Every couple months the flatmates and I try different sushi restaurants: a true bonding experience over our shared love of all things sourced from the sea and deep fried. On this occasion we skipped down to the newly opened, third addition to the Maki and Ramen Sushi Bar family. On the corner of Fountain Bridge and Ponton street, the spacious dining area and authentic Japanese looking open plan kitchen enabled us to watch the talented chefs working their magic while we sipped on crisp Sapporo beers.
Going with our standard ordering tactic, try everything, we started with sweet pumpkin croquettes, salty pork gyoza and spicy beef tataki ramen. The croquettes were crunchy golden pockets filled with smooth sweet pumpkin and drizzled with Japanese mayonnaise. Definitely one of my favourite dishes on the menu, my taste buds sang with joy.
The gyoza were soft steamed parcels, perfect for dipping, that greedily soaked up the salty soy sauce and fell apart in your mouth.
The beef tataki ramen was a vat of spicy, creamy curry broth drowning a thick heap of noodles, crisp spring onions, sweetcorn and tender pieces of beef with a soft boiled egg. The broth alone was exquisitely indulgent and spicy but when eaten with a little bit of everything the flavours exploded in my mouth; these guys know exactly what they are doing.
The second wave of our seafood feast was a glorious platter of sashimi: salmon, tuna, octopus, squid and surf clam all nestled in a bed of ice crystals. Paired with tangy ginger and eye watering wasabi every morsel was devoured. Piece. By. Piece.
And last but by no means least the final wave: green dragon rolls, rainbow rolls and spicy tuna rolls. The dragon rolls were devine; crispy prawn tempura cushioned in sweet rice topped with the freshest, creamiest avocado i have ever been privileged enough to taste.
The rainbow rolls were a pretty display of avocado, salmon, tuna and sea bass draped over crab stick wrapped sushi rolls that tasted clean and fresh.
The spicy tuna maki were bitesize, fiery and perfect with a shaving of pink pickled ginger.
Maki and Ramen is under ten minutes from our flat which is both a beautiful and dangerous thing. We will definitely be returning for many more flat mate dinners; flat mate number 2 loved the dragon rolls so much he ordered two trays to bring home and demolish that same night.
Do yourself a favour and book a table immediately, i guarantee you have not tried sushi this fresh, tasty or moreish. The staff were friendly and polite and the mix of families, couples and groups of young 20 somethings created a carefree chatty atmosphere; with everyone collectively pausing to admire the chef’s culinary skills at smoking some secret delicacy under a bell jar every now and then.
To everyone in the Maki and Ramen Sushi Bar family – thank you. Thank you for reminding me how delicious sushi can be when done right and reminding all three of us to organise our flat mate dinners more often.