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Mikko, an “authentic sushi and Japanese cuisine” restaurant, sits just off the 5-freeway, at Carlsbad Village Drive (Elm Avenue to older locals). Many Carlsbad residents and others have been offering their patronage to the establishment quietly occupying a space in the Albertson’s shopping center for about 15 years. Though our family has had dinner there many times, we dropped by to check it out for a late Saturday afternoon lunch.

The restaurant was dark and peaceful as we entered. The sushi chef was creating at the sushi bar and a moment passed before a young man hustled over to seat us. After an unusually long wait, our server finally stopped by our table to take our order. I chose the tempura asparagus roll ($6.95), miso soup ($1.25), and some green tea ($.50). My partner and our daughter both chose the chicken teriyaki ($7.50), hers from the kids’ menu ($5.75).

Our meals were served quickly and the food presented with care. Though their green salad is about as basic as a restaurant can serve and therefore, not noteworthy by itself, the dressing absolutely makes it worth mentioning. I’ve never tasted a dressing like the one that they use. It has a very fresh, light taste, which belies the thick appearance. My tempura asparagus roll was delicious and I received enough pickled ginger for the entire serving. According to my dining partners-in-crime, their teriyaki chicken meals were also satisfying. My daughter especially liked getting orange slices with her food. Mikko serves generous portions, and in the case of the teriyaki chicken, they are generous with the sauce.

Mikko 1025 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008 760-730-0088 http://mikkosushi.net/

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