Restaurants & Bars

Mai, Earl's Court, London

limster | May 31, 200804:46 PM

Kushiage (skewers battered with breadcrumbs) seems to be their speciality -- there's a big list of items.

My favourite of the kushiage items was the prawn with shiso, fried just right , the texture of the prawn firm but ripping tender. Lovely flavour from the shiso.

Other kushiage items were good to very good but not as exceptional:

Shishamo (smelt) - moist on the inside, and very tasty, although a notch down from the roe-filled ones at Kikuchi (will post about it soon) but also a much more inexpensive.

Asparagus was fairly crisp.

Stuffed lotus roots actually quite good -- a nice sharp crunch from the lotus root.

Other dishes:

Yakitori was ok, fairly tender, decent sauce, and skillfully and evenly rewarmed in a microwave, but as a result lacks the tiny charry bits from the grill.

Broil salmon belly/ sake haratsu, was very good. Lush salmon flavour, fatty and full.

A solid umeshiso maki, quality of the rice was basic, the grains neither too mushy nor too individualized.

Beef teriyaki is a solid dish (rice, salad) with a good cut of beef, but is more of a homey rendition.

Sweet service and solid cooking. Will probably give other dishes a shot when the opportunity arises. Tempura looked nice, and they are caareful enough to use a different oil from the kushiage.

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