Makizo is a quiet achiever of a restaurant, located on the main strip across from Edgecliff station and serving up a varied modern Japanese menu for locals who pack out the compact space for their weekend dinners. A friend of ours who lived in the area recommended Makizo to us as he was one such regular, and we decided to head in to check it out for a casual dinner on a Saturday night.
We were lucky to get a table without a booking as the restaurant filled up quickly around us. We kept it simple and went for the Aburi Salmon Roll to share, which featured lightly seared salmon slices on top of a California roll, drizzled with a delicious yuzukosho aioli that blends mayo with hints of chilli and citrus zest, miso sauce and some pops of tobiko roe.
Aburi Salmon Roll, $20
We also tried their Hawaiian Poke Bowl that showcased chunks of fresh salmon and tuna, tossed with a tasty safu dressing and wasabi mayo, all mixed in with cucumber, red onion, shallots, avocado, seaweed salad and shredded nori on a bed of sushi rice. This is a great dish for summer, although it was a bit light on the amount of sashimi in comparison to the rest of the ingredients, when shared between two of us.
Hawaiian Poke Bowl, $18
There’s a reason the locals seem to keep coming back to Makizo, with their reasonably priced menu delivering solid meals with subtle hints of interesting ingredients (mostly in their dressings) to elevate it above your standard suburban Japanese dining experience. While it is not the most adventurous contemporary Japanese fare we’ve tried, there’s something for everyone on their extensive menu which ranges from sashimi and sushi to bento dinner boxes and noodle soups.
210c New South Head Road, Edgecliff NSW 2027
Phone: (02) 9327 7747