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Maki - Sushi rolls/wraps in Arbor Walk (Mopac & 360)


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Maki - Sushi rolls/wraps in Arbor Walk (Mopac & 360)

nw_austin_gourmand | | Nov 24, 2008 11:35 AM

There's a new sushi roll/wrap restaurant in the Arbor Walk shopping center. This the same center as Home Depot and Mighty Fine Burgers.

Name: Maki
Review: This place is a little hard to describe. It's certainly not fancy, you order at the counter and they walk you thru the options as you "build your own roll". There's about 10 different meat selections and the same number of veggie options. My first time thru the line, I didn't completely understand the pricing - now that I've been thru the line twice, I'm still not sure I understand the pricing.....

The starter price is $3.95 for the wrap (that's the seaweed wrap and rice), they offer a "modern" wrap at $4.95 with soy instead of seaweed. Once you have a wrap, then you add meats at about $1.95 each - you can have as many as you like. Then you add veggies, you get 3 for free. There are additional toppings offered....

I thought the rolls were really good. I like sushi, but I don't eat a ton of it. The tuna, salmon, yellowtail all seemed fresh and flavorful - the quality was at least as good as Osaka and Sushi Sake. I believe "real" sushi rice is supposed to be one of the short grain varieties and that's what they serve here - nice fragrance, too. They had a machine to efficiently layer the rice onto the seaweed and then the server places the meats/veggies on top of the rice and rolls it up. The roll is placed into a hand cranked machine that cleanly slices the roll into 10 evenly sized pieces. A basic roll with 1 meat and 3 veggies will cost about $6 - $7. I guess that's a good deal when you're talking fresh fish/sushi.
I liked the Miso soup - good flavor, not overpoweringly salty with a smattering of small tofu pieces and green onion slices.

Ambiance - this place reminds me of the food court at the mall, which is to say, there's not much ambiance. There are very high ceilings and it's noisy although there were only about 8 people in the restaurant when I was there. I guess the combination of high corrugated metal ceilings and a stained concrete floor will do that....

If you are looking for a quick lunch, this place is great, but it's too noisy to be a relaxing hang out.

Suggestion - they should create some funky roll recommendations. I like those interesting roll combinations offered at most sushi places - there are so many confusing options/prices at Maki that I think it would be good to have your basic "meal deal" - spicy tuna roll and a drink at $7 for the rookies.