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Maki Toki on Braker/Metric


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Maki Toki on Braker/Metric

amysuehere | | Aug 17, 2010 10:43 AM

Well wasn't this a pleasant little surprise.

I was craving sushi like a son-of-a-gun today, but wasn't really in the mood to spend $15 for a roll over at my regular haunt (Mikado) so I thought I'd try a little place I'd noticed in a strip mall on Braker. I had passed it over several times just because of the location and vibe, but I'd seen some good reviews.

I was a bit worried as I approached and saw fish tacos (seriously?) advertised in the window. As you walk in there are a booths to the left and a very long, high, dark sushi bar to right. Little paper "flyer" menu and pencils are at each seat.

The menu has three different combo choices ($8, $12, $14 - I'll try that next time), fish, chicken or steak tacos (really...$5), and several bento box options ($8), as well as the usual nigri ($3) and roll options ($5 - $10).

I ordered the Spiro, described as spicy tuna with salmon and avacado ($8), and asked for roe instead of avacado. I really didn't expect quality and/or quantity for the price and was really pleasantly surprised. First, the roll was eight pieces and were cut into perfect bite-sizes (a pet peeve of mine lately is how huge around they're making rolls), but this was not a puny roll in the least. Second was that instead of the spicy tuna "puree" most serve, this was a very generous tuna steak like you'd get in a regular tuna roll. Third, the roll was made properly and tightly and was fresh and ocean-sweet with the spicy sauce lightly drizzled over the top. The salmon/tuna/roe combination was a perfect light summer lunch.

This is exactly what I was looking for to get through this hot, sticky summer.

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