Yep! This is indeed the predecessor to Todai. I was honestly hoping to lay off the food in preparation for my grandmother’s homemade Thanksgiving dinner (this is the first time in a long while that she’s cooking and not ordering!), but things change, life happens. And then I eat.

I liked this Long Island location alot better than the Todai in Manhattan. Maybe it’s because we were one of the early ones so we had alot more varieties of sushi, but… The place seemed cleaner and the turnaround for the sushi was alot faster!

You’ve probably been here before right? If not to this Minado then to one of the other billion locations that they have? It’s great. Tons of sushi and hot food + varieties of dessert for $20. But as usual, I walk out with a massive food coma and it’s painful to even walk.

That looks good, doesn’t it? Well, it was.

That’s Patrick’s first round. He had three more after. Champ.

I’ve made it known that I don’t like shellfish. But that mussel looked SO good. It looked like melted cheese on top, but I’m probably wrong. Anyway, it didn’t taste too good, but you have to give me brownie points for trying!

The Japanese eggplant is amazing! Of course it’s fried, but I literally had a plateful of it. And those noodles are peanut noodles! I have such a weakness for anything containing peanuts. If only it had peanut butter along with the peanuts in the noodles…

So isn’t that sushi in the back weird? Yep, it’s purple and not photoshopped. I think they call it black rice?

We do like our dipping sauces and ginger…

LOOK AT THAT! It’s like a dream come true because you can have as many as you want. I sampled all of the small square-ish cakes and they include:

  • Blueberry
  • Raspberry
  • Green Tea
  • Banana Walnut
  • Strawberry
  • Mocha
  • Lemon
  • Carrot

The best were the lemon and carrot cake hands down. Patrick got the green tea fresh out of the box- as in fresh out of the freezer. You didn’t think that they actually made these cakes, did you now?

Those fruit pastries were so beautifully laid out. Too made they didn’t taste that great. The pastry was stale (?) and chewy.

Pitting the next top contenders against each other- the banana walnut and the blueberry. They were decent although the blueberry was surprisingly moist.

Last but not least, frozen soft serve ice cream! You can get vanilla, green tea, or a mix of both. By the time we got to ice cream, I was so stuffed, I could only down a spoonful or so.

So that’s it… for now. That was the lunch round. Can’t wait to see what Grandmother is a-cooking for dinner! Stay tuned!

219 Glen Cove Rd
Carle Place, NY 11514-1204
(516) 294-9541
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