While Uchi and Uchiko are definitely worth the price, I feel I enjoy my sushi more when I’m a) wearing jeans and a t-shirt, and b) not worrying about the bill at the end. I never have to worry at Sushi Niichi, my affordable and tasty sushi standby. Tucked away in a little corner of West Campus off 24th street, Sushi Niichi is not only easy on the wallet, but perfectly charming.
Sushi Niichi has a pretty expansive menu, with all the standard fare plus some inventive rolls to boot. Although veggie sushi is pretty difficult to mess up completely, Sushi Niichi offers the most flavorful veggie rolls I’ve ever come across. The Garden and Jade rolls are my favorites, both at $4.95 apice. The Garden roll is pretty much what the name suggests, containing avocado, carrot, cucumber, and daikon. The Jade roll is a simple avocado and cream cheese, but Sushi Niichi’s chefs do it up right, with a substantial amount of cream cheese and big chunks of fresh avocado. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve eaten an avocado and cream cheese roll with brown avocado and a tiny smidgen of cream cheese, I’d have at least a buck by now.
Although I can’t speak to the taste of their sashimi and nigiri personally, I shamefully admit I ogled the boyfriend’s giant plate of raw fish tonight. In addition to being quite large, the color was beautiful, and judging by the dreamy look on his face after he ate each piece I bet it tasted quite nice too. I think it’s safe to conclude that while it might not be the absolute best sushi in town, whether your inclinations involve roe or tofu, Sushi Niichi will give you large, delicious portions of it at a fair price.
Quite possibly the best part: they are even willing to let me Americanize my sushi with gobs of that spicy orange mayonnaise without judgy-wudgy looks. The super nice Niichi waitresses give me a giant dish of it every time every time I ask without even batting an eye, and I love ’em for it.
As an added bonus, it’s located right next to Momoko, a popular bubble tea spot that looks like a Japanese kawaii bomb exploded all over it. If they’re still open by the time you finish dinner, I highly recommend popping over there for dessert!