Maki-San

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New concept of sushi
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.
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Pretty Sushi Rolls and Yummy Salad Bowls
Overall Score 
 
3.5
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.
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Make your sushi and eat it too
Overall Score 
 
3.5
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.
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Subway-style Sushi
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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.
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Makin' Maki
(Updated: October 24, 2014)
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4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
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!


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Best Part:
Customizable
Branch Location:
The Cathay
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Customised sushi
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
3.0
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Overall Score 
 
3.5
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.

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Average Spent Per Person:
8
Best Part:
customised sushi
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Everyone can be a sushi designer!
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
3.5
As the previous reviews suggest, Makisan allows you to customize your own sushi. Now doesn't that sound awesome??? You get to design your own sushi to your palate. But with everything customizable, you are ultimately responsible if the taste doesn't turn out alright. Been there, done that. :( They have two options available - Little San ($7.90) and Megasan ($9.90). I always order the Mega-san because I'm greedy and in this case, more is more!

On my first two trips there, I had amazing sushi, the combination was normal white rice with seaweed, asparagus, tamago, tempura enoki, steamed ebi, avocado, soft shell crab, tempura crunch and jap mayo. As you can tell, I love my greens *chuckles*
^The above combo^ was amazing to me, I loved it so much!! I felt so proud of my choice but to credit them, the ingredients are really fresh and the tempura crunch was crispy and adds an interesting texture to the sushi.

On my third trip last week, my itchy hands opted for something different. I replaced the tempura enoki and avocado with parmesan and cheddar cheese, replaced jap mayo with cury sauce, and opted to deep fry my sushi (at an extra cost of $1.50). That was really bad.... and I regretted it so much :( Firstly, the cheese DID NOT melt when the sushi was fried. You know in my mind I was envisioning hot cheese oozing out, which did not happen. So it tasted kinda weird. Next, the curry sauce tasted funky and peppery... just weird. Lastly, fried sushi just doesn't work because the rice becomes hard. Meh!!!!! I tried my friend's normal one with the main ingredients being unagi and teriyaki sauce and it tasted so nice.

TIP: Do not deep fry, do not order curry sauce, do not add cheeses/bacon/anything western-ish and you'll have yourself a nice, affordable and cute roll of maki ^_^

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Average Spent Per Person:
10
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Small outlet packs a big punch
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
2.5
Service 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
Maki-San has a lot going for it. Creative concept, affordability without sacrificing quality and a great location. No wonder it's a hit among teens and young adults, with the little outlet at The Cathay being packed during mealtimes. Ordering from Maki-San is simple enough; choose what's to be included in your sushi roll or just select one from the menu. With cute names like 'Kevin's Bacon San' and 'Wasab-Baby San', how can one resist ordering from the menu?

Being able to choose what you want in your sushi roll makes for a great plus point, especially for picky eaters. However, there are some downsides. Certain popular sushi ingredients aren't available and people with a large appetite are on the losing end. Even the large roll barely makes for a filling meal and the small roll is more of an afterthought.

Maki-San's popularity is justified, not being mere hype. They have done well to cash in on the DIY factor, which teens and young adults are drawn to!

Optional Information:

Average Spent Per Person:
10
Branch Location:
The Cathay
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Yummy DIY Sushi!
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Food / Beverage 
 
4.0
Ambience 
 
4.0
Service 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Overall Score 
 
4.0
I've been dying to try Maki-san and I finally got to try it over the weekend! At first, I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I didn't even know about the DIY sushi thing until I walked up to the counter and saw order forms. I really liked the idea of having DIY sushi. I get to pick all my favourite essentials and not have to worry about the ones I don't like.

My order didn't take long to come, after I walked back to my seat and started chatting to my friends, it was time for us to get up and claim our sushi boxes. Plus, the sushi boxes are SUPER cute! My friends and I decided to be hoarders and kept them.

Overall, I think your selection of essentials must complement one another if not you're going to end up with a weird combination maki. It's not the best sushi in town but it's really good and super worth your money! You get 8 huge makis for only $7.90 and even bigger ones at $9.90. They're just so filling as well. I'm sure to go back there one day.
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Unique Dining Experience with Great Food.
Overall Score 
 
3.5
I have to admit, my expectation for the food wasn’t high. I thought a restaurant that had a unique dining experience wouldn’t spend much thought on the food itself. I was wrong. Not only was the food nice, I especially enjoyed the fact that I get to choose the ingredients in my salad.

The service was especially fast too. My salad came less than a minute after I passed my order. I ordered the medium and was immensely surprised at the portion. It was totally worth the 10 bucks.

The shop also has cute sushi packaging that is definitely instagram-worthy. If you are looking for a unique sushi/salad experience, this is the place.

Optional Information:

Branch Location:
The Cathay
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