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Sekisui Pacific Rim has no problem making the grade

Sekisui Pacific Rim strives for a lounge-loft ambiance that it doesn't quite pull off. Housed in what was originally downtown Clayton's Famous-Barr, the space was awkwardly carved into an eatery a few dead restaurants ago. The ceilings are high and the ductwork is exposed, and pieces of modish artwork are hung here and there along the stark white walls. There's even a corner near the bar where three humongous black bean bags seemingly encourage boozy lolling-about, and a swanky cocktail menu to match: more than 30 concoctions that, like the signature sushi items, refrain from getting full-on cutesy; even a drink as silly-sounding as Barrel Full of Monkeys (hazelnut and banana liqueurs, crème de cacao, orange juice and cream) tastes mature and stiff, while the wasabitini takes its cue from a bloody mary and adds just a whiff of knock-you-down wasabi. But the overall character of the place still feels a bit staid and hushed.

Honor roll: Chef Phong Senethavilay prepares gold-star-worthy sushi.
Jennifer Silverberg
Honor roll: Chef Phong Senethavilay prepares gold-star-worthy sushi.

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Sekisui Pacific Rim

7443 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO 63105

Category: Restaurant > Asian Fusion

Region: Clayton

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Ocean pyramid $9.95
Halibut $16.95
Shellfish Gorgonzola fettuccine $24.95
Conch salad $6.95

314-726-0033. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; dinner 5 p.m.- midnight Mon.-Thu., 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.

7443 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton

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So maybe the new kid could stand to play up its youthfulness some more. But when it comes to the food, Sekisui Pacific Rim is clearly an all-star overachiever.

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