another place setting. Then the waitress brought over three knives and forks, no chopsticks and no third napkin. Understanding how that could have been confusing she specifically said she meant chopsticks, the waitress returned with three sets of chopsticks still no napkin. Now when I ordered my meal I asked for a suggestion of a bottle of wine and the waitress said "I have no idea I don't like sake." Now that's service! in the tempura appetizer the onions were not fully skinned and the eggplant was mushy and sword fish entree that I ordered was overcooked and dry. I don't eat sushi however my brother and sister in law ordered a large sashimi platter and three different rolls, and when they inquired about one of the fishes in the sashimi platter the waitress again "I have no idea." All of this took place in a rather dirty restaurant with cob webs all over the place. I will never return to this establishment and would not recommend it.
Big city sushi in small town setting!.
We've been hunting for good sushi since moving to central NY from the West coast earlier this year. Kyoko was the recommendation of an acquaintance who has a passion for finding good "ethnic" food spots. Went on a Friday evening and had an OUTSTANDING experience.
Busy night (a good sign), but we found plenty of space at the sushi bar. Servers seemed a little overwhelmed, but treated us promptly and with courtesy. Drinks came in a hurry (the no name "premium" sake was quite good). Had to ask twice for soup, but the miso was very tasty. Our sushi chef was pleasant and helpful without being a "wild man." I appreciate that he let his food do his talking for him. We took a few suggestions from him, then ordered a sampling of nigiri and cut rolls. The line up included: yellow-tail (outstanding), white tuna (also top-notch: never encountered this before--comes from Australia, we were told, and isn't technically a member of the tuna family, but yum), and snapper (very good, but not quite so sumptious as the first two). Two rolls as well: a very solid California roll (nice, creamy avocado in December!) and a spicy tuna crunch roll. The latter was a highlight. Instead of deep frying the whole roll and serving up a grease bomb, the chef rolled crispy battered bits onto the outside of a regular roll, providing the crunch and taste of a fried roll without the greasy overload. Definitely on the spicy end of the spectrum, but that's what the 21 ounce beers are for. Finished things off with a couple pieces of salmon (sake) nigiri, which punctuated the meal perfectly. Buttery smoothness and incredibly fresh. Fish comes in on Wednesday and Friday, some it it directly from Japan, accoriding to our chef. We watched him preparing a few other orders while waiting for the check. Looks like some very creative salad appetizers are available, which we'll be sure to try next time. This was a revelation. Big city sushi in central New York! Can't say enough good things.
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