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Downtown Dining Week Preview

For Milwaukee restaurants, Downtown Dining Week is the most exciting time of the year – and the 7th annual event is coming up fast! From June 7 through 14, some of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus to showcase some of their favorite and must scrumptious meals. To get pumped for this incredible week of food, Milwaukee Magazine will be randomly selecting three participating restaurants to sample. Be sure to check back here for all the delicious details as well as scope out the menus of all of the participating restaurants!

Second on the menu…

202 W. Wisconsin Ave., milwaukee-sushi.net  

Located in Milwaukee’s bustling downtown district, Kiku’s is perfect for a lunchtime stop with co-workers or a weekend go-to after a busy day of browsing The Shops of Grand Avenue.

Although nervous about the parking situation, my lunch companion headed north on a weekday afternoon to get our raw fish fix at Kiku. Shockingly, parking was a breeze and we were pleased to be seated immediately upon arrival.

To get our meal started, we opted for Gyoza (pork pot stickers) in lieu of edamame. We weren’t disappointed. The pot stickers were moist and satisfying with a dab of soy sauce. After placing an order for Spicy Tuna Sushi Rolls and the Chicken Teriyaki Bento Box, we were treated to our sides of miso soup and salad. The miso soup was a bit too salty for my taste, but the salad was spot on with a zesty dressing and fresh greens.

Already feeling full, our tuna and Bento Box arrived. In my sushi experience, I’ve found that it can be either really good or really bad. That said, Kiku’s sushi fell right in the middle. It wasn’t mind blowing, but it wasn’t bad either. The chicken teriyaki, on the other hand, was delightful. The chicken tasted fresh and the teriyaki dressing flavorful. The addition of a California roll and spring roll completed the meal.

Once again my companion and I were too full for dessert, but be sure to try the Red Bean Ice Cream or Green Tea Ice Cream when you stop by for Downtown Dining Week.

If you go…
Not too crowded and in the middle of everything, Kiku was a perfect stop for a lunchtime meal. However, it might be worth a nighttime stop to take advantage of the full bar. Make a note: Happy Hour prices all day on Mondays. Cheers!

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