I took my father to Mako for a belated birthday dinner tonight. First time for both of us, and a huge success. We had the tasting menu which included most of the items on chewy's report and I quote (my amendments in brackets):
- Crispy oysters in the black olive, basil dressing [maybe our favorite]
- Sashimi Salad of Tuna Tataki, medium blue fin toro and yellowtail, onion soy dressing [could have done without the salad part. Our blue fin was not toro but maguro. Usually I avoid maguro but this was fantastic, like beef carpaccio. Also served with avocado].
- Diver Scallops with baked uni [and uni sauce. Not sure ours were diver scallops. But I may not have been paying attention].
- Half Moon Lobster with Black Bean sauce, crispy spinach [ours also had rice, sticky Korean style rather than dry Chinese]
- Sauteed green beans [Chinese style dry cooked]
- Baby New Zealand Lamb Chops
Plus kurobuta pork which we were not able to finish.
2 glasses of prosecco and two bottles of water.
My father does not pay much attention to food, or he thinks he doesn't, but he was clearly and spontaneously excited by the meal and interrupted himself mid sentence during virtually every course upon the surprise of pleasure on his plate.
I can affirm but can't add much to the chorus of praise for the imagination, excitement and value of the Mako tasting menu--save my delight in discovering I can share all this with my father and by extension (I hope) with others who don't live for such experiences on a regular basis. That could expand my circle of dining partners by as many as--I don't know-- two people.
Great server and attentive staff in general. I will be back.