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Terrific lunch at Mako report

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Terrific lunch at Mako report

ThatPat | Jan 27, 2005 12:54 AM

A friend of mine had never tried Mako altho' had walked by it numerous times since she lives in the area. I told her about a recent dinner there and we met for lunch today. We had been to Beacon together recently, which was totally blah, and I told her we have to try Mako. I had only been there for dinner--twice before, but had loved every bite of everything. Lunch was just as good. We tried the bento box.

This is an omakase--changes every day according to the chef's whim. Today we had the following: yellowtail collar with a ponzu sauce, duck pad thai, wagyu beef meat balls, crispy quail, duck gyoza, yellowtail and tuna sashimi, tuna tataki and, like all bento boxes I've had, a round of potato salad, but this was Mako's own recipe and extremely tasty. We also shared the yuzu tart with mango ice cream.

My favorite was the ohmigod incredible wagyu beef meatballs in their own luscious little teriyaki type sauce. The yellowtail collar was also scrumptious both with and without sauce. Actually, it was all so good we were just oohing and aahing with every taste. My friend says she is definitely coming back with her husband and son in the near future to try dinner. The bento box was $29 (I assume it's the same price every day, but maybe it's market price--check with them.)

In general the lunch menu there is different from the evening menu, which has many small plates and a selection of larger entrees. I've only had the small plates. The lunch portions are conventional sized appetizers and entreees and actually individual dishes are higher priced than dinner but you'd probably just eat an appetizer and a main or the bento box, altho' I recommend sharing it as we did unless you're ravenously hungry (or unusually gluttonous, which you could very well be with the quality of food here.)

The desserts are all $7.25--same at dinner and lunch. This yuzu tart looks and tastes very much like a tiny very tangy lemon meringue tart--very light and just right. It's served with a lovely scoop of rather creamy mango sorbet, a small macaroon, a strawberry and a blackberry. Its the perfect dessert for Mako's food but not as exceptional as the small plates or entrees I've had.

It was a rainy day today but while we were there, there were maybe two other tables filled, which is a darned shame, because this is just lovely, lovely food, and way outclasses the Asian fusion small plates competition (i.e., Beacon, which is totally uninspiring, and Orris, which is nice, but not even close to being as good). With an iced tea and tip, $50 for the two of us out the door. I think the lunch is served Wed.-Friday, but check on their website.

Link: http://www.makorestaurant.com

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