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Tried Midami Japanese/Korean (new) in Farmington Hills [DTW]

VTB | Apr 2, 201601:03 PM

Midami Sushi just opened on Northwestern Hwy, south of 14 Mile, by Home Depot.  Seems to me like a peculiar business model, but it is worth more visits.  Medium price range.  Art on the walls and nice fixtures, etc..  Conversely, ordering is done at the front counter, the tea cups are paper and the tables are self-bused.  I always get confused regarding how much to tip at “crossover” places of this nature, but that’s probably just my issue.  Oh, and there is a takeout window. 

The tables looked new but were small.  The music playlist seemed to be some sort of an ironic, Korean indie thing, almost suitable for being an Asian Pulp Fiction soundtrack.  I think 20 & 30-somethings, with groovy cars, will be the ones most in to this place. 

The family running the establishment is really nice.  I don’t get the impression they necessarily are serving their old Korean family recipes, but perhaps some trendy formulations they’ve picked up from quick serve food counters in shopping districts of big cities in California or somewhere.  Some of the sushi rolls offered have melted mozzarella or hollandaise on them, which sounds pretty yummy, but at $13 I wouldn’t want to be wrong on that assumption.  Standard sushi is available, too, of course.

I had the Bulgogi ($14.99; $5 less than the more upscale New Seoul Garden).  It was prepared on the griddle in back and was sweet but delightfully flavored.  The onions and mushrooms were not limp from over-marination, as they are some places.  I enjoyed every bite.  It came with rice, miso soup and a small iceberg lettuce / radish / tomato / carrot salad with ginger dressing.  For better or for worse, it came with no funky smelling kimchi, nor other banchan.  I will order it again, but I’ll first cycle thru some of the Japanese offerings such as Chicken Katsu, before coming back to it.       

The wife had Bibimbab ($12.99, $1 less than NSG) in a hot stone bowl.  Also enjoyable and healthful looking.  Nothing out of the ordinary or of distinct character.  As how were the other plates I saw delivered to adjacent tables, the Bibimbab was simply something that everyone could like.  All dished out in a smart, clean, efficient atmosphere.

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