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Chow time

Chow’s Chinese Restaurant

3033 N. May Ave.


What works: Dumplings, anything with ginger-scallion sauce, and lots more.

What needs work: Watch out for the raw garlic.

Tip: Take-out is a big time-saver.

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Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

2106 SW 44th St.


What works: The friendly staff and authentic food give guests a true Peruvian experience.

What needs work: The small restaurant is kind of difficult to spot.

Tip: The choritos a la chalaca are a must-try for seafood fans.

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OKG eat: Highfalutin dining

You don’t have to be a millionaire or a head of state to eat like one. While dining like a king every night might quickly take its toll on your pocketbook, sometimes it feels good to eat like a well-heeled big wheel. For a special occasion or maybe just as a special treat, look no farther than these upscale eateries to tempt your taste buds and delight your palate.

— By Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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OKG7 eat: Fresh off the farm

There was a time not too terribly long ago in Oklahoma City when there was a chain on every corner and the closest you could get to local was to make a trip to your farmers market and make the food yourself. We always celebrate all things local, and luckily, it’s getting easier for OKC restaurants to incorporate locally grown, all- natural ingredients into what they offer.

— By Devon Green

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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OKG7 eat: Soccer pub crawl

Football season is finally here! We call it soccer, but that doesn’t have to stop you from indulging in two favorite European traditions: walking and pub crawling. Since the Energy FC games will be alcohol-free, we’ve created a list of pubs and taverns within walking distance from Clement E. Pribil Stadium at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.

— by Devon Green 

photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman

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Restaurant Reviews

You say ‘neck-o,’ I say ‘knee-ko’

Any way you pronounce it, Sushi Neko has a stellar menu for all to enjoy.

Greg Elwell September 19th, 2012

Sushi Neko
4318 N. Western

What works:
top-notch nigiri, spicy miso and gyoza
What needs work:
Watch what you’re spending. It adds up fast.
Reservations aren’t always necessary, but it’s nice to have a guaranteed seat.

Sushi is not about raw fish. I mean, it is, sometimes, but it’s also about artistry and skill. The best sushi combines excellent flavor with immaculate presentation and perfect construction.

It should not be a shock to anyone who has dined in Oklahoma City that all this can be found at Sushi Neko.

I’m never sure how to pronounce the name. Neck-o? Knee-ko? Not that it matters, I guess. However you say it, people know what you’re talking about and are generally excited to go.

Inside, Sushi Neko is a feast for the eyes. Small tables, raised platforms, special booths, stools at the bar: It’s a lovely space where it’s hard to find a bad seat. We were seated in a dark little alcove. I preferred to think of it as romantic, rather than accepting that management didn’t want me scaring away the normal-looking people.

The starter menu has several options, but none so inviting as the gyoza ($7). Six delicate pork dumplings are served steamed and seared with a salty dipping sauce. They are best shared, so everybody is making the same stupid “Oh, sweet Thor, these are good” faces.

Another wonderful option is the spicy miso soup ($3). The orangish broth conceals a few secrets that aren’t hard to suss out. One large, perfectly cooked shrimp. A tender, grit-free scallop. And a mussel, still on the shell. If you’re in the mood for a light meal, the spicy miso with a couple pieces of nigiri sushi will do you well.

But I am not a man who is often in such a mood. I wanted more. So, so much more.

The fatty tuna nigiri (market) was a highlight and the mackerel nigiri ($3.89) was cut perfectly, supple and substantial. I was quite taken with the  smoked trout nigiri ($4.79), as well, although it is certainly a departure from the rest of the menu with its firm texture and assertive flavor.

A moment, please, to discuss the Philadelphia roll ($6). Neko’s version has smoked salmon, cream cheese and asparagus. This, in my estimation, should replace the California roll as everyone’s “starter sushi.” It’s simple, flavorful and non-intimidating.

My wife and I disagreed on the Triple Delight roll ($6). While we both liked the flavor of the tempura avocado, sweet potato and asparagus, with eel sauce on top, I found the texture a little off-putting.

There were no such disagreements about the Lifesaver roll ($14). With an interior of crab salad and tempura bacon, the real show is up top, where chefs layer cuts of fish and avocado and lemon. If you’re not terrified of rainbows, this should probably be your favorite roll.

I also had the Terry roll ($10) with crab, tempura shrimp and avocado wrapped in soy paper and garnished with Japanese mayo. Mayo on sushi? Yes. While not my favorite, at least Neko has a light hand with it and you can scrape it off if it’s not your bag.

Do you like sushi? Are you willing to pay a premium for atmosphere and attention to detail? Then Sushi Neko should be your next stop.

Oklahoma Gazette’s restaurant review policy is to highlight the positive aspects, and include constructive criticism regarding food, ambience or service when appropriate.

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10.02.2012 at 04:28 Reply

Just in case it is keeping you up at night... it is "neck-o," and it means cat in Japanese. Also, I think their udon is pretty %u304A%u3044%u3057. You should try it, especially now that it is fall.