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  • 4.0 star rating
    25/5/2014

    Mai Sushi really, really surprised me. It's one of the few places, in London, Japan or anywhere else, where I've actually enjoyed sushi. Yes, it's Chinese-run. Yes, it's about as authentically Japanese as chicken tikka masala is authentically Indian.

    It's also really quite good. The dragon roll in particular is huge and delicious, with perfect pieces of avocado and wonderful prawn tempura. Mains of tori don and unagi don paled in comparison to their Japanese counterparts, (both dishes were far, far too soggy) but the unagi don in particular was also significantly cheaper than any I've had in Japan. So a reprieve.

    An extensive and inexpensive Sake list's another huge bonus here.

    Service is indeed spotty, but it was friendly enough - and sometimes being left alone for a while can be a benefit - it's quite an intimate restaurant.

    An excellent choice if wanting to kill time waiting for a train at Euston.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/10/2013
    ROTD 15/5/2014

    My oh Mai.

    Sometimes I get a mega-maki hankering.
    Sometimes this occurs by Euston, where I find myself often.
    When these two collide - oh, glory be! - I head to Mai.

    Tucked down a street right by the British Museum (Halfway between Euston and Kings Cross), this ain't much to look at from the outside.

    Staff, however, are super-great.
    And rolls are fish-stuffed.
    And rice is (if you're lucky) nice and warm.
    And I love resting my chopsticks on those ceramic holders and pouring my soy sauce into a vessel care of a mini saline teapot.  
    IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS.

    I've only ever had sushi here, though I've been tempted by katsu don. I highly recommend the spicy tuna and tuna crunch rolls, complete with finely diced chive and the right degree of spice. Generous with the ginger, I also like the simpler nigiri and veggie sushi stuffed with pickle, cucumber and avocado.  And sure, I'll fess up: I'm a sucker for a prawn tempura.

    Take away, and free delivery for 2 miles (one set lunch direct to the British Library, puhlease!).

    Yelp note: only disappointment ever has been the miso soup. From a dry mix, I think, as the flavour is weak and bottom of the bowl left grainy with un dissolved miso bits. Pass on this and make room for delicious things like gyoza!

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/6/2014

    Very delicious sushi restaurant, central location, close to the euston station.
    Very friendly staff, my highlight: tiger roll and crunchy roll *mmmh*
    As a desert I can highly recommend the fried ice cream!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/11/2013
    Listed in Eats Beyond Soho

    Chinese owned/run sushi joint within a very short walk of Euston station. Avoid the drunk blokes on the benches outside and the (presumably less drunk?) blokes in their parked cars, eyeing you as you walk past (seriously, what is it with this street?) and you'll enter this unpretentious little establishment.

    Service was spotty: we were left blessedly alone while we decided what we wanted, but weren't asked if we wanted to start with drinks while we perused the menu. The wait for the bill was long, and it took a long time to flag down anyone to get the bill itself. Despite the table being large and there being plenty of space on it, they kept whisking plates away the second you reached for the last piece, which made me wonder if they were perhaps running low on plates in the kitchen.

    The menu was surprisingly concise and somewhat uninspired. I usually like to 'break in' a sushi place with either a sashimi sampler or, my favourite, chirashi-zushi. Chirashi wasn't an option here, and the sashimi platter was grouped with sushi and looked rather bland, so I opted to let my friend do all the ordering.

    Our appetiser was a broiled scallop dish in mayo, served with tobiko over wakame. I've seen this same dish in various incarnations at just about every B-grade sushi joint the world over, and it's a consistent (if somewhat redundant) crowd pleaser: fresh scallops, creamy sauce with a hint of spice, crunchy tobiko, fresh wakame. Nice, but not really worth £9.

    The maki we tried were somewhat awkwardly-rolled, with a slightly heavier rice-to-filling ratio than I would expect at this price point (£9-11 per six piece roll). Rice was fresh but lacked any vinegar. Fillings were ample in proportion to everything else, but flavours were, again, somewhat uninspired. Spicy this, crunchy that. Nothing you haven't tried before.

    Three rolls, one appetiser, one miso soup, and one dessert (I didn't try either the miso, which did look watery, or the tempura ice cream, which looked alright) came out to £42 (with 10% gratuity included), which felt steep to me. Noise level was moderate, and there were more fruit flies buzzing around than one might have anticipated in early November, but otherwise this place is a solid middle-of-the-road local option.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/12/2012
    Listed in Japanese Food!

    I had an MRI scan this morning. It's a pretty daunting experience and while it wasn't as bad as I'd heard it would be, I was definitely glad when it was over. Especially when I realised that the fact it was over meant sushi time! My lovely mum took me here for an early post-hospital lunch. We were faintly put off at being greeted by the sight of a 3 star scores on the doors sticker but quickly agreed that scores on the doors are kind of stupid, and anyway we'd be prepared to take all manners of risks for sushi. I am so glad we didn't walk away!

    The service was great. Our waitress was lovely, even moving the heater nearer to our table when we sat down! Our sushi wasn't perfectly formed but was the perfect temperature and tasted amazing and very fresh. It was also really generous with the fillings, I hate when you order maki and get a tiny, match sized sliver of fish in the middle! We had 2 Asahis, a tuna maki, two salmon maki's and a cucumber maki. It was just right for a light lunch.

    And the bill for 24 pieces of sushi and 2 beers? Under £20.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/8/2010
    1 check-in First to Review

    Having lived in Kings Cross for nearly 15 years I had heard various rumours of there being a good sushi place nearby. About six months ago I undertook the mission and found it. I am glad that I did. This is the best sushi in the Kings X/Euston area by a mile. Indeed it stands up as being pretty good on a London wise basis. I have now been back 4 times.

    The decor is plain - this is neighbourhood restaurant stuff. However, the service is attentive and the money goes into the ingredients. The blackened cod is as good as my wife has had. The Nigiri and hand rolls are excellent, as are the tempura. My only danger is that I liked the stuff I had the first time so much that I haven't been more adventurous with the menu. However the quality looks (from others diners experiences) to carry to all their dishes.

    Why not 5 stars? The wine list is v short! Essentially there is a choice of about 5 wines in total, none of which are great. I think they should offer a corkage facility of £5 or £10. It is something I would definitely take advantage of.

    Over all though, if you haven't been, and are nearby, give it a shot! I don't think you will be disappointed.

    • Qype User totall…
    • Nice, France
    • 25 friends
    • 61 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/1/2010

    Mai Sushi misses five stars by a hair's breadth, the service being occasionally a little slow, due to the place's success.

    I discovered this place entirely by accident, as one of my clients (dec.org.uk ) is based opposite and, in search of a bowl of stir-fried noodles, I stepped in one lunchtime.

    I've just downed a plate of Yasai soba - vegetables, tofu and noodle stir-fry, perfectly cooked and not remotely greasy, at £4.80, which is a bargain. The food is fresh, hot (where appropriate) and wholesome. The noodle soups are superb, the tempura crispy and tasty.

    Staff are friendly and apologetic to the point of grovelling when food isn't served quickly. So, I feel a little mean for snatching a star away, but accuracy demands!

    • Qype User david-…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 31 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/7/2009

    A most pleasant experience and a hidden treasure! The restaurant is run in a very family and friendly way without the abundance of Asian kitsch. The cook goes to Billingsgate fishmarket every morning to personally select the freshest fish and the quality shows. We had a hot pot that was fired with real burning coal with an impressive selection of freshest fish and ingredients to share for 22 GBP. The owner is happy to talk you through the menu.
    We are sure to recommend it to our friends and go there as often as possible. It is well worth the trip to an otherwise not too interesting area and can easily be booked for larger groups.

    UPDATE:
    Went to Mai Suhsi again lately and was very pleased to see that they redecorated the place a bit. Lovely! We went on a weekday evening and the place was packed. The recent success resulted in service being a bit slow, surely something that can be fixed if the hype continues. As as always the food was wonderful. Reservations might be advisable now.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/6/2013

    Everyone in my party enjoyed what they had at Mai Sushi.  I was a little skeptical because it was nearly empty and isn't in the greatest of areas, but the sushi did not disappoint.  The wait staff was helpful and moderately knowledgeable given my party's dietary restrictions, and I was pleasantly surprised.

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/1/2012

    Not bad, but not outstanding either.  I had the Sushi and Sashimi chef's combo.  It was pretty good, but I would have expected more variety from a large combo.  The sashimi was only salmon, tuna and yellowtail.  The nigri was exactly the same fish (with one shrimp).  Finally the maki was a standard California roll - all 6 pieces.  Boring!

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/9/2011

    The sushi is pretty good. It's not too expensive and the staff was very friendly. The decor was below average but if you don not care about obeisance, I would say give it a try.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/9/2012

    Good Sushi boxes, decent quality.

    • Qype User George…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    9/2/2013

    I had a very pleasant time in this restaurant, the food was good and the atmosphere was great. My friends seem to love it as well. The food was quick and definitely value for money

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/2/2012
    3 check-ins

    Crunchy tuna and crunchy yellow tail roll are the best! :D

  • 3.0 star rating
    25/9/2012
    1 check-in

    The food was good. It didn't "wow" me, and some things came a bit..."dry" but overall it was decent value for the price.

    • Qype User nitnat…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 1 review
    3.0 star rating
    10/3/2008

    Mai Sushi is a new sushi place that opened a few months ago on Charlton Street. The food is what you would expect for an emerging sushi restaurant, with all the standard foods. The price is slightly hugher than expected, given the location, and the food is nothing special so the higher price isn't really waranted. The atmosphere is good and the service is fast, portions are a decent size. There are also free bonuses, including jasmin tea, a starter, and a jelly dessert. Overall, a decent restaurant, but not one I'm likely to go to often.

    • Qype User stalks…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 15 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    15/8/2011

    Delicious and decent quality. We shared a starter and had one maki set each. It came to £10 each and a little bit of change. However £10 for five shrimp tempura seems a little insane.

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