went to Mako in beverly hills for the first time. my gurlfrend and i ordered a la carte, give that we are both on a vegetarian kick for the time being.
tofu and seasonal tomato salad
pickled beets salad
vegetarian pad thai
stir-fried basmati rice with basil and pine nuts
sally's rustic apple pie, caramel sauce, a la mode
tofu and seasonal tomato salad was decent. shiso leaf vinaigrette was not overwhelming and healthy variety of red, yellow, and green tomatoes. straightforward and good.
pickled beets salad - came with two varieties of beets and some green bean-like veggies with a peanut-buttery type of sauce (japanese food-officionatos PLEASE forgive me as i forget what this is). again, straightforward, simple - and fine.
vegetarian pad thai - came recommended. i thought it was more like japanese take on stir fried chow mein. not too overly sweet - wish it had rice noodles though, instead of the ramen/egg noodles it was served with. nothing to rave about, but it did the job for my noodle kick.
basmati fried rice was a hit - suttle pesto and basil flavor that grew pronounced throughout the meal, and i could NOT stop eating this stuff.
green beans were really crunchy and a bit of spice. GREAT stuff - not overdone.
apple pie - really flaky crust and the ice cream (vanilla) was great.
awesome prices - can't wait to try the meat items. simple prep, simple meals, simple tastes. i don't feel like mako is trying to go beyond his reach with the dishes - which was appreciated that night, when we were both taking our first crack at the place. server was a bit gruff, but i overheard other servers who were really good - so i think service overall can be described as good.