Maguro is a new Japanese steak and sushi restaurant that opened last July on Wiggins Pass Rd. in North Naples. Like many of the Japanese restaurants in the area, one side is Teppanyaki and the other sushi. The décor is modern and hip.
We started with a couple appetizers that are more likely to be found at a Nobu restaurant rather than in Naples. There’s a Yellowtail Jalapeno, with yellowtail sashimi topped with thinly sliced jalapeno and ponzu sauce. Simple, yet very tasteful. More complex is their Crispy Duck Roll, with shredded peking duck, avocado, spring mix, sesame, and sweet seafood sauce. It’s very creative, and one of the best rolls I’ve ever had.
The teppanyaki side is great for small parties and celebrations, but the day I visited I was interested in sushi. They are offering fish and rolls I haven’t seen anywhere in the area. My favorite sashimi is toro, tuna belly, which hasn’t been available at any of the local restaurants, including Blu Sushi and Tokyo Bay. Maguro has 2 varieties of tuna toro and also serves salmon toro, which was wonderful, and which I never have seen before. There’s a variety of other fish, all pristine, including ama ebi, which is the body of a sweet shrimp served sashmi style, and the head, crunchy and perfectly fried.
We sampled a few of the rolls including spider, green dragon, and Godzilla. They were all excellent.
The prices are moderate, with the various toros being more expensive, but that is par for the course. Interesting hand crafted cocktails and a variety of cold sakes are also available.
Maguro Japanese Sushi
Gateway Shops at North Bay
895 Wiggins Pass Rd.
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