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“Awesome Sushi”
Review of SushiMakio

Ranked #6 of 222 Restaurants in Kingston
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 25
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Not only are the Sushi dishes at SushiMakio scrumptious on the palate, but each plate is beautifully crafted and presented as edible artwork. This is not your run of the mill fish; the seafood leaving Idesako's kitchen is a study in perfect seasoning, aged just so, brining out subtle textures and flavors you won't find from careless preparation. We invite you to experience the difference. Visit Executive Sushi Chef Makio Idesako at SushiMakio and sample the delicious offerings that he prepares six days a week for dinner. Call in advance to reserve your seat at the Sushi Bar for an Omakase experience ($55pp -7 Courses, $65pp 8 Courses, $75pp 10 Courses) and Makio will craft a personal sushi adventure tailored to your tastes. Sushi Master Makio Idesako came to New York in 1972 after 10 years of intensive training in Satsuma and Tokyo, Japan to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant in the United States. Sushi had only breached the shores of California a mere decade prior in 1964, when Chef Mashita of the Tokyo Kaikan restaurant in Los Angeles created the first "California Roll." Not yet the cultural phenomenon ubiquitous in strip malls across the country, Sushi was practiced only by master technicians in their stark temple-like kitchens of buddhist simplicity. A knife, the fish, and the hands of a master were the traditional Japanese ingredients upon which Modern American Sushi built it's own identity. Chef Makio honed his craft with fellow visionaries at Manhattan's Tokubei 86 and the French-Fusion Cafe Seiyoken before realizing his dream with the opening of Satsuma-Ya Japanese Restaurant in 1989. This family business was the talk of Mamaroneck, NY for over a decade, and Mike, as regulars at Satsuma started to call him, was often praised by patrons and press for his meticulous craftsmanship and artistic flair. Satsuma-Ya was a reflection of Mike's roots in the Kogoshima Prefecture (formerly Satsuma) where he was raised and began his culinary career at the age of 19. Great Sushi is informed by Japan's rich cultural appreciation for aesthetics and balance. The arts of ike-bana (flower arranging), origami (artistic paper folding), ukiyo-e (woodblock printing), kabuki (classical dance drama), bonsai (topiary sculpture) and other Japanese cultural institutions can be found reflected on the plate. From Manhattan to Westchester, Poughkeepsie to Long Island, Makio has been infused with New York "Chutzpah" without loosing sense of his roots. Satisfied with his accomplishments, Idesako had closed Satsuma's doors in 2005 for a brief retirement when he received a call from John Novi, chef/owner of the DePuy Canal House in High Falls, NY. Hailed by Time Magazine as "The Father of New American Cooking," Novi's successful fine dining bistro was lacking the essential flavor of Sushi. Turning to his friend Makio, together they created Amici Sushi, and the public immediately took notice. It was at Amici that Makio perfected his Omakase - A style of Sushi service where the patron entrusts the Chef to curate an innovative selection of hand picked dishes. Omakase is likened to an artistic performance, highlighting the Chef's mastery of technique, fish selection and palate as offerings transition from delicate to bold over as many as ten courses. With the success of Amici came the opportunity to migrate to Bull & Buddha, a massive undertaking by restauranteur Jacob Frydman. Makio brought his skills to this upscale Poughkeepsie restaurant, and continued to receive high praise for his sushi, especially the Omakase. With momentum at his back and a world of innovation ahead, Makio left the Bull & Buddha to take on a new vision at SushiMakio.
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Very good appetizers and sushi...was advised to try months ago. Recommend making reservations and only open mostly for dinner.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Delicious food in intimate (only 30 seats) Japanese jewel box restaurant. Every item fresh and delicious- service swift and sweet/ recommended without reservation. Unpretentious storefront location - if this was set in uptown Kingston wall street or upscale Rhinebeck or charming nearby woodsy setting, would be world famous! and probably more expensive. I also liked the heated real towels- too often missing or replaced by handi wipes today at other Japanese places. Thank you for everything - down to linen napkins and cloths.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

In a small strip mall amidst every chain store American offers, you will find this little treasure, a cozy sushi joint with white tablecloth service. I am no sushi buff, but found the food to be fresh and tasty. The special rolls were not too exotic, the house sake and Pinot Grigio were fine. Keep the edamame coming!

Thank Kathy H
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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Fresh, fresh, fresh.
Excellent dishes in an unassuming strip mall. Not fancy but The Real Deal! Enjoy.

1  Thank Hrvnyc
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We dined here for the second time and we’re very pleased. We had a very nice dinner with a selection of appetizers, several different rolls and a sashimi dinner. The help is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. There is a wine list. The place is small - 8 or 9 tables - so reservations, particularly on likely busy nights are a good idea.

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Thank Bermudaman
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