Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Maki Maki Woburn

Maki Maki in Woburn took over the space where Far East Cafe used to reside until the rent increases were too much for John and he had to close down. I have fond memories of the Sunday all you can eat dim sum for $7.95 and that included steamed crab legs. Admittedly that was a while ago ;-).

Maki Maki serves an all you can eat concept that is different from the normal all you can eat sushi/Japanese places. At lunch, it's $12.99 Mon-Fri (Dinner $21.99 Sun-Thurs) and when I asked the other day if you order from the menu, they said yes but the reality was a bit different. You get a menu at your table and you write in what you want and how many portions of each. At lunch, they have pre-made sushi laid out that you can help yourself to. There are also salads, edamame, seaweed salad, sweet potato fries.

Tuna and Salmon Nigiri was the option for nigiri. Shrimp Tempura roll and also Spicy Tuna roll and (cold) sweet potato fries. As expected the fish was cut very thinly and there was no wasabi underneath the fish, if the rice had any vinegar in it I was not able to detect it. All the nigiri is premade and stored in a fridge so it comes out cold, way below room temperature. However, the fish was really fresh. They also did refresh the nigiri plate when it was running low.

From the menu, I selected Shrimp Tempura, Lobster Puff and Shumai. The Shrimp Tempura was good with a nice batter and fried perfectly, The Lobster Puff was fried to a hard crisp with some kind of filling, no trace of lobster whatsoever. The Shumai was a ball of something, not sure what.

Back for some more Nigiri and couple more different rolls. The spicy salmon was just a spiced up salmon mush, same as the spicy tuna above and the eel roll had just minute traces of eel in it. Seaweed salad and kimchee were OK. The interior is very nice with good furniture, except my two top that was wobbly and it also tried to rotate. They just opened so service was kind of funny, they tried to deliver all the dishes to my table regardless of who ordered them. From what I have read the dinner option works better since all the sushi then are made to order and the selection is not limited. It was Ok for lunch, albeit a bit pricey. I wish I was a bigger eater.

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