Maiko Sushi – Mile End

This friday was Tamishka’s birthday and we celebrated by going out for sushi (because we were all craving it) and some drinks after. We were recommended by our good friend who hadn’t been to Maiko in a long time but remembered it to be up to par with good sushi places. We had all chatted about our endeavours in Japan and our love for sushi and that’s what kick-started our craving.

So a reservation was made for the 5 of us and we had some high expectations for this fairly pricey sushi restaurant. Their site showed an exquisite display of sushi and as we walked in the decor was quite good. It had a high end and modern flair to it with Japanese-theme and cultured accents. I thought it was nice. There were some Christmas decorations too which I actually enjoyed because I’m excited for the holidays.

I will say this outright. This restaurant is awful for sushi.

Three of us shared some dishes: two Chef Specials ($18 each), and a Sushi Chef Sleection (depending on the Chef’s mood) which was $60 meant for 2 people to share. I also ordered a Chawanmsuhi (which they decided to name Shawanmushi..) for myself.

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We’ll start with the Chawanmushi. It was quite delicious, and was scolding hot. The egg was very very smooth, fluffy, very flavourful and had a good amount of fish and scallops. It was topped off with a shiitake mushroom and a piece of broccoli (which was insanely hot). I quite enjoyed this and was probably the best thing I ate at this restaurant.

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Next we ordered the Scallops which were flambéd in alcohol and served with ponzu sauce, fennel, raspberries and blueberries. It was quite nice but I thought that the alcohol was a little overpowering and was difficult to taste the sweetness of the scallops. The presentation was definitely good.

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We also ordered the Seared Salmon marinated in ponzu sauce which was plated with an assortment of fruits, greens and avocado. It was enjoyable but I didn’t think that the 5 pieces of seared salmon was worth $18. The salmon was a little hard and seemed to have been sitting in that shape for a while. But at least the fruits were fresh.

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Last but not least was our chef selection sushi. This was the biggest disappointment ever. We were given california rolls, rolls with pickled vegetables and 6 pieces of sashimi. This was absolutely pathetic. The rolls were extremely messy, and they didn’t even take care to cut off the straggly ends. The rice was hard and cold, making all the rolls very unenjoyable. I cannot believe we paid $60 for this. I would definitely discourage anyone from coming here for sushi. Where I get takeout (sushi inbox) has much better quality of sushi than here and I only pay $12 dollars for 11 pieces.

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The service was very amateur and I felt that I was being served by a high schooler. He didn’t really care about us and was more focused on getting our orders down and then going to the back to play with his phone or something. One of my friend’s order was completely wrong only she was too hungry and nice to make him redo her order. We also get a random assortment of staff who come to tend to us which makes it extremely difficult to understand if we’re supposed to direct our requests (and complaints) to anyone or one specific person.

Service: 2.5/5
Food: 5/10 (only saved by their delicious chawanmushi)
Atmosphere: modern, up-scale, Japanese-themed accents
Price: $40-50
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