CHIKURIN

>> Tuesday, March 1, 2011

CHIKURIN
110-72 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 263-9888


I'm not going to beat this review to death with flowery prose and lots of photos. Long story short, Pike and I went here for dinner. It stunk. If you want me to expound, read on.



Chikurin is a Japanese restaurant on Queens Boulevard and it was because it was so close to where my friend Pike lives that we decided to go here. (That and the mission of this blog is to go everywhere in the neighborhood.) The interior is plain but bright. The customers were all very young. College age. This is understandable. One of my memories of college include tipping the pizza guy in cigarettes because we ran out of money. At $3 or so a roll and plenty of inexpensive entrees, Chikurin is probably the flat-out cheapest place in the zip code to get sushi.

We were pointed to a table and we sat down. To call our waitress, a woman in her 40s-50s, temperamental would be kind. She was pissed. "Am I giving this woman an attitude and don't realize it?" Pike asked when we told her we needed a couple of more minutes to pick out what we wanted. "It's not you." I told him. "It's her. She's acting like a meanie." Though whether I called her a meanie or something else is hard to recall. My memory's fuzzy on the subject.

Pike ordered the Sashimi Regular, a plate of tuna, salmon and yellowtail. "This isn't good." He told me and left half of the plate untouched. Frankly, that half the plate was eaten was because he gave me some. I agreed. I may not have thought that it was spoiled, but it was tasteless and the pieces were so huge that one might legitimately wonder if they were trying to get rid of it. I ordered three rolls: The Philadelphia Roll, which I typically love but here was not good at all. Funky tasting; The Eel Cucumber Roll, which I also typically love but here was mediocre and boring; The Sweet Potato Roll, which was actually very good. Interesting that it was fishless... Speaking of fishless, we both ordered Miso Soup, which was also good. I guess the moral of the story here is that Chikurin is the sushi restaurant you shouldn't order fish in.

I intended to make this a two-trip review. But truth be told though, there are plenty of good Japanese/sushi places around and this meal was so disappointing that I decided not to spend the money. Let me know how your meals there have been. I'm curious about whether my experience is a common one.

9 comments:

EricMM,  March 1, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

I've tried the Chikurin in Rego Park. I was never very impressed...never seemed quite as bad as your experience, but it was not that great...I think boring is probably the best word.

Susan March 1, 2011 at 8:34 PM  

I think you hit the nail on the head Jon. The fish at Chikurin is horrible. Some of their non-fish items are ok. Where I disagree with you is that you state there are plenty of good sushi restaurants around. The only sushi restaurant I'll frequent these days is Yasu Sushi, which I feel is on par with many of the better sushi restaurants I've eaten at in Manhattan (in regards to the freshness of their fish ... not necessarily their menu options).

Sato used to be pretty good, but started going downhill years ago. Mickey's was just a fun place to eat back in the day, with mediocre-good sushi.

Anonymous,  March 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM  

I highly recommend Katsuno on Metropolitan Ave. It is absolutely superb and fresh and perhaps the best sushi I have found around Queens (though I hear great things about Yasu Sushi too). Katsuno also has great noodle dishes and other non-sushi items. I so wish you would review Katsuno at some point Jon. I very much enjoy reading your reviews!

Jon Parker March 3, 2011 at 8:15 PM  

Yes. Katsuno has a good reputation. They're not only on the list, they're a Facebook fan of mine (not that I will give them extra credit).

Sushi Yasu has been reviewed by me: http://eateryrowforesthills.blogspot.com/2009/02/sushi-yasu.html

Anonymous,  March 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM  

This place is mediocre at best, and the quality of the fish is sub-par. I don't understand how some of my friends recommend this place. Cheap does not = good.
I like Sushi Time the best in FH Proper. Even better than Yasu. Sato was king, but in RP, so I won't comment on it. I've known him from Bonsai Hokkaido days.

Anonymous,  March 21, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

I order delivery from here pretty regularly, and I definitely disagree with you. I find it totally decent and very affordable. I'd love to know what you think the best sushi delivery is (they need to be willing to travel deep into FH Gardens)

Jon Parker March 24, 2011 at 3:10 PM  

Well, I have an aversion to ordering sushi by take out. Something about getting your raw fish a half hour after it's been off the ice doesn't sit well with me. But, quite honestly, any sushi place that delivers at all would probably be better than Chikurin. And I would be shocked to find that there are 11375 zip coded restaurants of any kind that deliver, but not to the Gardens. That seems like a very poor bu$ine$$ deci$ion.

JacquieLH March 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM  

For a week day type takeout/delivery meal, you can't be Sushi Time on Austin. Great service and fresh fish. For a weekend/nice meal out I love Katsuno.

dgol July 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM  

i went to that one once, ant it was terrible.
awful.
but the one in rego park is pretty good. Decent sushi, less than decent tempura, and pretty damn good fried ice cream.

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