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Just received something in the mail about a Japanese Grill opening near me in Dana Point. It looks like it is a local chain but I have never heard of it. Their mailing is the typical menu and pictures and looks convenient and interesting. Has anyone tried them?

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  1. I find Maki Yaki to be nothing special. It's kind of pricey for what you get at a chain fast food type sushi place. Their hot food is average. You could do better but you could also do worse.

    1. urk, it's the japanese/suhi equivalent of panda express. entirely skippable i think unless there's really nothing else around.

      1. I've ordered from there a couple of times. I think their grilled meats are actually quite good, but overall it's no world-beater. Skip their potstickers (which will arrive soggy), and definitely don't get the sushi. They have free delivery, but a $25 minimum order, and you can't order the grilled meats a la carte; they're only available with a ton of mediocre carb. sides, so you wind up paying quite a bit for your teriyaki.

        But if you have the $$ and are jonesing for teriyaki chicken or beef (and are willing to eat or throw out a whole lot of rice & salad), the meat you get will be tasty.

        1. It's not haute sushi, but it's fine for strictly casual sushi plates, combo plates and the more typical California-ised rolls.

          1. Eek! I'd much rather go to Sansai for my chain, fast-food, Californified Japanese food. (Then again, I only went to MY once, but that was enough to convince me to not go again.)

            1. jsl - Go to Ichibiri or GenKai. Much better in the area. I will say I ate there for a quick lunch the other day in Dana and the roll I had was not as pedestrian as expected.

              1. We just came home from vacation in Dana Point. I thought Maki Yaki was great! The Teriyaki Beef was delicious, the Shrimp & Veggie Tempura was good, and the Suki salad (was that what it was called?) Shredded cabbage, almonds, toasted sesame seeds and a delicious dressing was really mouth watering! I also like Fried Calamari they have. We only had the California Rolls, so I can't say how any other sushi was, but they were OK.

                1. I love Maki Yaki. I live in the city of Downey and eat lunch at Maki Yaki about 3x a week. They have great lunch specials. For example, their chicken teriaki special comes with teriaki, rice, california rolls, shrimp/veggie tempura, a salad, soup and a side of veggies for only $7.95. Their meat is tasty, and so is their tempura. Everything at Maki Yaki is great and affordable. Give it a try!