First Look: Sushi Bistro Rolls Sushi and Hibachi Into a Single Concept in Downtown Kirkwood [Photos]

Sashimi martini ($8.95). - Mabel Suen
Mabel Suen
Sashimi martini ($8.95).

In late February, Kirkwood welcomed a new seafood-centric restaurant to town: Sushi Bistro (343 South Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-966-5545). The sushi bar and hibachi grill is run by owners Jimmy Li and Zhenkun Lin with chef Andy Chi, whose experience comes from rolling sushi on the East Coast for ten years.

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"We've always worked together since we opened our first restaurant in Florida. We're good friends," Li says. "Our food is all very fresh and very special."

Upon entering the restaurant, located in the same strip mall as Manila Bistro, Gut Check notes that it's a pretty natural pick for a low-key dinner or romantic date. The dimly lit dining room filled with wooden tables, and padded seats gets bathed in contrasting blue and yellow hues via lighting above the half-moon-shaped sushi bar.

Sushi Bistro business partners Andy Chi, Zhenkun Lin and Jimmy Li. - Mabel Suen
Mabel Suen
Sushi Bistro business partners Andy Chi, Zhenkun Lin and Jimmy Li.

A voice coos soothingly from softly played Brazilian music over the restaurant's sound system and a couple of muted TVs in the room are set to display sports and Animal Planet. Li himself seats and serves patrons, while Lin works the grill in the kitchen and Chi prepares rolls and more behind the bar.

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