Clare Myers, Staff Writer
They had us at “free sushi.”
It was a Friday night, and some friends and I were in the mood for sushi. But after paying half a month’s rent for textbooks and staying up too late the night before at TGIT, no one was in the mood to make the trek to a trendy spot in Uptown.
Instead, we visited Midori Sushi, an unassuming place just a few miles from campus. It looked like a fairly standard sushi restaurant when we walked in, with the usual Japanese art on the walls and a quiet buzz from a few other customers there. Shortly after we were seated, however, our server brought us complimentary bowls of steaming miso soup and a sample of one of the house special rolls, called No. 3, to try. As a group of famished (and broke) students, we were delighted. The soup was decent, but the No. 3, a flavorful combination of salmon, crab and green onions, was an instant hit.
The dinner menu included a larger-than-average array of sushi and sashimi, so we ordered a variety to test out. The prices range from around $6-12 for an 8-piece roll, and dine-in customers can also order from an additional paper menu featuring 2-piece sushi ranging from $2-4.
I opted for another taste of No. 3 ($6.50), which proved to be my favorite. The seafood was fresh and the green onions accentuated the salmon and crab, creating a strong flavor without being too intense.
I also sampled several other rolls, all of which I enjoyed. The “Red Dragon” roll ($10), which balanced salmon and crab with avocado and asparagus, had an agreeable bite from the mildly spicy sauce and a satisfying crunch from the asparagus. Softshell crab was the star of the “Spider” roll ($9.50), a crispy choice with honeyed accents that were pleasant but bordered on overly sweet. The “Jewish” roll ($8) did a nice job balancing salmon and cream cheese, but it was loosely packed and a challenge to navigate with chopsticks.
Feeling bold, we tasted the “Wasabi Tobiko” ($2.25), a simple 2-piece roll with a twist: wasabi-flavored fish eggs. Midori’s wasabi was fairly mild, but the pieces were stuffed with the tiny green eggs. When I popped the entire piece into my mouth, let’s just say it cleared my sinuses. That flavor punch was perfectly balanced with the rice and seaweed in the roll.
In addition to sushi, Midori offers a selection of appetizers and sides, ranging from steamed rice ($.99) to “Tuna Tataki” ($10.95). I tried a tasty bowl of vegetable fried rice ($2.50).
Service was good, though Midori is not a place I would go in a hurry. Our multiple servers were friendly and helpful, explaining what some of the more obscure menu choices were and frequently refilling our drinks. We thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely sushi dinner without breaking the bank, and while I was not blown away by Midori, I would certainly return.
Nearest DART station: North Lake College Station
Distance from UD: 2.4 miles
How to get there from UD: Take the Orange Line toward DFW Airport station for 3 stops. Get off at North Lake College station and take the 401 bus toward Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing STA for 5 stops (about 5 minutes). Get off at MacArthur @ Cottonwood Valley, and Midori will be about 200 feet away.