Food always tastes better using chopsticks


Olimpia Hostetler

The Alaskan Roll at Niko Niko Sushi is one of the best items on the menu.

Susan Krkasharian, Staff Writer

Although crowded and noisy, this little restaurant that looks a bit shabby on the outside, serves the best sushi available in both the Glendale and Burbank areas. Though it is always stuffed with people, one can walk in to Niko Niko Sushi and get seated in under five minutes. The food takes even less time to prepare, and the service is undeniably amazing.

Once one tastes the food at Niko Niko Sushi, it is impossible to go back and eat sushi in other restaurants. The fish is tender and has a uniquely savory flavor. The rice is neither raw nor overcooked, creating an ideal texture that almost melts before one has the chance to swallow.

Niko Niko Sushi even offers to take out that frustrating seaweed enclosure that one’s teeth never seem to be able to chew off. Instead, in order to prevent the sushi from falling apart, the chefs replace the seaweed with a roll of rice paper, which lacks the relishing taste of seaweed but makes eating more convenient.

The best item on the menu is the Alaska roll; however, those who shy away from extravagant flavors and nontraditional dishes should order the California roll. While the California roll solely contains avocado, cucumber and crab meat, the Alaska Roll consists of a spicy California roll and smelt egg topped with salmon tempura and a drizzle of their sweet sauce.

A menu item typically available at any sushi restaurant is garlic edamame; however, it is not prepared well at Niko Niko Sushi. It is not as savory as it should be, and the chefs do not use nearly enough garlic to fully coat the edamame.

Nevertheless, Niko Niko Sushi serves sushi that people residing in different cities travel to eat. It does not compare to other sushi restaurants that serve food lacking flavor and appealing texture. Once having eaten there, other sushi restaurants will seem to not even exist.

Contact Info:

Niko Niko Sushi

1212 North San Fernando Blvd

Burbank, CA 91504

(818) 848-2224

Hours: Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm