Fish Steak

Maido Izakaya
Downtown, Daegu

The Good+ Best fish steak!
+ Real wasabi
The Bad  - Expensive
Best for: Groups, dates, drinking, seafood

매로구이 (maelo gooey), the fish steak pictured at the top, is the most delicious seafood ever.  And compared to the 3 other Japanese restaurants nearby, the maelo at Maido is by far the best (yes, I've been to all of them).  In addition to these scientific facts, Maido's maelo has elements of magic and mystery.  How does he cook it? It's so tender and juicy, you'd think it was broiled in pure butter.  What kind of fish is it?  It hardly even tastes like seafood.

Curiosity got the best of me, and now I'm going to spoil the mysteries.  Turns out he just grills it, that's all; its butteriness is due to natural fat.  Also turns out to be Patagonian Toothfish, which in North America goes by the more marketable name of Chilean Sea Bass, thanks to a clever businessman in the 70's.  So no longer being mysterious, it's still one of my favorite dishes ever.

I'd recommend a few other dishes as well, although the high prices usually keep my order small.  If you're willing to spend \25,000, the fresh salmon sashimi is delicious, especially alongside a mound of real wasabi.  For a snack try the croquettes for \11,000.

The menu varies slightly day-to-day, but these basics should stay the same.  (see below for a translated menu (from March 15th)).

The variety skewers are
the only dish I'd avoid here.

First, I have to give a shout out to "Kim" or the "Mother," as he called himself.  As the only worker in the entire place, this guy is a super man; he's the super chef, waiter, entertainer, cashier, keeper-of-low-labor-costs, man.

Kim's pet (don't eat)
The place gets packed in the evenings, with people regularly getting turned away.  There isn't a lot of seating, with 3 booths, a back room for larger parties, bar seating by the kitchen and central bar seating in the middle.

It's your typical wooden Japanese seafood bar.  It's only open at night, because the purpose of such places is to munch while drinking.  It seems to have grown in popularity over the past year, and it's featured in many Korean blogs.

It's in a small alley among 3 other Japanese seafood bars (Izakayas).

From 삼덕소방서 (Samduk Fire Station) head into downtown.  Pass the 1st intersection (club street).  After 4 buildings, it's a small alley on your right.  It's at the one at the end with the big tuna punching bag.

The address is 동성로 5길 69-5번지.    (See map)

*Update: July, 2014.  The restaurant has a new name, new owner, and somewhat new menu.  It's still a Japanese-style Izakaya with much of the same dishes, including the sashimi.  (No fish steak unfortunately, for that try the other Izakayas in the same alleyway) 

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