Originally posted on April 21, 2016After a lengthy hiatus from the Atlanta dining scene, Alex Kinjo recently reopened MF Sushi at Inman Quarter. This time he traded in the glitzy nightclub vibe of the defunct Buckhead location for a more intimate, sexy yet modern Japanese-style sushi bar. LC decided it would be the ideal spot for my birthday celebration.
Famous not only for brother Chris (Magic Fingers) Kinjo’s delicately balanced sashimi plates, the MF Buckhead location also had Atlanta’s only robata grill. I loved the pieces of fish and fowl sizzling over live coals, and was thrilled to learn the grill was fired up at the new location.
We arrived to find Kinjo behind the host stand in his quintessential fitted black suit. After exchanging pleasantries, he guided us to seats at the sushi bar where I promptly ordered a bottle of Kikusui Perfect Snow, a silky smooth unfiltered sake kept cold in a clever cobalt blue chilling decanter filled with ice.
My birthday dinner began with an avocado ball starter, spicy diced tuna and truffle mousse wrapped with a thin layer of creamy avocado. I could have eaten a plateful of them. But instead we moved on to a refreshing plate of thinly sliced fresh yellowtail with cilantro, serrano peppers, and grated wasabi.
A large salad of mixed greens topped with slices of tender grilled yuzu octopus was fresh and light, tossed with miso vinaigrette. Although it is not served raw, one of my favorite fish at sushi restaurants is unagi, or freshwater eel. At MF, the fatty eel filets are grilled, drizzled with a sweet eel sauce, then they melt in your mouth.
More yellowtail arrived in the form of a roll, topped with smoked salmon, avocado, and sesame seeds, a winning combination especially with freshly grated wasabi. However, I was most excited about our robata grill selections; black cod and duck breast. LC is a corn addict so we added a side of grilled corn on the cob (Yes, at a sushi restaurant!).
The miso-marinated duck breast arrived sizzling on a mini robata grill, its ceramic base filled with smoldering charcoal. Fat dripped from the skin as we devoured the thinly sliced breast, dipping the unusually tender meat into an array of savory Asian sauces.
I thought the duck was amazing but the black cod was even better. Marinated in their special sauce, the thick piece of fish was presented at the precise moment it should be eaten, flaky and buttery, hot off the robata grill. Inspired sauces enhanced its umami taste.
Alex brought out a plate of mango mochi for my birthday, with one little candle. I made a wish and enjoyed each bite of tropically flavored ice cream in its chewy rice wrapper.
The MF Sushi experience rivals all others in Atlanta, from the intricately arranged plates to the understated, elegant service. Although Chris Kinjo’s “magic fingers” are technically in Houston, his magic touch, along with his brother’s marketing savvy, has brought the sexy back to Atlanta’s sushi scene.
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