Monday, November 16, 2009

Yuki's - Biloxi, Mississippi

2389 Pass Road
Biloxi, MS 39531

Lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday – 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

There’s a large, glitzy electronic sign in the baggage area of the Gulfport–Biloxi International Airport with a picture of a woman in ethnic garb beckoning visitors to Yuki’s – a Japanese steak and sushi restaurant.

Run the other way. It’s a dismal place that belies the cheer and sophistication of the airport ad.

Before I opened the door, the heavy odor of grease nearly stopped me in my tracks. Upon being seated, I was handed a four-page plastic bound menu that was falling apart and dirty. If they don’t care about the menu they show customers what the heck goes on in the kitchen?

I’ve been here several times since Hurricane Katrina. Many were grateful for an open restaurant after the storm; there wasn’t much to choose from. Yuki’s was a refuge – for a time.

Today, the sushi is just OK; most items on the menu are tempura cooked – fried – and taste of grease. The food in the hibachi side isn’t bad but it took two hours to get lunch one day. That was two years after the storm.

On my last visit – and it will be the last – I ordered stir fried vegetables and chicken, which was little more than bean sprouts out of a bag, some random pieces of broccoli and a few tiny bits of chicken.

Yuki’s seems to have declined since the storm. It’s not as clean, paint is chipped off the walls – and I don’t see Yuki anymore. Maybe that’s the problem. 2009 All rights reserved.

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