Kikaku is a traditional Japanese Restaurant located in Düsseldorf, Germany. It offers limited seating and a small sushi bar and serves a large selection of fish among other common Japanese dishes. Not only due to the large Japanese community in Düsseldorf, the restaurant is frequently visited by Japanese nationals and provides an original atmosphere.
The menu is quite extensive and available in Japanese, English and German. It ranges from classic sushi and sashimi options to dishes like wagyu beef and ankimo (monkfish liver). There are several set menu options available as well as a sushi a la carte section, listing 20+ different fishes to choose from. To make things easy for sashimi aficionados, there are both moriawase and omakase plate options available.
For starters, I tried ika-geso no shichimi yaki (grilled squid tentacles with seven spice hot pepper), a dish to be remembered and recommended to anyone. Still, it was easily outpaced by the following amazing omakase sashimi plate. It contained hamachi (yellowtail), hokkigai (surf clam), hotategei (scallop), o toro (bluefin fatty tuna belly), sake (salmon) and maguro kama no shioyaki (grilled and salted tuna neck). The hotategei and o toro were absolutely delicious, as was the tuna neck.
As a last order, I chose chu toro (bluefin medium fatty tuna) nigiri (the only tuna option left on the menu I didn’t try yet) and unagi (freshwater eel) which was served cold unfortunately. The tuna selection offered at the restaurant is definitely recommendable to anyone looking for decent tuna in Germany and easily outperforms most sushi restaurants in the area.
Sushi Guide Verdict
Kikaku restaurant provides a very traditional and cozy atmosphere and allows visitors with seats at the sushi bar to watch the sushi chef preparing the dishes. The menu options are extensive and the food is superior quality and taste. The restaurant also offers a vast selection of sake and some Japanese beer options. The service was outstanding although a little hasty at times. The staffs is fluent in Japanese, English and German and seems to invite an international crowd. The restaurant closes quite early (10 pm), so it is recommended to go there early in the evening. Among the many sushi restaurant alternatives in Düsseldorf, it is to be highly recommended.
Review date: May 2, 2017