If you’re getting tired of the same old pizza and cheeseburger dining hall routine, why not take a stroll off campus into downtown Milwaukee? Every new street corner has some of the best restaurants in the whole of Wisconsin.
There is one in particular, however, that stands out. Tai Makii, located at 315 E. Wisconsin Ave., is not perhaps as eye-catching as some of the other bars and restaurants on its block, with their dazzling lights and fantastically outlandish storefronts. Instead, you’ll find a quiet-looking place, with soft lighting coming out into the street and hopefully an open sign on the door.
Once inside, you’ll start to notice the tranquil atmosphere, from the sparkling goldfish in their tank to the idyllic orange walls. Even the wait staff speaks in quiet whispers when they take your order from a menu consisting of anything from curry dishes to Pad Thai (a mixed noodle dish with eggs, fish sauce, red chili pepper and a number of other ingredients such as beans or tofu).
The presentation of the food itself is wonderfully unique as well. The rice, which is often a side dish, comes to you shaped like little hearts. Your main dish is dressed up as well, whether it’s with intricately cut carrots along the rim of the plate or different brightly colored curries arranged decoratively in the center of your dish. No matter what you order, you can count on it looking beautiful and being equally delicious.
Tai Makii is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. You can also get it to go. They offer a full buffet Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. So if you’re tired of the same college food day in and day out, check out Tai Makii. You will not regret it!
by Hazel Dehn