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restaurant of the month - october 2007

Midori Fusion Japanese Restaurant

Chef Lee offers “New York style” variety

MIDORI FUSION JAPANESE RESTAURANT combines the skills of an internationally trained chef with an intimate, family-friendly location.

The restaurant is located in Mequon, just 15 minutes north of downtown.

Executive Chef Yamamoto Lee and his wife, Seong Lee are the owners, and have trained the friendly staff to easily answer any questions about the cuisine. We’ve visited the restaurant with those who were timid about anything related to eating fish, and with hard-core sushi lovers.

All of them have loved the food.

For one thing, the menu here has a lot of variety.  In addition to sushi and sashimi, the restaurant offers specialty rolls that may be baked or fried, and entrees that are grilled or prepared teriyaki- or tempura-style.

A menu with photos of the specialty rolls helps to take the mystery out of ordering as well. Chef Lee describes the “Fusion” in the restaurant’s title as “New York style.” He uses sauces on many of the specialty rolls, which makes these handmade rolls more suited to the American palate.

For example, the Crunchy Dragon Roll combines fried shrimp, crab, cucumber, avocado, crunch spicy tuna and flying fish roe, with crispy crumbs sauce. The sauces taste like mayonnaise with special seasonings.

Our favorite regular rolls are served up here, of course – raw fish rolls like spicy tuna roll and Philadelphia roll, and cooked rolls like California roll. The sushi and sashimi is a work of art, and carries the reassurance of being prepared by a true expert.

Entrees show another dimension of Japanese dining. Try Tonkatsu (pork tenders deep-fried in Japanese bread crumbs), Volcano Chicken Teriyaki, Kalbi (beef short ribs marinated in sweet soy sauce cooked on a grill) and Chilean Sea Bass Yuwan, grilled sea bass marinated in citrus wine sauce. (Entrees are served with the miso soup, salad and sunomono).

Other options to consider when you order include the long list of appetizers, noodle dishes, soups and salads. Dessert is refreshing red bean, green tea, mango or ginger ice cream, or the more decadent Banana Tempura ice cream.

Chef Lee has three decades of culinary expertise and an impressive resume. He has worked in the Monsel Ton Ton Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan; the prestigious five star Westin Hotel in Osaka, Japan; the renowned five star Ambassador Hotel in Seoul, Korea and the exquisite upscale five star resort, The Westin Beat Hotel in Pusan, Korea.

While working at the Westin Hotel in Osaka, Japan, Chef Lee won numerous awards and recognition for the restaurant including the "Gold Plate Sushi Chef Award" and "Best Deluxe Hotel Dining Award." He has served many illustrious guests of the Parliament House in Korea and Japan where international diplomatic diplomatic dignitaries and high level members of Parliament dined.

Lunch is served 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and dinner is served 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4:30-9:30 Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday. Midori is located north of Milwaukee, I-43 to Exit 35, Exit 35 to Mequon Rd., then west one block to Port Washington Rd. and south to the Pavilion Shopping Center. The address is 11002 N. Port Washington Rd. For info, phone 262-240-0161 or visit




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