Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Minado - 2888 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, NJ 07950 (Japanese)
A chain of Japanese restaurants located in various spots throughout NJ, NY, MA and even PA. Elegantly decorated, Minado specializes in all-you-can-eat seafood buffets (a concept which might make Nobu regulars sneer.) Yet the food is surprisingly good...especially the sushi. Available in a wide range of variations--both veggie and seafood--the rolls are fresh, artistically presented, and in ample supply (with chefs on hand to quickly refill as supplies run low.)

The hot entrees are high quality, too. No, there's no Okonomiyaki, but almost everything else is available - including tasty renditions of kinpira salad to udon, soba, tempura and chicken teriyaki. Desserts include fresh fruit, strawberry yogurt and little pastries such as chocolate or carrot cake. If you're in the mood, there's even Japanese beer and plum wine to finish off the meal....resulting in quite the satisfactory dining experience.

Running $16.50 for a weekend lunch, the prices are a little high...but the food is arguably worth it. Given the friendly atmosphere and variation, Minado is perhaps the perfect place for introducing a newbie to Japanese fare (not so scary, with lots to choose from.) No, it ain't Sakagura, but the Inari sushi and grilled eggplant are really to die for. What more can you ask for - especially in the middle of New Jersey!?

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