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Lunch at Mikado Ryotei

nypb | Jan 21, 2008 05:00 PM

Today, Mrs. B and I decided to revive our tradition of the MLK day lunch. I wanted to try someplace we've never been before and decided on Mikado on Research. I've wanted to try it having read a lot of positive things about it.

I was really craving a bento box for some reason. Some miso soup, a salad with that awesome ginger dressing that you can only get in a Japanese restaurant. We're seated after a short wait (we arrived at the lunch peak I think) and the we're given dinner menus. I ask, "can I get lunch today, like a bento box?" No, no lunch and no bentos today. "Why?" I ask. "It's a holiday." "Say what now?" I ask. "I don't know." OK, fine, no bento box.

We decide to get a few rolls, 2 Asahis. Edamame. We picked the Hottie Roll, Spicy Tuna, cucumber topped w/ Salmon. Also a Spicy Hama (yellowtail, scallions, roe, etc). To round things out we picked a scallop roll which was a special, not on the menu.

The rolls were all very good, fish was fresh as expected. I think we liked the scallop roll the best. It had some tempura crunch in it which is always a hit with me. My question is why do most of the Sushi places in town feel compelled to put that mayo-like sauce on top of the sushi rolls? I don't get it.

In all, this was a good experience, I would certainly return. I wonder why my experiences in Japanese restaurants are always met with some conflict lately. I recently tried to order takeout at Sushi Sake after 7 on a Friday night. "No takeout after 7 on weekends." What's up with all these weird sushi house rules?

Oh, and the edamame never arrived. The waiter brought it after the rolls came out. No worries, "it's a holiday" after all.

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