If you live in Ellicott City and you love sushi, there's a great chance that you know about Niko's Sushi Lunch Buffet. Well it has been around for a while and quite popular to all different cultures. Niko is Korean-owned Japanese Restaurant, so if you go to their buffet, you'll be able to taste even some Korean Banchans/sidedishes there as well. (For Example dumplings/mandu and other veggies.)
I love sushi, rolls, sashimi..etc (Koreans have our own style Sashimi too!) and it's the closest one I can go during short Lunch break when I really one something not too greasy and anything with rice. LOL. Niko was really popular and still is but many people claim that Niko changed little bit...that their sashimi(raw fish)...got little "too thin," they say... Usually buffet sushi or rolls are packed with rice and less of sashimi and Niko 'used to' have smaller version of sushi so better to taste all different kinds but I do agree that they started to add more rice than usual. But hey, I think it's still Okay for lunch. Well, shall we see the picture?
First of all, if i remember it right it was $11 something. I didn't get to take a picture of the food stand..(sorry) but here's what I ate. I asked for 'hot water' and got hot tea...I like to eat hot water with anything! Oh and I love ginger with Sushi! Wonderful pairing.
Korean Rice with Kimchi, Jjajangmyun with Danmuji(pickled radish), and Sushi with ginger is what I say about perfect food pairings. And I'm sure lots of people would agree with me! Yay! Also Miso soup is always good too! I usually ask for seconds..this place doesn't have self-serve soup station so it was kinda intimidating to ask for seconds but I got my second serving anyway.
And just a close up of the plate from the previous one. I also love Japanese style seaweed salad! So I always get one with seaweed salad on top (like the second roll from the top)! Yummy! There are many different kinds so try them all, if you don't get full before you get to try them all! (So I just get couple rolls and start on nigiri sushi. LOL)
Niko Restaurant is located in Normandy Shopping Center at
8450 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043