Salad bars and healthy food establishments have been popping up aplenty in the last few years, which is definitely good news for the health conscious. They usually boast a a pick-n-mix type concept offer the kind of flexibility that suits different dietary needs. One such food outlet is Maki-San, a sushi/salad shop that lets customers design their meal.
I visited the 112katong outlet on a Thursday evening, looking for a quick and healthy dinner. The place was expectedly quiet, given that it was a weeknight, with plenty of free seating within and outside the shop.Decked out in funky colours, the shop gave off a casual vibe. Customers pick what they want using a sushi or salad order form. Alternatively, a selection of pre-designed items are available for order for the more indecisive individuals. The service staff at this outlet were friendly and helpful, despite it already being the end of the day. I was pleasantly surprised by their enthusiasm as they assisted me with my order and payment. Upon payment at the counter, a receipt with the order number is presented and the food is then prepared. It’s not a long wait before customers can collect their meal, after their order number is reflected on a screen in the shop.
I ordered the Mega San, which is the largest bowl, with all the fixins (romaine lettuce, broccoli, roast pumpkin, grilled eggplant, grilled mushrooms, avocado, chicken, bonito flakes, almond flakes, unagi) dressed with yuzu sesame dressing. An additional drink cost me a dollar. My first thought on seeing my “mega-san” was, “that’s it?” The bowl looked underwhelmingly small and I seriously doubted its ability to satisfy my hunger. A few chunks of chicken and some slivers of unagi were the only protein sources to be had. Even more disappointing was the minute cubes of roast pumpkin that were barely visible among the leaves.
To be fair, I didn’t feel hungry after finishing the bowl. I also didn’t feel full enough to ward off the post-dinner munchies. Taste-wise, the dressing offered a refreshingly citrusy and nutty taste to the otherwise plain-tasting combination of vegetables. The unagi had a weird rubbery texture, unlike those found in typical Japanese restaurants.
The one distinct plus point of Maki-San is that it offers a variety of Japanese inspired ingredients and dressings that other establishments usually do not offer. Portion sizes might disappoint larger eaters looking for a good protein hit, but will suit anyone with a smaller appetite or those looking for a healthy snack. Or birds.
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