I owed my friend David a nice dinner after he helped me a ridiculous amount a few months ago and perhaps saved me from staying in bed for two weeks. After getting a Groupon sometime ago, I decided it was time to check out Makiman Sushi. The place was very empty on a Sunday night but it was clean and the service was friendly.
Our first roll was the MM Naruto Roll, with tuna, salmon, kani or imitation crab, and tobiko wrapped in a sheet of cucumber, with no rice. You can be sure I will always get a rice-less roll if the option is available. The sashimi was fresh and the roll nicely presented. It was overpriced in my opinion, since non of the ingredients is particularly rare. The cucumber was quite thick for a slice but rather crunchy and refreshing. The roll was nice but not exactly amazing and no sauce tied it together so it was more like an assembly of the ingredients.
The McNabb Roll was superb, though, and it should at $14.95. It had spicy tuna, avocado, and unagi on the inside with torched squid, tobiko, and scallions on the outside. It was drizzled with spicy and eel sauces. I loved the super chewy yet tender squid and there was quite a good amount of it on top. The spicy tuna and spicy sauce gave the roll a spicy kick and I loved the eel sauce’s sweetness in contrast. The unagi inside was hidden behind he other ingredients, but the other flavors were quite bold. The rice was okay and there was an average amount of it. The roll kept on falling apart though so It needed to be rolled tighter. The presentation was fabulous.
Finally, we ordered the Shrimp & Scallop Teriyaki. It came on a sizzling hot plate with the shrimp and scallops covered in teriyaki sauce and the steamed vegetables bringing colors to the dish. The shrimp and scallops were nicely pan-fried and quite tender, although it was not the most succulent and juicy I have had. Both were slightly on the drier side and the outer edges of the scallops were a little hard. There was a scent amount for $19.95. I enjoyed the broccoli, carrots, and tofu cubes but not so much the potato chunks. Besides my favorite scallops, I loved the onions in the sweet sauce – just divine.
The teriyaki dish came with Miso Soup and a House Salad. The salad was fresh with crunchy romaine, greens, cucumbers, shredded carrot, and sliced tomatoes. The dressing was refreshingly acidic and seemed to be a wasabi dressing with a kick, but I found it to be a little overdressed.
I would probably not return without a voucher of some sorts, except to maybe try their special rolls at 50% off on Tuesdays. The food is quite decent but in my opinion, not worth the regular price. The meal came to almost $50 before tips at menu prices so I think they are definitely overpriced. At least it was a great deal and one less favor owed!