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“Very, very good!”
Review of May Island

May Island
Ranked #316 of 763 Restaurants in Alexandria
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Sushi, Chinese
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Arlington, VA, USA
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Very, very good!”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Ordered the May Island Hako sushi, the King Crab Rainbow roll, and scallop sashimi. All were very tasty and beautifully presented. The rice in the rolls was a bit puffier than what I am used to seeing, which made the rolls considerably bigger and harder to handle with chop sticks. Just the same, though, they were delicious. Service was very prompt and courteous. The only thing about this place that I don't like is the location; it gets very dark at night and the 7-11 next door is a bit seedy.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Ithaca, New York
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Surprising hole in the wall”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The outer looks of this place can be deceiving, but don't judge yet. This place serves some of the best sushi I've had. Although it only has around 8 or so tables, food quality is great. The sushi chef is an artisan and the service is outstanding. I would recommend the special rolls, that even though being more expensive, are great. Also the dumplings are awesome!

  • Visited August 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome sushi!”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

We live in Fairlington within walking distance of May Island. We were always weary to try it, because it looks a little... interesting... since it's right next to a 7-11. A friend recommended May Island for their sushi, and we are so glad we listened! Their sushi is great - freshly made and lots of options. They also have great chinese food as well. It's a really small restaurant, so don't be surprised if there aren't tables available at peak times. The services is really good as is the food - highly recommend!

Visited May 2012
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Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem...Artistic, tasty, friendly, peaceful, good value.”
Reviewed January 14, 2011

Don't let the location fool you. Sharing the same building as 7-11 you don't expect to find a nicely decorated sushi and chinese dine-in or take-out restaurant. We tried this place and have been back many times. There is a secret chef cooking there. The food is delicious and artistically presented. They are nice to families. The restaurant is small and decorated very serenely and modern. All the regular items you like for chinese and also items on the menu for the more discriminating taste. Inexpensive. I like the restarant because it is small and you feel like you are in a dining room not a big restaurant. They also have a fish tank which is very nice too. Go in, try it. Take-out is also great!

  • Visited January 2011
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Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Let's see - surly staff, who seemed displeased with my choice of entree. They have a HUGE menu but seem to be in the...”
Reviewed December 11, 2009

Let's see - surly staff, who seemed displeased with my choice of entree. They have a HUGE menu but seem to be in the mindset of -- we'll make anything that's how we'll make money.

I hope that they decide to focus on one or two things they do well -- I haven't found what that is but still, it could help.

I had to flag down (practically trip) someone to get more water -- and there were only 2 others dining in the restaurant when I was there.

Overall, an experience only notable in how bad it could be!

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