The small city of Middletown, Connecticut has several good sushi restaurants in its downtown area.
While Middletown is probably fast becoming best known as the hometown of NASCAR phenom Joey Logano, in recent years, downtown Middletown has come a very long way in terms of its dining options and nightlife.
Nearly desolate during the night in the 1980s and most of the 1990’s, today Middletown offers a veritable melting pot of great ethnic food. As it has through its history, Middletown has great Italian restaurants. In addition, it has some great Asian fusion places as well.
In fact, Middletown has nearly as many good sushi restaurants as does the nearby by much larger city of Hartford. The following are the two best sushi restaurants in Middletown, Connecticut.
Osaka Japanese Steak House
130 Main Street
Osaka is a good sushi place known best for their ‘specialty sushi rolls’ such as the Monkey Roll. It is also a popular destination for students and happy hour celebrants as its sake is very good and its bar fully stocked with top shelf liquor.
In addition to the ‘extras’, however, Osaka has arguably the best quality sushi in the Middletown, Connecticut area. Its sushi is always fresh and well prepared and even so-called ‘sushi snobs’ that I know have given it the ‘thumbs up’.
If there is one complaint about Osaka is that the bill can run a bit to the high side. Not that you will leave with a ‘ripped off’ feeling, but between the drinks and the premium charged for the speciality rolls, you will spend perhaps a bit more than what you would have expected.
Mikado Japanese Restaurant
3 Melilli Plaza
While it offers other Japanese specialties such as tempura, udon and donburi, Mikado’s signature is its sushi. They offer every type of sushi imaginable and will definitely defy the stereotype of sushi in a small town.
Also, its sake selection is excellent and creative. Special sake drinks such as their ‘Beauty Saketini’, the ‘Pearl Plum Saketini’ and the ‘Green Tea Saketini’ provide the Middletown area with its most exotic and interesting cocktail collection.
Mikado also offers a great Japanese accented desert menu with selections such as Mochi (a traditional Japanese ice cream cake) and tempura deep fried bananas.
Mikado is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner. They offer a separate menu for each, lunch specials and a children’s’ menu.
So if you live in the Middletown, Connecticut area, attend Wesleyan University, or are visiting for work, there are some excellent choices for sushi, sake and a good time.