Food & Drink

Shiki offers delicious food, comfortable ambiance in Murrells Inlet

By Emily Smith

For The Sun News

Having celebrated their one-year anniversary in April, Shiki Hibachi and Sushi in Murrells Inlet is looking forward to another year to bringing this popular East Asian cuisine to the area. The restaurant is small but not claustrophobic with an interior that really establishes a tranquil atmosphere, complete with Japanese décor.

Families often fill the seats, but Shiki is also a great place for friends to spend time together or for a couple to enjoy a night out. There is a full bar to match the sushi bar where guests can choose to settle and either watch some television or the sushi chef create the next roll.

There is a nice selection of specialties to choose from, and Shiki hasn’t stopped at just sushi rolls and sashimi only. The appetizers consist of Japanese favorites like gyoza and edamame, plus other options such as their chicken lettuce wraps and Pakalolo shrimp which comes with a sweet chili pepper dipping sauce.

Entrees also have some variety, including crispy duck and Thai curry, even pho and pad Thai. Hibachi isn’t left out either, and Shiki also provides teriyaki and tempura entrees. All the lunch and dinner entrees come with rice and the choice of miso soup or a salad.

Shiki’s bento boxes provide a bit more food for the extra hungry guest by adding shumai and a California roll into the mix. The dinner boxes also come with some tempura shrimp, and the prices reflect the addition. Customers can either choose the hibachi style for the main part, or teriyaki style.

The long list of sushi rolls is what really gets people talking, with all the classics from California to Philadelphia, plus a few strictly vegetable only rolls. Chef specialty rolls kick the sushi up a notch with many mouthwatering options like the spider roll or dynamite roll. The creative team in the kitchen also came up with sushi unique to the restaurant, such as the 707 roll and Waccamaw roll.

Shiki’s lunch specials are a great way to get a feel for the menu without spending too much money. Customers who love sushi can order two or three rolls during lunch, or an entrée that piles on fresh raw fish, like the chirashi plate.

However customers will also find a lot to enjoy after the lunch hours have ended, with Shiki offering a sushi happy hour from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. during which guests can enjoy $4 maki rolls and discounted hibachi meals. The bar only Happy Hour begins at 5 p.m. here, but goes on until 9 p.m. which includes lower prices on beers, wines, and house liquor.

Sushi can’t always come out promptly, especially when many rolls are ordered and the chef wants to perfect each and every one. At Shiki, presentation is important part of enjoying sushi and the friendly staff of this young restaurant do everything they can to make it worth the wait.

If You Eat

What | Shiki Hibachi and Sushi

Where | 11907 Highway 707, Murrells Inlet

Hours | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon-Thur, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Fri-Sat, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sun

Information | shikisushimurrellsinlet.com, 843-651-9188

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