‘Watts for Dinner’: East Naples’ Saki Japanese Kitchen a welcome addition
Saki Japanese Kitchen is one of the newer food options at Stock Plaza in Lely Resort, opening in April. We arrived at a clean, modern, cozy restaurant with friendly service.
We decided to start with sushi. Classic rolls, cooked or raw, range from $3.25 for a cucumber roll to $8.50 for one with the works. The restaurant features nearly 30 specialty rolls from $8 to $14.99, including Mango Tango with mango and salmon.
To start, my partner in dine and I had picked the King Cobra roll ($12.50) – shrimp, cream cheese and cucumber topped with spicy crab, avocado and eel sauce. What an amazing way to kick off your meal. All the ingredients were fresh; the roll was gigantic – plenty enough for two.
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Other appetizers range from $3.99 to $7.95 and include favorites like edamame and soft-shell crab.
They also have miso and clear soup ($2) and numerous salads ($2.99 to $10.50). We both had salad, with an amazing ginger dressing.
For my main dish, I selected the shrimp fried rice ($11.99). The shrimp was beautiful to the eye as well as the tummy, with grill marks and all. And I counted more than 10 shrimps (!). That’s more generous than your average restaurant or someone’s getting fired after the owner reads this. And no, no one knew I was there to review the restaurant, per policy.
As for the fried rice, nobody likes it too dry or too oily; and as that goes, this one reeks of perfection. There was nothing – beyond the amount and taste of the shrimp – extraordinary about the fried rice, but there wasn’t anything to complain about either.
My dining companion order the chicken and vegetable tempura ($13.99) with comes with either brown, white or fried rice. He chose the fried. I know, one’s heart tightens up when you overuse the word fried.
The tempura comes with both a soy and a creamy-based dipping sauce and the entire dish was met with enthusiasm.
The portion size (!) – just look at the photo. Huge! So, we skipped on dessert, which (from $4.50 to $5.99) include cheesecake tempura and mocha or tempura ice cream.
Saki Japanese Kitchen is great quality, priced right.
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Saki Japanese Kitchen
- 7711 Collier Blvd., Naples