i came to kiku twice but only intended one visit and this was to use another group buy coupon. the first time i went, it was at lunch and they did not let me but decided to stay anyways and returned for dinner another day.
they are known for special rolls and lunch/dinner combos so this is what we ordered on visit 1:
lucky choice combo ($8.25): choice of 3 items with miso soup including rolls, nigiri or appetizer/small entrees.
house roll: my favourite one of the three, this was packed with crab meat and quite large in size! they didnt skimp on the filling of salmon either and it ended up being quite tasty.
chicken teriyaki roll: not bad, sauce was super sweet but again, lots of filling although theres LOTS of rice which made me realize i should've just ordered a chicken teriyaki instead of the roll.
spicy salmon roll: quite a bit of salmon but sauce tastes like straight siracha and wasnt actually mixed into the roll either...again LOTS of rice.
tuna oil tataki ($9.95): just like tuna tataki except with a strong oil, sesame and soy sauce base topped with green onions and ginger. the tuna was alright...strangely cut but seared nicely. the sauce was a bit salty but went well with the tataki. it was quite a large portion for the price and we enjoyed this!
on visit 2, we used the coupon which included a choice of appetizer, chicken teriyaki either rolls or nigiri and sashimi and ends with green tea ice cream. this "meal" was around 13 dollars so we didnt save MUCH but thats what happens sometimes.
spicy salmon roll (same as above): ordered on top of deal
chicken teriyaki: small portion of chicken was served lukewarm but the chicken wasnt tough or dry so thats a plus!
gyoza: very poorly made...all ripped up at the bottom
nigiri and sashimi: sashimi spicy sauce tasted just like siracha but the nigiri were fine.
winter dynamite roll ($6.50): this was pretty expensive but the best part of our meal. they have both california and dynamite winter rolls which mean it is topped with some chopped scallop and a motoyaki type sauce then lightly seared. this was actually a very tasty combo and my friend and i both would return for this.
half of our sushi spread
green tea ice cream: a sweeter end to the meal.
overall: i would come back for certain things but i felt their cooked food was very chinese style (as evidenced by their mandarin speaking chefs and servers. their lunch specials are a good deal though as their rolls aren't small but are packed with rice.
also, i felt the food tasted better without the coupon. hope theyre not one of "those" restaurants...