My man and I swung by last evening to see if they had opened yet, and indeed they had! We were not anticipating a night out, but decided to give it a try - we've been looking forward to having a local sushi option for some time, and curiosity got the best of us.
We sat at the sushi bar, which is at the far end of the main bar area. The decor was surprisingly polished and fairly unique - especially for aesthetically challenged Malden - natural materials like cactus or driftwood are displayed in niches like artwork, there are linen panels hanging from the ceiling which soften the modern look, and the lighting is fairly bright, without being harsh. Not bad. Only complaint on that front is the two huge flat panel tv's flanking the bar. Wierd at best. And the unit at our end was showing "Cops" - I don't enjoy seeing junkies forcably taken down while enjoying my meal...no, not so much. In contrast, they had a small band playing bossanova which was GREAT. Very classy and they were quite good.
Anyway, on to the food. The menu is really extensive, covering japanese, chinese, malaysian, thai and vietnamese, often in fusion style. We started with nigiri and were not disappointed. The portions of fish were generous, the quality was high, and the presentation was top notch. Pricing was around $4.75 per two piece order. We then had a specialty maki - I can't remember what was in it, but it was absolutely delicious. Again, the portion was generous, artfully presented, priced at around $12. We also shared a thai inspired basil-chile-duck dish for our main and it, too, was tasty. A litle spicy, a little sweet, and the basil really accented the dish with fresh flavor. The duck was cooked in its skin, which ended up a bit slimy, but I merely pulled it off and ate the meat so no worries. It was accompanied by very fragrant jasmine rice. I think this was priced around $16. We finished with fried green tea ice cream, which was better than usual. The ice cream was encased in a cakelike batter before being fried, and it was topped with red bean sauce and whipped cream, served in a martini glass. Very tasty.
In all, I am very excited to have this place in town. We will definitely return for the sushi and lovely dining room, and the music on Fridays and Saturdays will definitely lure us in whether we are hungry or not. In all, I think All Seasons Table is a classy addition to a town that wants to be "up and coming". Dig it!
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