Niko Niko Sushi in Burbank is another one of the small gems that you’d have trouble noticing if you were not looking for it. It’s in a standard strip mall tucked between other restaurants and retail businesses. Plain from the outside and basic inside, you’ll be going here for the excellent food and not the ambience. And that’s perfectly fine.
I could tell this place has its devotees because we went on a weeknight and had to wait for a table. The crowd gradually dissipated while we dined, and after finishing we sat and talked and I noticed we were the only people remaining. But then a strange thing happened — after about a 15-minute lull, people came in and a whole new crop of diners occupied every table.
After placing our order and waiting for the first dish to arrive, the waitress brought us a salad that we didn’t ask for. What we thought was a mistake turned out to be a complimentary dish called Poki Salad ($10.99), which had mixed lettuce and shredded crab meat tossed in a tangy dressing and sprinkled with sesame seeds. It was a fortuitous beginning to a delicious evening.