ma'kai - yes yes, i know. NOT about the food, but i went there anyway...here's the food report, but no food pix, it wasn't worthy ;)
i ordered a drink and remembered why i typically stay away from specialty cocktail menus. the key lime martini was a gorgeous lime green in the glass, but was so sweet i gagged. i wasnt going to let almost $10 go to waste, so i held my breath and downed it in one shot. the rest of the night, i stick to citron/soda.
i needed each one of those three citron/sodas to anesthetize my tastebuds to the food. it wasnt horrible, but had i been of sound mind and stomach, i would have been more than mildly appalled at the final bill for four small plates that were merely mediocre. FRIED CALAMARI, atop spring greens and a forgettable dressing, were cold and a bit greasy. sip first citron/soda.
a dipping sauce tried desperately to save chicken on skewers billed as SATAY, but even the spices werent enough heat and juice for the cold, dry, overcooked meat. *gulp* finish drink.
i was disappointed when the COCONUT SHRIMP were put on the table. admittedly, i was expecting a deep-fried coconut coating (similar to the ones from an australian steakhouse chain that shall remain nameless), but these shrimp were sauteed, sprinkled with coconut flakes and served with a coconut dipping sauce. they were plump and pretty, perfectly lined up on a long oval dish, but of course, looked much better than they tasted. a second citron/soda, please.
the SHISHITO PEPPERS were sauteed in a tangier, lighter sauce than im used to, but makai serves almost an entire crop of them, far too many to be a small plate. now im on my third drink, chatting away with our dining neighbors to the left and right, so we share the shishitos, and still we have more than half left. our new friends give us a taste of their ASPARAGUS WRAPPED IN PORK, but after four drinks, it could have been spam carpaccio and i wouldnt have known the difference!