Had my first meal at Douzo this weekend - looking for a decent sushi place in Boston proper, somewhat less expensive than Oishii and O Ya. I have seen this place talked up on the boards so decided to give it a shot. Overall I was fairly disappointed in the quality of the fish and the execution of most of the sushi. This seems more of a place designed for people to look and feel fashionable but the sushi is very much sub-par - no better than, say, a decent neighborhood spot like Bluefin. The prices certainly aren't justified here.
This place relies very heavily on the gimmicky rolls with a zillion crazy ingredients. Way too much spicy mayo, cream cheese, and Kobe beef being thrown around here. Having lived in Japan, my tastes in sushi tend towards the more minimalist with one or two flavors dominating. Here you can get a roll with three kinds of fish, tobiko, cucumber, mayonnaise, ponzu sauce, avocado, and a jalapeno pepper slice on top (perhaps I am exaggerating but I might not be too far off the mark). The net result is that you can barely taste the fish, which is hardly worth tasting anyway (see below). The "torch" rolls (which I assume means the sushi is seared) takes away from the flavor even further.
The quality of the fish is nothing to write home about. Most of the nigiri were almost flavorless, everything was served at the wrong temperature (far too warm in my opinion), with too much wasabi underneath. None of the wonderful flavors of the fish came out. Given that most people are going to dunk their piece in a bath of soy sauce before eating it, I guess it doesn't matter here, but I was very disappointed in the toro - which was warm and the texture ruined by the overzealous sushi chef who mashed each piece down with their fingers to get it to adhere to the rice. At $8.50 a piece I'd like someone more experienced handling the toro, please.
While I'm on the topic I wonder what folks think of Osushi, just down the street? Same deal or worth checking out?