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MINADO in Framingham- Such a Deal for Sushi etc.

opinionatedchef | May 14, 2006 01:53 AM

now befor all you CH sushi officianados jump down my gorge, i begin with this disclaimer. This is NOT a four star sushi place.i cannot imagine that an all-you-can-eat-for$27 sushi place could ever offer four star sushi. but this place, this enormous loud happy place really gives you a bang for your buck.
of course, we went for our first visit, WITHOUT reservations, on a saturday night at 6pm. HA!! 35 minute wait.probably 100 of us packed into the 'lobby' and i'd estimate about 95% asian- both in the waiting lobby and in the restaurant. i didn't hear japanese being spoken, either. it seemed most of these asians were chinese and korean. and many families and foursomes.

so what do you get? well, my rough estimate of their serve-yourself cafeteria syle offerings was about 80 different dishes. These included:
authentic japanese: tempura, negamaki, oshitashi, miso soup, udon soup, gyoza, sushi, maki, grilled skewers///
Japanese influenced things: 20? different makiand hand rolls;seafood entrees, salads, starches, desserts//
some chinese influenced things incl. dumplings, spare ribs,on and on.

except for the waitstaff and the management, all the prep and serving cooks appeared hispanic; pretty funny.

the hot saki was inexp-$4 for a small, and i was so surprised that it was very good. the salmon nigiri was quite good; the hamachi pink and fresh (i've certainly never seen pink hamachi before. i know almost all sushi hamachi comes frozen from japan, but i've never seen it translucent pink.)anyway, it was good but nothing special.the ikura was fine.they don't do hot unagi (this also always comes frozen from japan) and they overdo the sweet sauce, but in my cones and maki, it was o.k. next time i'll ask for no sauce.enough interesting and tasty maki for a varied plate,(and many maki over-sauced or mayo'd and not tasty.)I actually really liked their BEEF maki rolled in cilantro! a surprise, to say the least.

PLENTY for non-sushi eaters. friendly efficient waitstaff keep plates cleared and beverages coming.

so go and goggle and sample to your heart's content.
i'm sure most of you would enjoy yourselves and feel you got a good deal.$27. wow.

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