Sushi, like the best Halloween candy, is bite-size, colorful, and often filled with fish eggs. Make every day a holiday with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Maki Sushi Bar in Peabody.
The sushi chefs at Maki Sushi Bar hand roll traditional maki and slice slivers of sashimi, giving the menu a contemporary makeover with unique sauces and glazes. Thinly sliced, spiced, and marinated squid salad ($6.95) sambas in a refreshing sea of sesame oil and sesame seeds, and the seafood martini ($10.95) shakes up the classic cocktail with a glass brimming with cubed tuna, salmon, white tuna, white fish, and seaweed salad doused in a lemon-soy vinaigrette. The tempura-style Blizzard roll ($7.95) treats tongues to a torrent of fish and scallions drenched in white sauce and kabayaki glaze, as a similarly topped Sushi Pizza roll ($10.95) adds tuna and avocado to the mix to pay homage to Italy's famed guacamole canals. Bento boxes come with built-in white-rice racks, soup, salad, gyoza, cream-cheese-stuffed dumplings, vegetables, and a four-piece California roll, and can be joined by centerpieces such as panko-crusted striper bass ($16.95) or scallop teriyaki ($17.95).
Low lighting and wood floors snuggle up to minimally decorated coral and off-white walls, making Maki's matter-of-course mien comfortable for casual dates or sleepy seahorses. The sushi haven keeps its doors open Tuesday–Sunday for both lunch and dinner, but shutters shop from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday–Friday due to daily screenings of Gone With the Wind.
Maki Sushi Bar
At Maki Sushi Bar, pale yellow walls accented with a crisp, rust-hued stripe surround dark wood tables and a sushi bar where chefs artfully slice up fresh fish into eye-pleasing Japanese dishes. Before diving into main courses, stomachs warm up with a series of calisthenics and bites of starters such as the gyoza's pan-fried pork dumplings. Signature specials blanket plates with bites from the deep blue, seasoned delicately and accented with unexpected ingredients. The seafood martini hosts salmon, tuna, and seaweed salad in an long-stemmed martini glass. To sip more liquid spirits from stemware, patrons select from a full menu of signature cocktails, such as the Crazy Makitini or the Japanese mojito. After exploring a rainbow of nigiri, sashimi, and maki rolls, tongues delight in tasting sweet bites of tempura cheesecake à la mode or crafting sweet mouth guards out of mochi ice cream.