Heather L wrote:Reviews? Details? menu? Please!
I've separated out this after-offline discussion and moved it back into the main forum to get more attention. I thought the Maido offline was just great! Toki really outdid herself to put on a special menu for our group, and the previous posts covered it all, I think. Here's a direct copy-and-paste from the brief notes I pecked into the iPhone as each course came:Shrimp salad with tomatoes and cilantro
Miso ramen with egg, sugar snap pea,fish cake and carrot.
Natto (fermented soybeans) and cheese in fried pastry with a sweet chile dipping sauce.
Squid rings in a mild curry sauce with corn niblets and rice.
Shrimp and scallops fried noodle cake.
Octopus bites in a very hot red chile sauce.
"Sushi roll" with soba noodles in place of rice, raw tuna and tomago omelet
I liked it all. The offbeat sushi, as mentioned, was made by lying down parallel lengths of soba (buckwheat noodles) with tuna and egg, rolled in nori and sliced into large rounds, just like traditional maki-zushi but with parallel short lengths of brown noodle replacing the rice. It was a great concept, and the soba and green tea flavors were reminiscent of a famous Kyoto soba dish with similar flavors, but it would have worked better, in my opinion, as a smaller roll that made bite-size pieces. Once you bit into the large roll, the remainder didn't stick together the way sticky sushi rice would.
That's mighty picky, though. It was great fun and the food was a delight, and our group of - 12? 14? pretty much filled up Maio's smallish karaoke room. I wish we had a little more room to move around and mingle ... I don't feel that I got to really meet a couple of you, and that's a shame.