It’s always fun & exciting trying new dishes & stuff at Maki, my favorite Japanese Restaurant & now became my husband’s also😉 I was invited by the lovely team of Maki to try the new upgraded menu they’ve just launched. We chose The Avenues branch & headed there around 1:30pm. The mall wasn’t crowded, love the Avenues in the afternoon.
Mr. Toufic greeted us & we were seated inside. We were introduced to the new upgraded menu. You actually check the dishes on the iPad, add them to your cart, can do some editing, & then you place your order at the end. So basically, you’ll be in charge of your own order, & the waiter will be there only to recommend some dishes or assist you if you needed some help.
It was easy placing our own order, but it needs getting used to it a lil bit. Just getting familiar with the system at first & after that, it’s a piece of cake I love how technology is making our life easier!
This service is only available at Maki Burj Jassem for now, but soon it will be applied in all Maki branches.
Now, let’s talk food, we had the chance to try some of the new dishes they recently added to their menu, & what’s more fun than eating delicious Japanese food?
Maki Beirut Salad
Ingredients: Salmon, Crabsticks, Crispy Tempura, Fresh Herbs, Greens, Japanese Black Tobiko with Maki Special Spicy Sauce.
Verdict: I wish we ordered 2 portions of this salad, sharing it with my husband was a big mistake. It was sooo delicious that I didn’t want it to finish. Highly recommended.
Ingredients: Crispy Crab, Lettuce, White Radish,, Crispy Beetroot, Thyme, Exotic Shisho Cress with Maki Special Sauce.
Verdict: The sauce was tasty but I felt that something was missing, maybe it needed more crispy crab.
Ebi Tempura Bites
Ingredients: Ebi Tempura, Midori Rice, Crabsticks, topped with Wild Thyme & Maki Specia Sweet & Spicy Sauce
Verdict: Oh yeah, loved this dish ALOT. You might say 4 bites are somehow not enough, but I’m telling you it’s more than enough, coz the bites are huge. Veryyyyy delicious yum yum.
Spicy Real Crab Sushi
Ingredients: Real Crab Meat, Carrot, Cucumber, Spring Onions, Crispy Tempura with Maki Special Sweet & Spicy Sauce.
Verdict: Huge delicious sushi bites & yes they’re spicy, my husband loved this dish very much & so did I. If you love spicy food, you’re definitely going to love this one!
Ingredients: Salmon, Crabsticks, Ikura, Cucumber, Avocado, Exotic Cress, Black Sesame with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Pari Pari Sauce.
Verdict: Well, I had mixed feelings about this dish, I believe it needed more sauce, specially the pari pari one coz it was delicious but it wasn’t enough.
Sandi Ume Maki
Ingredients: Tempura Filo, Crabsticks, Avocado, Rocket topped with Salmon, Spring Onion Mixed with Sesame, Tongrashi, Soya Salt & Maki Special Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mixture.
Verdict: Thumbs UP … The sauce was beyond amazing, something new, creative, unique & very delicious. We LOVED this dish very much. Highly recommended.
Ingredients: Prawn Tempura, Crabsticks, Lettuce, Avocado, Carrot, Tobiko & Crispy Tempura with Maki Special Sweet & Spicy Sauce.
Verdict: Very tasty shots, that I almost bit my fingers eating them😛 Try them, you won’t regret it!
Beef Tenderloin Teppan
Ingredients: Beef served with Grilled Vegetables.
Verdict: Do I need to tell you about this dish? One of the oldest & Yummiest dishes at Maki.
Edamame Fried Rice
Ingredients: Jasmine Rice, Edamame, Sweet Corn, Chili Pepper, Carrot, Spinach, Dry Tomato, Shitake Mushroom, Lettuce, Onion, Garlic, & Extra Vergin Olive Oil.
Verdict: An Exotic Fried Rice Dish that you MUST try.
Ebony & Ivory Ice Cream
Ingredients: Maki Special House-Made Vanilla, Oreo, Double Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Brownie Dark & White Marshmallow, Chocolate Garnish with Caramel & Chocolate Sauce.
Verdict: A must dessert dish that you have to end your meal with. What I loved about this dish is that the ice cream was house-made & it was very delicious & creamy. Highly Recommended.
Thank You Maki for the lovely invitation, tasty food & amazing hospitality.