It's a small bar and lounge overlooking University and what we admire immediately is their success in creating a very laid-back atmosphere that's easy to lose yourself in. Its Asian-inspired decor features white oak jenga-esque walls, low leather chairs and sofas, and coffee tables, which are all custom made and contribute to the vibe.
Their cocktail list is full of Asian fusions. We ordered the Hemingway Daiquiri ($13) and The Last Word ($13). The daiquiri was made with white rum, grapefruit, and maraschino liqueur and The Last Word was mixed with gin, maraschino liqueur, lime, and green chartreuse. The Hemingway was rather sweet and The Last Word was heavy on the gin, but both were delicious.
|Peach Pie ($10)|
|Crack Pie ($5/slice)|
The perfect and most obvious accompaniment to drinks and dessert is a black and white movie. That night, Nikai was featuring the the 1933 version of King Kong. The awe-inspring special effects were almost as good as the Crack Pie.
Nikai is one of those places you have a hard time leaving and we nursed our drinks for as long as was socially acceptable (we just really wanted to finish the movie). Its chill atmosphere and unfairly addictive desserts definitely warrant multiple visits.