It seems like Ballard has a sushi place on every corner lately. Moshi Moshi (yuck, I got food poisoning there..), O'shan, the list goes on. We finally decided to try Shiku.
Shiku is located right in the heart of Old Ballard, down the street from La Carta. It has a pretty non-descript exterior and may be out-shined by the nearby Moshi Moshi and their lit up "christmas tree". Shiku is good. is it great, well, no. But it's solid.
Fried Stuffed Jalapenos $6
I am a sucker for anything with Jalapenos. These slices of Jalapeno are stuffed with crab and cream cheese, breaded and deep fried. The only disappointment - They aren't whole Jalapenos, they are just quartered, seeded, then stuffed with crab/cream cheese. The julienne cucumber and carrots had no seasoning, so were just really there to look pretty - They didn't go well with the Jalapenos. The sauce was a mayo based sauce, and I could lose that, due to the richness of the cream cheese. For $6, these aren't bad. They weren't very spicy, but that may be due to the season. I may have to try these again during summer when Jalapenos are hotter!
Pork Gyoza $6 ($5 during Happy Hour)
The Pork Gyoza was good - rather than pan fried, these are deep fried, which made them crispy and moist on the inside. They were pretty good.
Yakitori Trio $8 ($5 during Happy Hour)
The Yakitori Trio was great! The charred beef was excellent, and the chicken was moist and full of flavor. Our pork was borderline, undercooked, but neither of us got sick, if we order this again, we'd probably ask that they cook the pork well. This is definitely worth a try during Happy Hour. It's not really worth $8, so the non-HH price seems kind of high.
L to R: Crispy Spicy Tuna Roll ($4 HH), Salt & Pepper Roll ($6 HH,
Spicy Tuna Roll ($7.50, $4 HH)
The rolls were ok. definitely not worth full price, but happy hour prices are great. We tried the Crispy Spicy Tuna Roll - It's basically deep fried tempura sushi rice topped with spicy tuna, avocado and jalapeno. It was ok. I don't think I care for crunch rolls. The Salt & Pepper Roll is an avocado roll topped with seared Escolar and salt and pepper. It was a little bland and could have used more pepper. And the Spicy Tuna Roll, nothing unique, just a spicy tuna roll. I do like that the sushi is small, and they are bite sized, as opposed to the giant sushi you find in restaurants now.
I think Shiku is a good place for Happy Hour. Maybe a bit overpriced during regular hours.
5301 Ballard Ave
Seattle, WA 98107
Hours: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:30pm - Midnight
Saturday 12:00pm - Midnight
Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Friday - Saturday 11:00pm - Midnight
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm