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Mako (long)

Macy U. | Apr 27, 2006 12:42 PM

There’s been a lot of praise for Mako on this board already, and I’ll chime in now that I’ve been.

Blue Fin Sashimi salad was excellent. Fish was fresh, greens slightly tangy and spicy from the dressing. Really good combo.

Grilled Seafood Salad also had very fresh seafood, grilled just right so that none of it was too rubbery. I would have preferred a few more shrimp and scallops in there though, as the mix of seafood seemed mostly like squid.

Duck Dumplings was the least favorite dish – I was imagining shredded duck with an intense duck flavor, but I found these to be very ordinary. I actually would not have even known it was duck if it had not said so on the menu. They also used a heavy hand on the hoisin sauce. I would have preferred it to come on the side for dipping instead.

Dan’s Pan Friend Noodles was a crispy little pancake of noodles that was, on its own, pretty bland. But, you add a dollop of the wasabi crème freiche on top and it became wonderful! I loved the light and cool taste of the crème fraiche mixed in with the crunchy exterior of the noodle, and then the softness of the middle of the noodle.

Braised Black Pork was outstanding – meat was soft enough to be cut by your fork and just melted in your mouth. Slightly sweet, but not overly so. Went well the hot-mustard baby bok choy that came with the dish. I’m still thinking of this dish now, it was so good.

Dessert was chocolate cake with fresh cream and strawberry sauce. I am not a huge fan of chocolate, or dessert as I don’t like sweets too much, but was wowed by this version. I was expecting a slice of cake, but it was more like a soufflé and was so light that I ate half of it even though I was already stuffed.

Service was good, if a little bit indifferent. The restaurant was packed the entire time we were there so I know she was busy with other tables, and she never rushed us through our meal.

Meal came to about $120 for two, including a bottle of wine, but dessert was comped (since we had to move our table a bit in order to make room for a larger party next to us). I was so full though, I think we could have omitted the Duck Dumplings and been pretty full still.

This was another Chowhound recommendation that was spot-on. Really lovely dinner.

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