Within the prismatic Nautilus Station on Panama City Beach Parkway, East meets West in a fusion of delicious proportions. Quite possibly the best Sushi in town can be relished at Shan Kishi, PCB’s newest Japanese restaurant.
Not very large in total space, seating around 60-70 people, Shan Kishi is intimate and charming, colored in calming brown shades and lots of wood. There is a very natural vibe in the spot and it just “feels” authentic. I mean, while dining, I actually would not be surprised to see the tables moved for an impromptu Tai Chi session. Priced comparably for a restaurant of that caliber, the sushi alone is worth the trip and the flavorful hibachi delights will keep you coming back.
Appetizers: Cold starters include sushi or sashimi appetizers, pepper tuna tataki, baked mussels, usuzukuri (which consists of thinly sliced white fish drizzled in ponzu sauce) or a tuna or salmon tartar. Cold appetizers range from $6.00 to $12.00. Hot appetizers include thai calamari, aged tofu, kushyaki seafood (which consists of shrimp, scallops, salmon with teriyaki sauce). Hot starters range from $4.00 to $9.00.
Sushi: There is so much sushi from which to choose. They have special rolls like the French dragon (shrimp tempura inside, topped with eel and avo two flavor sauce) or the Caribbean (lobster salad, cucumber asparagus and tobiko, soy bean wrapped, topped with mango avocado). Or try the old favorite roll and hand rolls like California, spicy crab or salmon avocado. They serve such in entrees as well or a la carte. Prices range from $2.00 up to $46.00. The most expensive, of course, is the “Love Boat” which consists of 9 pieces of sushi, 15 pieces of sashimi and a chef’s special roll. That should fill up the whole gang.
Entrees: Shan Kishi has a large array of entrees ranging tasty kitchen meals in teriyaki, negimaki, katsu or tempura. The hibachi, my personal favorite, is spiced just right and packed with flavor. Try the combination Steak and Shrimp. They also carry many of the same entrees on the lunch menu as well.
Etc…: The service was great and speedy and the place was over half full. I even brought my daughter who is only 10 months and she even had a great time. The drink selection was pretty good and the price wasn’t too bad. Overall, I would definitely recommend Shan Kishi. The food is so delicious I’ll definitely be heading back. If you’re there, the round of saki is on me.
Shan Kishi – 13800 Panama City Beach Parkway; Panama City Beach; 850-249-3663; Hours: Lunch Mon – Sat. 11 a.m., Dinner Mon- Thurs. 5 p.m., 10 p.m. Friday- Sat: 5 -11p.m. Sun 12 p.m. to 10 p.m..