Ballwin >Nippon Tei
Best sushi in town. Nippon Tei was wonderful! I love sushi and have been trying restaurants around the city to find the best place to go. Well, so far it is Nippon Tei. Wow! I was amazed at the quality of the sushi. I always manage to order too much but I get the leftovers to go and eat the next day. I must say, the second day was as good as the first -- and that has never happened before! The Zen and Alaska rolls were fabulous! The white tuna was marvelous. They provide plenty of wasabi and fresh ginger, which is important if you ask me. The atmosphere was very pleasant and rather contemporary. The waiter was very quiet and helpful. He was attentive but didn't constantly bother us. My husband doesn't care for sushi so he had a lovely Teryiaki steak. I will go back to Nippon Tei. I have tried Wasabi Sushi Bar, Nobu's Japanese Restaurant, Tachibana's, and Bento's and Nippon Tei is by far the best. Outstanding!
New Gratuity Policy.
Our family of five has been dining at Nippon Tei for over six years now. The sushi has always be high quality and the atmosphere is nice.
Unfortunately management has recently imposed a gratuity on the tab. Its about 18.5%. This was the first time we had ever encountered the mandatory gratuity for a party of five (not sure if the mandatory gratuity would apply for a party less than five). A tip is not a tip at Nippon Tei anymore.....is a surcharge.......
Summary - The sushi is quite good - just be prepared to pay an extra 18.5% +/- regardless of the level of service.
BEST SUSHI IN ST LOUIS!!!!!.
Nippon Tei is my favorite sushi place! Always get the freshest fish and the best service. I have been to just about every sushi joint in St Louis, and this one's got heart. Best price for value in the St Louis area. Period. There are a lot of other places I like, but I keep coming back to Nippon Tei.
Whitney is the best sushi chef in St Louis. If you sit at the bar, you can see her skill first-hand. She not only uses traditional techniques but also knows how to make a customer feel at home. Rarely do you feel like you have a friend you can trust making your sushi, but she recognized me the second time I came and made me feel like I had found my home. I usually end up getting at least twice as much fish as I would at any other place in St Louis and at a better quality standard. An all-around incredible experience every time I go. Recommend this place to everyone I know (sushi-lover or not). Wish I had a Nippon Tei next door. I have been there about 100 times and have never been disappointed. THIS IS GOOD PEOPLE!!!
Excellent Rainbow Roll. The caviar on top was a surprising touch. The flavor of the roll was fantastic. The interior california roll is rolled with the rice on the outside so this makes the pieces a little difficult to manage. However, it was definitely worth the effort.
Don't waste your time or money. My husband and I had heard that Nippon Tei was one of the best places to get sushi in the area. We went for lunch, the restaurant was not packed by any means. We had to flag someone down to take our sushi order after we had filled it in, then wait 40 minutes to get it! And there were 2 sushi chefs working. A couple came in about 10 minutes after us, ordered sushi and had it delivered and eaten by the time ours was brought to the table. We have never walked out of a restaurant but we came really close. The service was a bare minimum. No one even checked to see how we were doing. We had to beg for the bill. Never going back! Better service at a McDonalds!
small towns should not critque great food. I have been a patron for many yrs. Let me start by saying, unless you are well versed in ethnic (esp Japanese cuisine) dining, and pls tell me you are from a cultural metro city (NY, LA, CHGO, etc), DO NOT WRITE REVIEWS ON SOMETHING OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE!!!!! I love STL but for a city that brags about toasted rav (a product found in the freezer section of ev grocers) leave the reviews for the pros. If you are going out to lunch.....tell the waiter you are pressed for time!!!!! WOW what a concept. Whitney (one of the best sushi chefs) and Brian (one of the best servers in the biz) are most efficient and attentive. I have spent a half hour if cramped for time. And I've spent 2 hours as well because they are experts in the field of quality & presentation. I have been eating sushi for at least 23 yrs. and in STL you can always go to Bentos....oops they closed...or Oshiana.....no variety or atmosphere.....or Drunken Fish....Known for their alcohol rather than food...or the once reknown Tachibana....well there is a fall for all business...or you can sit back, relax, and experience fine sushi dining in a town where olive garden, pasta house, and fast food reigns....#1 sushi is Nippon Tei.
Awful experience at lunch today. Slow service. Warm sushi..
Awful experience at lunch today. They had plenty of cooks, waitstaff, busboys,... and were not very crowded,... but the service was extremely extremely slow - 2 hours for lunch.
I watched plates of sushi/sashimi sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes before they were delivered to tables. Our order was one of those. By the time we got it, it had warmed almost to room temperature.
We got there at 11:30,... there were only 2 other groups there before us. Our order was small and uncomplicated. We got the first part of our food (6 pieces of nigri sushi) about an hour later. We didn't get the rest of our food (2 rolls) until another half hour later. We finally paid and walked out nearly 2 hours after we arrived.
We've had that lunch experience several times. I need to remember not to ever go there for lunch again (or dinner for that matter). Nobu's, Seki's, Wasabi are so much better, even without the service problems.
Best Sushi in St. Louis 8 Years and running.
The fact you can't even get a table most Friday and Saturdays tells you how excellent the food and service is.
It is Family owned and operated for over 8 years now. One of the 3 sisiters Whitney is the most incredible sushi chef I have ever seen any where in the country.
Prices are very reasonable and the quality is the best.
It is obvious that some of these reviews were written by competitors. Tachibana is the dirtiest sushi bar in St. Louis.
MUST GO!!!. We've been here 3 times and only once was it slightly less than perfect! Best sushi in town. Sometimes the service is a little slow...but it's worth it! Update...the past 2 times have been very dissapointing. Staying away for a while. Poorly rolled and mostly rice!
Great Place!. We've been several times over the past year and it's always been excellent. I recommend calling ahead because it can get pretty crowded. (I have no idea when that other person went but they have been busy all but 1 out the 10 times I've been.) It's got great atmosphere. Terrific for a date or just a fun night out!
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