Restaurants to Try: Koizi Endless Hibachi & Sushi Eatery
One of the things that I know that I will miss the most from NY/NJ is the seafood, especially Japanese Cuisine.
I know great Japanese all-you-can-eat restaurants like IchiUmi, Minado and Mitsuwa, all located in New Jersey. The quality is always superb. The flavors are mouth-watering and they never limit the quantity you can order.
I have been looking for a similar restaurant in the Tampa Bay area/Clearwater. I came across Koizi Endless Hibachi & Sushi Eatery. We decided to give it a try because we are seriously going through a Japanese food withdrawal. We miss it that much.
The quality of the fish is sushi grade. The amount you eat in very, very limited. It is not like the name of the restaurant says, “Endless.” It does have an end, and if you don’t want it to end, you have to pay extra. I am used to eating 50 pieces with Honey Bunch, but at Koizi, we were limited to only six pieces per person. You can order three different types of fish and each order comes with two pieces.
The salad shouldn’t be called a salad. It is just lettuce and the seasoning barely tastes like ginger.
The way the restaurant works is that you have to pay for every piece of sushi that you don’t finish. Therefore, if you didn’t like the roll, you are paying for it on top of the “endless” price. We ordered “Pink Lady Roll,” “Koizi Roll” and “Rainbow Roll.” We liked the “Pink Lady Roll” the most.
We ordered Pad Thai as well. It didn’t come with jumbo shrimp or chicken and it has very few peanuts. It wasn’t very authentic.
The dessert was very limited including the amount of scoops of ice cream you get. They just offer a variety of ice creams and mini fried donuts. The green tea flavor one was very light. It was nothing compared to the ones I have made myself or tasted it before.
Overall, the restaurant is worth to try. I suggest you go in very hungry and take advantage of it as much as you can. The rice in the sushi will fill you up pretty fast. The flavors are okay and the ambiance is low-key and comfortable. I just wish the menu was really “endless.”
Koizi Endless Hibachi & Sushi Eatery
17012 Palm Pointe Drive, Tampa, FL 33647
This is not a paid advertisement. I do like this restaurant just a bit.