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Authentic Japanese Sushi?

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Authentic Japanese Sushi?

cornFusion | May 3, 2010 10:43 AM

After trying various sushi/Japanese places with high recommendations from friends and CH'ers, I am slowly but surely arriving at the conclusion that "Japanese" or "sushi" in the Boston area is more likely a re-interpretation of the original through the hands of people who have transformed it into their own experience/cultural backgrounds. Akin to "chow mein" or "pizza", it seems that such items as "Agedashi Dofu" retains its Japanese name but little else (one server actually pronounced it as in "your age" (instead of a hard g). And another restaurant had no idea what I meant when i asked for togarashi, bringing out sriracha instead. There seem to be so few authentic places (possibly the sushi counter in chestnut hill .... been a while since I was there but have extremely fond mempries of the place). Have the "other ethnic" owners completely redefined ja[anese cuisine (perhaps in search of better profits) - or is there a truly outstanding Japanese restaurant in Boston? The little row of food-court shops in the Leslie college building on Mass Ave may be another hold-out but on my last visit I noted that some of them may be changing hands too.

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