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Minado report

sushimom | May 10, 2003 02:23 PM

We had to try the newly opened Minado in Sherwood Plaza (Rte. 9 in Natick) for lunch today. It was very satisfactory, especially since it's just $14.95 for adults and much less for kids (depending on their height). They bill themselves as a Japanese seafood buffet, which is pretty accurate. I counted 19 hot dishes, including the usual steamtable suspects and few different items: beef or chicken teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, a HUGE whole fish, tempura maki rolls, scallop shells with mixed seafood, green mussels, barbecued pork, plus 11 more. All were nicely presented and replaced very often. The salad assortment was outstanding - I think there were 39 salads and all the ones I tried were good. I had tofu salad, calamari salad, seaweed salad, octopus salad, grilled eggplants, green beans with sesame, a cabbage/toasted almond salad, and a marinated bok choy dish. They also had numerous green leafy salads, a Japanese chicken salad and a crab salad. They also make udon soup to order with the usual inclusions. On to the sushi: There were approx. 24 kinds on display today. 10-12 kinds of nigiri, and the rest were maki and the ovals surrounded by seaweed with stuff on top (forget what they are called). Nothing outrageously wonderful or original, but much better quality that I expected from the price. The mackeral and the fluke were especially nice and every piece I tried was good. My sushiboys were VERY happy! The sushi really flies off the buffet so there are 5 guys making it constantly and replenishing it. There was also a salad at the end of the sushi counter that I really liked. It was a cold cucumber salad with a sesame dressing with strips of raw white fish in it. It wasn't labeled. Finally, they have desserts, but only my 7 year old had room for that. It looked like 6-8 kinds of cakes cut into small squares as well as a good assortment of chunks of fruit. The place is huge, did someone say 400 seats? That is about right. It is next to a party store, in space that must have come from a couple of smaller stores that went under. At dinner they have a bigger assortment, including sashimi, crab and lobster (not available at lunch) for more money. Tomorrow for Mother's Day they are serving their dinner items all day. I'd love to hear others' experiences here. I couldn't try it all.


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