Award winning Sushi and Hibachi at Saiko-i!

November 10, 2018


Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi restaurant, brought to Central Boca by Jason Zheng and Tina Wang, the husband-and-wife restaurateur duo behind celebrated Yakitori Sake House in East Boca, is South Florida’s hottest new authentic Japanese dining experience with a Pan-Asian influence to feature sushi and hibachi under one roof. Located in the Shops at Village Pointe shopping center, Saiko-i’s corner unit comes with a storied past as Boca Raton nightlife hotspot Gatsby’s, with a lively interior setting that promises the same for diners at the reimagined space.

An expansion of the celebrated East Boca mainstay Yakitori, Saiko-i’s menu features sushi and entrées diners have become familiar with in addition to inventive new dishes from the kitchen as well as at the hibachi table. A buildout three and a half years in the making, owners Jason and Tina took over the space after receiving regular requests to serve hibachi at Yakitori, executing a stunning buildout featuring an expansive hibachi dining room, a roomy interior marble bar flanked by tufted leather booths, an open exhibition sushi bar and private Tatami Rooms for an intimate dining experience.

After working in the restaurant industry for the majority of their lives, Jason and Tina were excited to expand on their prior success with Yakitori – voted a Best of Boca Restaurant by Boca Life Magazine – on a grander scale while providing the signature hospitality they have become known for. “We connect with our guests through our food and the passion we put into every dish, but we love the chance to guide them through a delicious experience as we get to know them and their tastes,” explains Tina. “When you combine quality ingredients with a fun and welcoming atmosphere, there is nothing you cannot do. It makes all the hard work worth it.”

Upon entry into the 7,000 square-foot space, guests are greeted by a 10-foot tall gilded Buddha welcoming them to feast their eyes on 11 state-of-the-art hibachi stoves reaching up to 550-degrees and covering over 165-square feet of heated surface in total. Specialty range hoods transport all hibachi smoke straight up and out of the restaurant to keep it smoke- and odor-free. Hired for their experience working at iconic establishments including Saito and Benihana, hibachi chefs at Saiko-i always deliver an exciting performance for diners of all ages. Adjacent to the lively dining room, a 580-bottle sake and wine display showcases a variety of bottles from the familiar to the rare.

Saiko-i’s spacious yet warm dining space is the perfect spot for any event from baby showers to graduations to retirement parties – and the restaurant accommodates private parties in a full-space buyout for larger-than-life celebrations. Guests can opt to dine in any of the restaurant’s inspired interior areas in addition to outdoor seating accessible via the central bar whose accordion doors open up to a spacious and quiet courtyard hidden away from the bustling Boca traffic.

Serving up fresh-made Japanese dishes with their own twist or inclusion of unique ingredients, Saiko-i’s menu leaves nothing to be desired. From Winter Truffle with White Tuna to Jason’s famous New Style Salmon Sashimi with fresh Asian pear, sea salt, truffle oil and dry miso powder, to Chu Chu Lobster with Maine lobster, seared pepper tuna and coconut guacamole, every dish is a melding of flavors that complement one another without competition. Noodle lovers will rejoice in ample selections ranging from Noodle Soup Bowls to Noodle Stir Fry to calm any craving.

Sushi-grade fish is delivered daily, with deliveries hailing from local fisheries as well as directly from Japan, and diners can expect fish specials to rotate with seasonality to ensure peak flavor – and the sushi chefs even get creative with their wrap options, offering traditional seaweed along with soy paper and cucumber. Guests with dietary restrictions don’t have to make sacrifices at Saiko-i, whose chefs deftly navigate their extensive roster of ingredients to accommodate everything from gluten free to vegan.

Saiko-i is located in The Shoppes at Village Pointe at 5970 SW 18th Street, Suite E4, Boca Raton, now open for lunch and dinner, with lunch specials on both hibachi and sushi that average $14 per person during lunch and $25 at dinner. Hours are Monday – Thursday 11:30a.m. – 3p.m. & 4:30 – 10:30p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30a.m. – 3p.m. & 4:30 – 11:30p.m.; Sunday 12p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

About Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi
Since 2010, husband-and-wife team Jason Zheng and Tina Wang have charmed the palates of South Florida diners with their imaginative and fresh sushi creations at Yakitori Sake House, now accompanied by larger-than-life sister restaurant Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi. Saiko-i provides a unique dining experience that showcases skilled expertise and creative ingenuity. The 7,000-square-foot space encompasses an expansive hibachi room fitted with 11 state-of-the-art stoves, an open exhibition sushi bar, tables for intimate or group dining and a dine-in marble bar featuring cocktails to enhance any flavor profile. Saiko-i is Boca’s top spot for Happy Hour, Ladies Night, date night, birthdays and more. Saiko-i is located in The Shoppes at Village Pointe at 5970 SW 18th Street, Suite E4, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, visit or call 561-393-5888.

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