So after going to the one on Commercial, we went to the newly opened location on Broadway. (see my review on Commercial location)
I must say WOW! what a difference! Not just that it is new, but the interior is just fabulous. Definitely a upgrade compared to the Commercial one. Thick wooden seats and tables, dark wooden walls and very modern decor. The right side of the restaurant had tables and chairs, the middle was one huge table with really neat chairs (ie. a wooden seat carved into a shape of a fish), and the top of the tables were decorated with large ikebana-like plants. On the left hand side were booths there the floor was raised and you sit around a fixed table. You normally see them in a lot of Japanese restaurants like Tanpopo, Kaneda, Honjin, etc. It’s harder to get in/out, especially with a huge group, but it does have a close coziness atmosphere.
For the first visit, it was for dinner. Late dinner actually around 9:45pm. We were the last ones in the restaurant, so we got a nice quiet light supper. The AC was a bit too strong for a cold March evening though. I kept my light jacket on the entire time. We had scallop rolls, 2 salmon and 1 tuna nigiri, and dynamite rolls. The waitress asked us if we wanted wild sockeye or farmed salmon. Both were for the same price at $2 a piece, so I chose wild. All the sushi were really good. The waitress did come too often to fill up our full tea cups. Perhaps she was bored with no one else to serve. But she was really friendly. They closed at 10:30pm, so we didn’t stay too long. But we were both happy with the place and planned to come back with a larger group for lunch. I really like this place! it’s a ‘recommend’ restaurant for me
Second Visit at Lunch
This time, we went with a group of 12 people for lunch. They have a really good combo deal, and I got Combo E. It included a salad, 4 piece tempura, any of the chef special rolls (which are $8.95) and wonton soup, all for $12.95.
The restaurant was more than half empty for the entire time we were there (1:30-3:30pm). The manager-looking woman didn’t seem to happy or eager to serve us, especially for bringing a large group to the restaurant. We thought ‘hey, we’re bringing her good business!’ Otherwise, she’d only have like 3-4 single/couple tables to serve. The food came reasonably quickly. The salad was good, I love the wonton soup (maybe cuz I love soup and wontons – a great combination, lol), and the chef special roll, which I ordered a Hornby roll (Spicy Tuna Roll Topped with Mix Scallop) which was delicious! The tempura came last, but by that time, I was so stuffed. I gave them to others. It looked a bit on the greasier side, so I guess for health reasons, it’s good that I avoided it.
Overall, the group seemed to really like the taste and value. The girl next to me wanted her Spicy roll in her combo to be without any spice. They forgot or the chef wasn’t told, and they made it spicy. She didn’t want to waste her food, so she took it in. Otherwise, it was a good experience. I’m in love with Sake Maki (Kits location only)! Love the interior! Love the food! I’ll definitely be going back again for sure!
We came back numerous times after that, sometimes at lunch, late afternoon, or for dinner. It didn’t matter when, but it was never full which kind of surprised me. The prices were really good, and they had good bento combinations.
The service has been generally been pretty good except for that one time with the manager. No other complaints except sometimes their AC is freezing cold!
Wonton soup that came with the combo. Yes, I know, it’s NOT Japanese soup.
Cute cubed agedashi tofu
Tuna tataki – very good!