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Apr 4, 2013 06:13 PM

Japanese AllUCanEat: Maki Maki Woburn

Beware, Take care, sushi fans, this is prob not the place for you.
But if you have $13 for lunch, you can get a lot of non- sushi food too, and all of it (sushi included) as much as you want for $13.
If you know this area, Woburn, Winchester, Stoneham, you know that
there is very little worthwhile dining around here. So when we tried out
this new Makimaki place for lunch today, it was with a Limbo bar of
expectation low enough to win you any contest.

(RonRoyRoyRon, I kept thinking about you and how scary you would have found it, as did I!) I swear, behind the sushi bar/buffet were (2 out of 4 ) pimply faced 17 year olds (and nary a Japanese) in ill fitting sushi chef outfits, with not a clue..... The older one was BUTCHERing a pile of salmon filets that he piled, post post-mortem, front and center above the sushi buffet! Said buffet had on it Salmon and tuna nigiri and all else maki: Phila., unagi and avocado, tempura shrimp, tempura sweet potato, spicy tuna,yada yada, all drizzled w/ sweet sauce. Aside from maki there was seaweed salad, kanikama salad,fried sweet potato stix, edamame, iceberg lettuce salad.....

If you like avocado maki, you'd be very happy here because that's what makes up most of each maki filling, along w/ mote sized pieces of whatever protein. Strangely, there was no buffet Cal Roll but they were happy to make one for My Love. (How DO you make a Cal roll w/ zero flavor? <Buy the cheapest kanikama available I guess.>)

The lunch menu (everything is table service except the sushi buffet) is divided into soups, teryaki, noodles, stirfry rice, and maybemoreican'tremember. All came in versions of chicken, beef, seafood. Since this was our reconnaissance visit, we tried a few of them.
Salmon teryaki (ah HA! THAT's where the massacred salmon pieces went), chicken udon soup, beef udon stirfry(not much flavor but better when I doctored it), eel fried rice (is there anything smaller than a mote?)
My Love was fine w/ his salmon, and chicken udon soup ,and there were some crunchy veggies in everything. I think there was also corn syrup in almost everything we had(via the sauces) but at least the udon dishes didn't have any....and the seaweed could be lifted out of its sauce. And I'm sure they'd be happy to leave off the sweet sauce maki drizzle if asked.

Well there it is. I've done my duty. I hope this was helpful for SOMEbody out there!

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  1. Thanks for the warning op, I'll steer clear of it for sure.

    The only Asian buffet that I do go to once in awhile is Tulips. I love their baked salmon, buttered shrimp and small clams. There are plenty of Chinese/American dishes as well that are fairly decent. But that salmon......... oh my. A huge, juicy filet that melts in your mouth.

    And I didn't mean to hijack your thread. :)

    1. ferrari328 also reviewed Maki Maki in Woburn just a couple of days ago: