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Wednesday 24 June 2015

Mikado southside Edmonton, AB - tasty sushi rolls and Japanese fusion fare

A few weeks ago for Mother's Day weekend, we stopped by Mikado Southside for lunch after running some errands.  The downtown location and southside have different chefs and likely run by different owners - mom likes the southside one as they're more consistent than the downtown location. Onto the food!

We started off with the Beef Tataki, its thin sliced of lightly seared beef, served with sweet red onions and seaweed in a ponzu citrus sauce.  While tasty, the beef could have been sliced thinner for a more tender melt in your mouth-feel and the ponzu sauce needed a hit more citrus - but if you prefer it low acidity, you've love it.

The parents went with the A-1 bento boxes (no pic as it was super blurry) had a good selection of  choice of sushi or sashimi, Chicken Teriyaki, assorted tempura, green salad and rice which had a good selection for the price.  Me and the bro ordered a bunch of rolls to share and we nabbed some of the stuff from the bento boxes to try :P

The Genki roll is Unagi and ginger flavoured combined with avocado, cucumber and tobiko. Didn't taste any ginger, but if you got a piece that had the grilled unagi (eel) it was moist and tasty - the roll alternated on top with the grilled eel and avocado - as there was no eel on all the pieces nor within, you had a vegetarian roll if you un-lucked out and got a piece without eel on it.

The Spider Roll with a whole soft-shell crab and avocado rolled into one roll. (no pic as it was blurry) had the soft chell crab double fried or overfried so while it was super crunchy, it was on the dry side.

The Dynamite Roll was tasty with a tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, spicy sauce, chop chop scallops, tobiko and mayo rolled up into a roll - it was heavy on the rice which was a shame as it masked the flavors a bit. Less rice, more seafood lol!

We gave the Lobster King Roll a try as well. It may have been ecause we were seated at a small table and the roll was left to sit for a bit before it could fit onto our table - the lobster was sadly overcooked.  The tempura lobster tail was nice and crispy but like the spider roll, the lobster was overcooked. 

It was still a tasty roll with creamy avocado and crisp cucumber. It was oddly topped with wild salmon and tobiko and drizzled in spicy mayo. I say odd as the salmon is "flamed" and topped with bonito - but the blowtorch wasn't hot enough resulting in a texturally mushy, lukewarm raw-ish salmon that had a smoked salmon-like flavor. Not sure if that's what they were going for but if they removed the odd mushy flamed salmon bit, and timed deep frying the lobster, it would have been a kick ass roll.

We finished off our meal with some Tempura Ice Cream. Think gigantic frozen icecream (green tea, coconut or cappuccino) ball dipped in tempura and deep fried.  We went with coconut as mom has tried the green tea one before.  The icecream ball was thoughtfully cut into easy to eat serving sizes (I've gouged them apart before at other places) and served with a cloud of whipped cream. Not too heavy, it was a nice way to finish off the meal.

Mikado southside
Address 1903 98 St NW  Edmonton, AB T6N1L5
Phone (780) 432-4500
Hours Mon - Thurs 11:30am-10pm, Fri - Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 11:30am-9pm
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