Haven't seen more than a passing mention of Maki in Japantown for a while, so I thought I would put in a plug for this great restaurant. Finally went for the first time on Friday, and had an excellent meal. We had:
Tuna sashimi appetizer. Very good tuna, beautiful presentation.
Wappa meshi dish with "Japanese mountain vegetables". Consisted of a rice basket with assorted vegetables on top of it, mostly different types of mushrooms. It also had soybeans and some sort of onion. Served with a wonderful miso soup (that had potato in it!), kobachi (a seaweed dish), and a small tsukemono dish. Each part of this dish had it's own distinct taste -- from the different vegetables in with the wappa meshi to the different types of pickles in the tsukemono dish.
Steak teriyaki dinner. This was served with the same sides as above. A generous presentation of steak, along with large mushrooms and a side of rice. Delicious. The preparation was perfect. Taste was wonderful. Texture was chewy, but good. I was left wishing I had more of the large mushrooms to soak up all the juices on the plate. The teriyaki sauce was just to my taste - no hint of sweetness (sweet teriyaki sauces drive me crazy).
We both enjoyed the rice served with our dishes. I am not good at describing rice, but all I know is that I ate practically the whole bowl by itself, and did not mix it with any of the other food.
I had a drink there that I cannot remember the name of. It was presented separately on the menu - separate from the sakes. I asked what it was, and the waitress was very excited to have me try it. She told me that it tastes like vodka, and that it is served one of many different ways (with hot water, with a plum, with lemon). At any rate, I was served a glass of clear liquid with a plum at the bottom of it, which she macerated for me once she brought it to the table. It was milder than vodka, I would guess a type of rice drink, and I liked the taste of the liquid. I think the part that was hard for me to swallow was the saltiness of the plum. I would order it again, but without the plum (does anyone know what I am talking about here? I would probably recognize the name if someone said it.)
We walked in at about 6.30 on Friday and were seated outside in the mall area. Seems that we were lucky to be seated -- everyone else who came in had a reservation. Overall, a great meal. I will definitely be back. $68.69 with tax and tip, two drinks.
1825 Post Street, Japantown
San Francisco, CA