Driving down Schuylkill Road through Phoenixville, PA it is easy to pass by Liki Sushi and Hibachi. It is nestled at the end of a row of storefronts, all with the same black and white signs. Last night, I decided to give Liki a try and I can say with absolute certainty, that it will be hard to drive by again without stopping in for a bite. This sushi was some of the best that I’ve had in the area and I have been to many sushi places. I dare say it is on par if not better than Kooma in West Chester, PA and Bonjung in Collegeville, PA (my other favorite). I was there on a Friday night around 6 and we had no trouble getting a table, but by the time we left it had filled up considerably.
The ambiance of Liki is very open and welcoming. The staff is very attentive from the moment you enter to the moment you leave. Decor has a classic Japanese influence, with beautiful lattice woodwork gracing the walls and frosted onto the windows. It also has a bit of an aquatic feel when it comes to their lighting, as it reminds you of an aquarium with bubbly clear blue lamps that hang over the tables. There is a separate room for hibachi, so the area for entrees and sushi is fairly quiet and intimate. I must say, it sounded like they were having a lot of fun in the adjoining hibachi room. I plan to go back and try their hibachi next time. Liki’s menu had all types of different rolls and Japanese entrees to satisfy every preference. The sushi menu is unique here in that they incorporate a lot of fruit into their rolls, which may seem strange to some but it is delicious, I assure you. One thing that caught my eye and made my mouth water, was a long list of Daily Specials which offered some unique rolls for the day. Needless to say, they had me with the Daily Special sign by the door, so that made up a majority of the meal.
As an appetizer we got the Kani Salad, which consisted of the perfect blend of crabmeat (which was generous), cucumber, and spicy mayo dressing. It was VERY good, some of the best Kani Salad I have had in awhile and they did not skimp on the portion size. For the main course, we chose three special rolls; two of which were from the Daily Specials menu. We tried the Hot and Spicy Roll (daily speical):cooked spicy white tuna, cucumber, with spicy squid salad on top; Funny Roll (daily special): lobster, avocado, topped with tempura crunch, salmon, jalapeno and spicy mayo; Liki Roll: lobster, asparagus, tempura crunch on top with mango, and mango sauce. All three were positively delicious. I am talking eyes rolling in your head and “Oh my goshing” in between bites. There was not one I can say I liked better than the other. Each had it’s own unique burst of flavor and although we got some spicy items, they were not overpowering. If these choices don’t sound good to you, I can assure you there is a variety of sushi rolls to satisfy everyone on their menu.
In addition to the the food here being wonderful, the prices for the Special Rolls ranged from the low to mid teens. Liki is very reasonably priced with their menu and they are also BYOB, which is always good for a nice night out without breaking the bank. I strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Japanese or is trying it for the first time. In my opinion Liki rates at four and a half out of five stars. So, if you’re in the mood for some sushi or you’re feeling adventurous and want to try Japanese cuisine for the first time, go for it! I would not be surprised if you see me there chowing down. Happy adventures, my fellow foodies!