Sushi On The Run
By Danny Schrafel/ firstname.lastname@example.org
At Maki Sushi (212-C Wall St., Huntington 631-470-4718) on
the way to Halesite, the answer is unique, but certainly tasty.
There, a Huntington Roll ($7.50) is an oversized sushi roll
stuffed with cucumber, avocado and fried salmon and covered
in a sweet sauce and sesame seeds before being sliced into
six pieces. The lightly fried fish gives a warm sensation
to the hefty rolls, while the nutty flavor and sauce create
a balanced, guilty pleasure as guilty as sushi gets,
anyway. Its also a good stepping-stone for sushi newcomers
who still balk a little at the idea of raw fish.
Maki bills itself as take-out sushi, and the goal seems to
be to offer quick, tasty sushi without resorting to the supermarket.
And theyre successful in doing just that.
Inside the small storefront near Southdown Road, wood dominates
the simple décor. If you want to stick around and eat
on your lunch break, youre welcome to there are
a few seats and ample reading material is available
but the shop is designed for take-away service in mind.
The lunch specials offer a selection of teriyaki entrees ($9.95
for chicken, $11.95 for beef, $10.95 for salmon) and are served
with a California roll, salad, soup and appetizers. Lightly
fried dumplings have a light exterior crunch and soft, savory
filling; fried shrimp gyoza ($4.50) is bite-sized, fresh and
enticing. These fried previews bode well for the tempura dishes
($12.95 $15.95 for veggie, chicken, shrimp or squid)
and katsu ($13.95 for chicken, $14.95 for fish).
Beef bulgoki ($11.95 for a lunch box) comes with onions, more
sesame seeds, string beans and is prepared in what the menu
describes as special sauce. That special sauce
has a strong, salty sesame flavor that lingers on the palate
and melds nicely with the veggies and onions. The beef is
tender and bite-sized, so do it right and dig in with the
chopsticks. Their ginger dressing is strong and crisper than
most weve had it grabs your attention and your
taste buds, too.
Hours are ample and convenient; if youre in a rush,
call ahead for a pickup. Plan accordingly our walk-up
order was ready in about 10 minutes.
212-C Wall St., Huntington
Cuisine:Japanese & Sushi
Atmosphere: Simple sushi bar designed for takeout
11 a.m. 8 p.m.;
11 a.m. 9 p.m.;
Sunday 11 a.m. 7 p.m.