Saii Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, 6900 N May Ave. in Oklahoma City, is not like other local Asian-inspired restaurants.
Starting with the waterfall at the entrance, the relaxing ambient music and the restaurant's Earth tone colors, Saii is a place where people can hang out and enjoy Japanese, Thai, Chinese and other Asian cuisine any day of the week.
From chicken to beef, from shrimp to scallops — Saii has a full menu with selections from land and sea in addition to sushi.
There also are multiple appetizers, salads, and noodle and rice dishes from which to choose.
Manager Looi Neoh said that while Saii serves rolls typical of just about any sushi bar, they have two signature rolls — the Heaven Roll and the Volcano Roll.
The Heaven Roll has coconut shrimp, avocado and asparagus on the inside, and tempura kani (fried crab sticks), lime zest, scallions and garlic mayonnaise on the outside.
The Volcano Roll is a California Roll covered with salmon and a baked seafood mix, crunch, masago (smelt roe) and spicy mayonnaise.
Unlike other sushi restaurants, Saii serves its sashimi (sliced fish) on ice and dressed up with an assortment of fruits.
The presentation of everything on the menu parallels the quality of the food.
Neoh said the restaurant's owner is from Thailand and personally trained the staff so that the food would be authentic.
There also is a full bar that includes sake (rice wine) and a lounge area that completes the laid-back atmosphere that Saii has to offer.
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