An eye-catching eatery located at The Cathay that allows you to customise your own sushi and salad. With over 80 ingredients to choose from, you'd be spoilt for choice!
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yummy sushi and salads
Maki-San is a sushi stall located at The Cathay that allows you to customize your own sushi or salad with 80 over ingredients. Customers can choose between brown or regular white rice for their sushi, or choose between salad greens, cold soba and sweet potato glass noodles for their salad base.
Customizing your own sushi sure sounds like fun, however it could turn out pretty nasty if you choose ingredients that don’t go well together! Maki-San started out with their sushi rolls which made them pretty popular, but I always go for the salad bowl. My favorite base ingredient is the sweet potato glass noodles, along with the Sesame dressing. Maki-San’s salad bowls are surprisingly filling, despite the way it sounds and looks.
Maki-San is definitely one of my favorite go-to places for a quick lunch/dinner fix because it is reasonably priced and I’m always left satisfied.
Special just for the novelty.
Don’t shoot me for this, but I’ve never gotten the hype over Maki-San. I cannot consider it sushi, since the rice isn’t even mixed in vinegar, so I don’t get friends who say they are craving sushi and then proceed to Maki-San. That’s not even real sushi!
The fact that you get to customize your own sushi does generate an appeal, but other than that, their prices are rather steep for rolled up rice. However, to be fair, their signature sushi combinations such as Salmon Says are quite tasty. If you choose your own ingredients and it does not taste good, the fault lies on you! Likewise, if you choose your own combination and it tastes phenomenal, good on you!
I like the concept of the store, but unless I was specifically craving Maki-San, its unlikely I will go back on my own accord.
New concept of sushi
Maki San is a sushi shop located at The Cathay (7 mins walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT) that allows customers to customize their own sushi and salad. Customers can choose their own rice (brown or white) and fillings (some available items are sashimi, cucumber and crab stick).
This new method of eating sushi made waves when it first hit the stores - queues could go up to 20 minutes long. This could be attributed to the quirky and picturesque box that holds the sushi. Many customers keep the box after consuming their sushi and use it as pencil cases or make up boxes!
Given its popularity, Maki San opened another outlet at I12 Katong to amass popularity even in the East. However, the sushis are rather pricey - at least $7 for a roll of sushi.
Pretty Sushi Rolls and Yummy Salad Bowls
Most people have heard of Makisan, the designer sushi shop where you customize your very own giant sushi rolls. Their sushi add-ins are freshly prepared, and you can even add fillings like tempura enoki mushrooms and crispy soft-shell crab. It’s only takes a couple of minutes before your sushi roll is packed into a colorful box adorned with sushi motifs. You’ll feel like you’re opening a present as you start to unwrap your sushi!
Although they are more famous for their sushi rolls, I always get their salad bowls whenever I visit Makisan. With base options from soba to sweet potato glass noodles, along with a variety of toppings such as grilled veggies and teriyaki chicken, Makisan’s salad bowls are filling and fun to eat. Pick the healthier options of steamed shrimp and edamame, or go crazy with the tempura batter crunch.
Priced at $9.90 for a Mega San Sushi Roll or Big San Salad Bowl, Makisan is one of my go-to places for a quick takeaway or a simple satisfying lunch. There’s something at Makisan for everyone, whether you are an eat-clean addict, or a fried food junkie.
Make your sushi and eat it too
Not only a pretty sight to look at, but pretty good to eat too! I’ve always admired the cute packaging and the aesthetic of the sushi that comes with it, and although I’m not particularly fond of sushi, I knew I had to try Maki-San once in my life.
Customizing your own maki or salad actually takes some skill - a wrong ingredient might make your sushi taste strange and unappetizing. I was conservative with my choices, but eventually, my sushi was dry and tasteless, and drenching it in soy sauce didn’t help much. It wasn’t too bad though, and I wouldn’t mind coming back just for practice!
Lack of experience would be exactly what ruins your experience, but overall, Maki-San is a fun lunch. Servers are also generous with the rice and ingredients, so you’d be able to get your fill here.
Maki San lets you build your sushi from a range of ingredients, letting you select a few of each type, depending on your desired size, Little or Mega San. I always go for Mega San so i can choose more ingredients.
The also have an option for you to fry your sushi, but it really shouldn’t exist. For the extra cost it could actually make your sushi worse. You have to think through your ingredients carefully, as sashimi inside a fried sushi is just such a waste.
Pro Tip: Maki San sushi is also served in a really cute box that you could repurpose as a pencil box. There are a variety of designs to if you go with a group you could trade around for patterns you like.
Yummy DIY Maki
I've been dying to try the sushi at Maki-San ever since I first saw it on Instagram some time back. What's different at Maki-San, you may wonder. Isn't sushi all the same? At Maki-San, you get to customize your food in entirety without getting your hands dirty!
I finally paid them a visit recently and I couldn't be happier! You can either eat-in or takeaway, they don't have that many seats though. All you need to do is check the boxes off according to your whim - you can select either Little San or Mega San, the type of rice and fillings, sprinkles and sauces. Nobody's gonna judge you however bizarre your chosen combination is anyway, so bring on whatever that floats your boat.
Besides customizing your own maki, you can make your own salad too. We tried customizing a salad with cold soba as its base but it didn't turn out as well, probably because my boyfriend and I didn't pick complementary ingredients.
We really enjoyed our maki and will definitely be back for more. The glutton in me will never say no to yummy sushi! And I'll keep the adorable box containing that maki the next time I visit.
Yummy Maki in my Tummy
I finally tried Maki-San today and got it off my bucket list! Well it is not exactly on my list but it almost felt that way because I have always wanted to try but never got to do so till now.
The long awaited first bite was definitely very satisfactory. What is so enticing about Maki-San is the fact that you get to customize your own masterpiece. I choose brown rice because you do not get to have it at other sushi outlets and the plus points of eating healthy! They have an interesting sauce name Ponzu (some kind of Japanese Citrus Fruit), so I decided to give it a try. The sauce is quite light, so I was not able to taste it but it has a unique fruity scent.
The sushi masters were efficient in delivering the yummy goods, keeping their hungry customers happy. There are also lovely 3D sushi figurines and descriptions on the interior walls of the shop, making the whole outlook very cheerful.
I will not hesitate to go for another round of Maki-San, which is not just a treat to the eyes (with their beautifully designed boxes) but also a treat to the stomach! :D
When I first heard about Maki-san, I immediately knew I had to try it. I have a special place in my heart and stomach that is reserved for sushi, so sushi that I can customize myself sounds perfect. Plus, the boxes they arrive in are so colourful and cute! I know of many people that keep the box when they're done with the meal, whether to turn into a pencil case or wallet or whatever suits their fancy.
The order forms are organized and easy to understand, and I like that they have brown rice as a healthy option. It was quite funny to see everyone stressing and analyzing over what ingredients and sauce would go with what, but I think that's part of the charm of Maki-san - cooking without getting your hands dirty or having to clean up. The sushi chefs were very efficient, and even though the place was packed we didn't have to wait long before we could collect our food.
While the sushi looks puny for a full meal, it is actually quite filling. However, for those with bigger appetites, I recommend ordering the Mega-San (an option where you can choose more ingredients) and a side dish. The mega-san also enables you to choose one "special" and you can put in things like salmon sashimi, smoked duck etc. Pretty worth it!
I have seen so many cute photos from Makisan with their nicely packed sushi placed in a very attractive box. So, I decided to try it myself and I wasn't disappointed.
The order form was clear and I did not have any problems with ordering. My only problem was that I wanted everything in my sushi! Finally I decided on just 3 ingredients without any dressing. I dislike dressings in most of my food as I like the original flavor. The size I chose was the little san for $6.90. Salads and drinks can be added to the combo as well.
Little san did not look as filling as it actually was. Though it is quite pricey for just a roll of sushi, I really enjoyed the whole experience of being able to customize my sushi with the ingredients that I like, and omitting things that I dislike.