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“We wanted more and expected better”
Review of Shiki

Shiki
Ranked #65 of 89 Restaurants in Cody
Cuisines: Japanese
Description: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shiki-japanese-restaurant-cody
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Description: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shiki-japanese-restaurant-cody
Reviewed 6 September 2013

Sashimi (Maguro) was very good but the rest of our meal was neither authentic or delicious. JUST OK. Server was polite and did his job very well but the food was just not what we hoped for. I think the owner is actually Japanese but the rest of the staff may not be as authentic so the food may have suffered on that account. We didn't expect it to be like the Limani in Okinawa, but we did hope for better. See our review of the Chop House in Cody. We were there 3 days and ate at several eateries. Its a better choice.

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Reviewed 20 August 2013 via mobile

Upon entering the restaurant I was promptly greeted and seated. The restaurant decor was nice. I started my meal with the pork dumpling soup, Wow. The soup was delicious and very filling. For the main course I had a spicy tuna roll, the JB roll and the Hawaiian Boco roll. I know a lot of food right. I always over order when it comes to sushi. Everything was perfect, I would highly recommend this restaurant. I will definitely be back.

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Thank DaveWollmanSr
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

You can’t say it gets any more unique than a Japanese restaurant sitting just a block or two from Buffalo Bill’s famous old “Hotel in the Rockies”, The Irma, on main street in Cody, WY. It may not be as unusual as you would think, considering one piece of local history: Heart Mountain. Shiki sits about 10 miles south of Heart Mountain itself, and about 12 miles southwest of its infamous namesake: The Heart Mountain relocation center. One of several Japanese internment camps set up in World War II by the U.S. Government. Makes the fact that Shiki is here all that more interesting.

Shiki is a simple restaurant, with a series of tables up front that would not be out of place if this were a casual diner. There are a few seats at the “Sushi bar” on the left, and a series of Japanese style booths along the right wall further inside. The rectangular tables invite you to take your shoes off, and sit at the low central table. I believe there are some private rooms further back, but I didn’t go far enough in to see them.

It took four or five minutes for the waiter to greet us and to take our drink order: water and an unsweetened tea. It took about the same amount of time to get them to our table. I should add there were only two other tables here at 1:00 in the afternoon. This delay gave us plenty of time to peruse the menu. The selection is fair, with a number of “locally inspired” rolls, such as the Heart Mountain, the Cody, etc. We settled on two bowls of “Spicy Fish Soup” to start,(at $6.00 each) , and to split a 10 piece “Volcano Roll”, and one other 8 piece roll ($10.00) that I don’t recall the name of. We ordered, and once again, the wait was moderate, at 8 to 10 minutes, just to get our soup.

So here comes the soup. One word – Phenomenal. One of the best things I have eaten in a long time. Pleasing warm chunks of tuna, nicely firmed by the hot broth, a flaky white fish, shrimp, thinly sliced carrots and scallions, and the most fantastic “just right” spicy broth. There was also a small scallop left clinging to its parental shell nestled along the side of the bowl (as seen in the accompanying photo). I can’t recommend this dish enough. Go just for this. Sell something if you have to, to get this soup. Was there a down side? Yep – heavily chipped soup bowl (see pic). Not a proper bowl for broth this good.

Just as we were finishing our soup, the sushi rolls arrived. They were warm, as if the rice had just come out of the pot. Unfortunately, this translated to two roll that fell apart when you tried to lift them, with none of the firm texture I am used to when hefting sushi with a set of chopsticks. The Volcano roll was especially difficult to eat, as it had a warm crab mixture on top that made it hard to delineate where one piece ended and the next piece began. It was flavorful enough, with cucumber and cream cheese to accompany the deep fried crab, but only OK. The same lack of firmness applied to the second roll, which had eel, scallions and a spicy mayo tucked inside. OK, but also hard to handle. This whole thing was accompanied by a sufficient amount of wasabi and ginger, as well as a couple of little mixing dishes for the soy sauce.

We wished to know what type of white fish and spice was in the soup, so we asked our waiter for that info. After he checked with the “Sushi chef”, he told us no one in the kitchen knew what the ingredients were. This was disappointing to say the least. We also found out later that they have a lunch special Monday through Friday, but this was not mentioned. If it was noted on the menu, we certainly missed it.

So the good parts – Sushi in Cody and the most wonderful Spicy Fish Soup I’ve ever had. The bad parts – Slow service, so-so structurally flawed sushi rolls, a lack of ingredient knowledge, minimal décor, high prices, and a “tired” feel to the place.

One ice tea, two bowls of soup, two sushi rolls, a moderate tip, and a $50 bill and I parted company there. Pretty expensive for what we got, but it was my daughter’s birthday weekend, and hey, she felt like sushi, and we were in Cody. I would come back for the soup, and would give the sushi one more try, but I will definitely come back for that soup.

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Reviewed 4 August 2013

There is something for everyone. The Teri Chicken is amazing! There is everything, sushi, tempura, teri, almost anything! Great place to eat. Very friendly staff.

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Thank Tanner103
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Reviewed 21 June 2013 via mobile

Shiki is our favorite restaurant in Cody. We have a family with diverse tastes and everyone can find something they enjoy. The food is delicious and high quality. I was an exchange student in Japan so I've enjoyed authentic Japanese. Shiki presents many dishes that are beautiful, but also authentic in flavor and style.

Our favorites are JB Tempura roll, Salmon, chicken and beef teriyaki, eel roll, salmon carpaccio and the miso soup is delicious.

I highly recommend Shiki to anyone looking for a quality Japanese culinary experience.

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