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snoboardbabe77 Apr 30, 2008 08:28 AM

I want to go to Midori's tonight for sushi - but all the threads "recently" were saying that the service has been unbelievably slow. I know it takes some time to have sushi - but 30 minutes before even ordering is a bit much, especially if you want to have a cocktail or two prior to ordering. Has anyone been to Midori's RECENTLY, meaning in the last month or so? The last thread I could find had 2007 postings.

Also, I have never been to Midoris...I usually go elsewhere. Anything they make especially good? Or do I just need to venture somewhere else? I live in St Paul -so I'd rather not trek across country (i.e., Origami in Minnetonka at 6PM) ...Sakura? Saji-Ya?

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  1. cheeseguysgirl RE: snoboardbabe77 Apr 30, 2008 09:15 AM

    CG and I were there about a month or so ago-- maybe two months? The service was great. We were there on a weekend, after the lunch rush, like 2 pm.

    1. katebauer RE: snoboardbabe77 Apr 30, 2008 09:48 AM

      We haven't been there recently because service was so poor, but just as an FYI they don't have a full liquor license so cocktails before dinner are out.

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        dsg RE: snoboardbabe77 Apr 30, 2008 10:49 AM

        I typically read posts and rarely reply, but I will for this. I am a big fan of Midori's and have been there twice in the past ~2 months, once on a busy weekend and once on a weeknight. The service was just fine -- no long waits, no problems. I had been there numerous times during the period about which others were complaining, and agreed with their observations. If you go for dinner on a weeknight, you probably don't need a reservation, but on the weekend I recommend having one. It is my favorite sushi restaurant in the Twin Cities (my standards are based on my origins in the SF Bay Area), because the fish is consistently fresh and good and the atmosphere is calm and friendly -- a real neighborhood restaurant.

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          snoboardbabe77 RE: dsg Apr 30, 2008 11:58 AM

          Thanks guys - Kate---thanks for the tip. I actually put cocktail in as anything I might want beforehand (sake, wine, beer...) but I actually had never been there so it's good to know that they don't have a full liquor license (which actually sort of surprises me?) but anyway, if I end up there, I'll give a report. It would be tonight-a weekday night so perhaps the service might not be as questionable as it has been from other CH'ers on weekend visits. Appreciate it much!

        2. AnneInMpls RE: snoboardbabe77 Apr 30, 2008 12:09 PM

          I go to Midori's for take-out pretty often - about twice a month. Service has gotten better since the period in question. But I didn't notice as much of a problem back then, even when I ate there, because I don't go on weekends and I rarely order sushi. (I love love love the grilled fish dinners - salmon or mackerel - because the portion size is reasonable and because they come with multiple side dishes and Japanese pickles. Yum.)

          The nice thing about Midori's is that if they're too busy to do a take-out order, they'll say so (with many apologies). I appreciate that they give priority to the customers that are already in the restaurant. (Even if I don't get my fish dinner right away...)

          Anne

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            SmartCookie RE: AnneInMpls Apr 30, 2008 03:39 PM

            I may be naive as far as take-out sushi is concerned, but when I ordered from there a few weeks ago they automatically tagged on a 10% "Sushi-chef gratuity". As I always leave a generous tip and didn't notice this until later (I was never told about this fee)...I was a bit miffed. On the same order they left out one of my items, which made me even more so, though they did credit me the next day.

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            JimGrinsfelder RE: snoboardbabe77 May 1, 2008 07:39 AM

            Saji-Ya is ok. So is Sakura.

            I think Midori is ok too.

            My consistent favorite is sitting at the bar at the Origami in downtown Minneapolis.

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              AmandaAnn RE: snoboardbabe77 May 2, 2008 08:27 AM

              In regards to "anything they make especially good?" I think Midori's gives the most thought of restaurants around here to their vegetarian rolls. I always order one even though I'm not a 100% veggie. And I don't know if their mochi ice cream is something they make themselves but I just love the stuff.

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                snoboardbabe77 RE: AmandaAnn May 2, 2008 09:27 AM

                Hey guys ---thanks for the tips! We ended up going out for Thai. I'm sure this will open up more discussion --- but I took CH boyfriend to Tum Rup for the first time. I have to admit -- it is in my top 5. CH boyfriend has the Sea Breeze, complete with shrimp, scallops, crab claws, and mussels. Very happy and plenty of leftovers. I had the cashews chili, although I'm normally a pad prig fan. Am always happy with their fresh spring rolls even when I have to have the shrimp removed because I'm allergic. Service was better than normal even though it was 5 x as busy as it is when I normally go. However, I'm still a fan of True Thai off Franklin.

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                tex.s.toast RE: snoboardbabe77 May 2, 2008 09:28 AM

                So, snowboardbabe, did you end up going? If so do you have some answers to your own questions? I was at midori's once over the summer and found the service to be pretty lackluster (i think i posted about it somewhere - we saw other couples leaving before their orders had been taken because they had waited so long for some attention) and the food to only be ok - nothing worth our crosstown drive from st paul.

                On the st paul sushi front - the last meal i had at Sakura this winter (im not in minn anymore full time) didnt compare to previous ones. The quality of the fish seemed more middling than before, though i do still think it is a pretty decent value if you stay away from the ridiculous rolls named after hockey players.

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                  soupkitten RE: tex.s.toast May 2, 2008 09:46 AM

                  2nd this disappointment with the recent quality of sakura's quality & freshness. our last visit was not good and we left after our salads and apps. perhaps sakura is getting cheaper fish these days. possible downhill?

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                    snoboardbabe77 RE: soupkitten May 2, 2008 11:07 AM

                    Honestly, I'd rather go to Yumi in Excelsior or Origami in Minnetonka, but since CH boyfriend doesn't get off work til 7, making a drive over there and not beginning a meal til after 8 just isn't worth it for me on a weekday. Tex.s.toast, see above. We went out for Thai instead. Tum is one of my top 5 Thai restaurants, not for total dining experience. I haven't been to Sakura in ages and as for my sushi experiences at Saji-Ya, I've always been pleased...but I should note -since I am allergic to shellfish -it pretty much leaves it to unagi and spicy tuna. I've had the red snapper there (ok) but in terms of the ebi, rainbow rolls, etc. - I can't say much because I can't eat it.

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                      tex.s.toast RE: snoboardbabe77 May 2, 2008 01:27 PM

                      Sorry i missed that - i feel your pain on the shellfish and sushi front as i, much like your boyfriend, am dating someone who doesnt do well with non fish seafood.

                      Not to keep moving the direction of the thread, but since we talked about crosstown commutes and id rather not go to uptown for thai when im in st paul, is Krua still open? i remember various rumors about them wanting to shut it down and go back to LA where they had family. anyone been (or been bye) recently?

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                        katebauer RE: snoboardbabe77 May 2, 2008 06:18 PM

                        Any reason you prefer the Origami in Minnetonka vs. downtown? We've never made it out to the suburban one but I had heard previously they don't differ that much.

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