Natick >Food & Dining > Minado Restaurant
1282 Worcester Road, Natick, MA | Directions 0176042.299157 -71.383760
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. - Sun. 11:30am - 3pm
This is great restaurant, but just want to mention, for anyone who does not drink, be aware that most of the fish is marinated in Saki (Japanese wine). But all the sushi is free of Alcohol.
Amazing buffet – If you craving for sushi, this is the best place. Unlimited oysters!!!,
Minado Review – One of my gal friends took me and another friend here for the first time a couple weeks ago, and we were pleasantly surprised! We were expecting a small, crowded, average buffet in a shady location, but instead we went in and found cute tables with paper screen walls and a much larger selection of food than most of the buffet places I frequent. And the all you can eat sushi is actually good! Imagine that, huh? Their selection is really good, since they offer traditional rolls, maki rools, and sashimi, plus all the sauces too (even though I never use them, they had spicy mustard, spicy mayo, wasabi, and pickled ginger). The rest of the buffet was a fusion of everything (salads, tempura, mixed vegies & meats, etc.) the works! For dessert they have cakes, jello, a few different flavors of soft serve ice cream (the green tea frozen yogurt was my favorite, but you can't really get that wrong :d ), and fruits. Probably the only buffet I look forward to coming back to.
Plus it's right across from the Natick mall, so after a full day's worth of shopping you can get a nice, full stomach in as well for a cheapo price :)
Good food, but expensive at dinner – dinner price i feel is expensive--29/ person which is much more than normal chinese restuarant. But I really enjoyed their sushi. Even some of my japanese friends said it is so good.
Amazing selection for a buffet – Don't expect the best quality raw fish here and don't expect your makis to be tightly rolled. It's a buffet after all. The plates of raw fish replenish itself very slowly and so on the weekend, you might actually eat through the entire bufet without ever getting to a slice of salmon. People fight over a fresh plate of raw fish. Get in line and stay in line with two plates in your hand -- no need to be polite here. If you prefer handrolls, you can ask one of the chefs behind the counter to make you one. Usually they don't refuse unless they are super busy. The hot food selections are quite decent, too. A buffet worth its steep price!
Empty stomach & Craving for Fish – I agreed with the other reviewer on Minado. I only go there when I am craving fish and very hungry. Lunch meal only offers veggi rolls and a few sushi nigiri, and salads are not so creative any more. I love to see some of Latino infused salads, but also those labor used so massively is kinda hard to see.
I tihnk the service is getting worse over the year as the price is going up.. what is going on with that?
Excellent asian salads – I went to Minado on a weekday for dinner. I was curious about the idea of sushi buffet. The place place gets very busy in no time. My recommendation is to show up early (5-6pm). The "appetizer" list was extremely rich. Seaweed salad, black seaweed, octopus and calamari salads, noodle soup station, and on - in addition to confort food items(wings-pizza...).Moving on to sushi, large variety, a lot of rice, line busy all the time, small pieces of meat, average to below average taste. Some sashimi pieces are served for dinner customers- I tried the tuna and the macarel. The tuna sashimi pieces were badly presented, cut in cube shapes (like small kabobs). Both the tuna and macarel sashimi were not tasty. The oysters were small and not tasty.
If I ever go back, it will be for the salads and soup.
All drinks, tea are extra.
Avoid until management addresses problems – We've patronized Minado in NYC & NJ for 4 yrs, approx. 30 visits, & happily spotted the Natick branch during a visit. During Sunday lunch & while only 50% occupied, it took 10-20 minutes waiting in a line to access the sushi bar. The other food platters were not replenished and more were empty than not. We requested the Mgr to express our dismay & he claimed employees "were being trained". It seemed insincere & he made no effort to make amends though he claimed he was 'part owner'. The food was mixed, some good and others below Minado's standard fare. Waiting in lines for too many empty platters defeats the goal of buffet dining. Until management addresses these problems, try the other Minados...not this one.
GREAT FOOD BUT NOT KID FRIENDLY! – This place is not very kid friendly at all. They tried to stick us with a bill for our 10 month old son who only ate a few bites.Then told me he would have to be measured he was asleep and we had to wake him up. I love the food but this to me is not "kid friendly" You may want to call to get all the details of their kid friendly rules before you go. As I said before the food is wonderful but something to think about if you have kids!
Test Your Limits Here – Biggest and best buffet around. This is nothing more than a feeding ground for hungry patrons. Ambiance is like a college cafeteria but for most that doesn't matter. Getting more food than you can possibly eat in a week in one sitting is what you go for. Sushi is average but good...
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