Can one have way too much Japanese food?
I didn’t think it was possible, but at Minado… it is.
Minado is a special trip when you live in Boston: you have to drive 30 minutes out to get to Natick where the restaurant is located by the Natick mall (not IN the Natick mall). I rented a Zipcar just for the occasion and waited 35 minutes to be seated.
Honestly, I never enjoy buffets (which if I haven’t mentioned yet - Minado is a “Japanese Seafood” buffet) simply because I can never get my money’s worth and when food is mass-produced so quickly, quality tends to spin off. But I have to say, Minado was one of the more enjoyable buffets I have been to. They had good broccoli tempura, tasty side salads (seaweed salad nom!), and a really good green tea froyo machine! Unfortunately, the sushi was a complete miss, but what can you expect when you’re standing in line watching a group of Mexicans hurry back and forth trying to make a spicy dragon roll, shrugs. (Not being racist or anything…) I don’t like rolls, but if you can’t get a roll right, a nigiri might be even harder.
I expected not to have great sushi, so it wasn’t a major disappointment. With that said, Minado was actually above my expectations! Would I go back? I don’t know… I stuffed myself until I was sick… (But I still left room for dessert.) Maybe if I am feeling adventurous enough - because going to Minado requires a steel stomach and an ambitious eating mindset.