I should have written this review years ago and it has been prompted by a bad experience we had at Shogun last night. Not exactly the best food and service at Shogun and certainly not the type of experience we have had at Mikado for 10 years. On behalf of my entire family, we have NEVER had a bad meal at Mikado. Service, food and overall experience is 100% positive. We always leave with a ?doggie bag? because the amount of food received is so generous. Our family actually ?fights? over leftovers the next day. The wait for a table has never been more than 30 minutes. The bar is comfortable and the bartender and waitresses are very quick, friendly and make the wait enjoyable. The food is unmatched in my opinion. The salad dressing alone is worth the trip and we always order a extra salad dressings on the side to use for dipping shrimp and chicken (a great insider tip!). Their appetizer shrimp is a favorite and is always fresh and cooked to perfection ? never undercooked. The fried rice may be our favorite ? perfectly seasoned and perfectly timed to enjoy with the rest of your meal. At Mikado, they don?t use a lot of Teriyaki or sauces to cover the meat or seafood. Their chefs appreciate the freshness and quality of the meats they serve and only use their own seasonings for flavor. They do offer two sauces on the side ? one for meat, one for seafood and both wonderful. We stick with the basics ? shrimp, chicken and steak and always upgrade from sirloin to filet (worth the extra $2). The chefs are much more engaging than other places and the wait staff is very nice and accommodating. Service from the bar to the table is also prompt. They also do not ?rush? your meal. Mikado is the perfect place to take the entire family with reasonable prices (soup, salad, entree and dessert at a pre-fixed price). We live in Brentwood and while Shogun is closer ? The Mikado is worth the drive. I can honestly say that we will never stray away from The Mikado again.
Pros: Rice, Sauces, Dressing, overall quality of food, engaging chefs and friendly servers