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The Fu versus Oishii

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The Fu versus Oishii

Mark | May 22, 2004 11:36 AM

I’ve been waiting for some time to go to Oishii, especially after reading the praise bestowed upon it on this board. For years, my favorite sushi restaurant has been Fugakyu, and not even trips to sushi restaurants in Seattle, San Francisco, or New York City has dissuaded my opinion. Nonetheless, as a sushi enthusiast, I am constantly on the lookout for a new champion. Oishii was touted as the holy grail of Boston sushi, so last Thursday night my wife and I ate there for the first time. I’ll start with the end of my story – we voted 2-0 in favor of Fugakyu, despite the patrons waiting outside the restaurant with us who claimed after eating here we’d never go to the Fu (what my friends and I affectionately call it) again. We were thrilled (and nervous) with the thought of someone besting our champion. Alas, the Fu reigns supreme in our eyes. We did have several great rolls (Dragon, Alligator, and a special one whose name I forget but was wrapped in lemon peels), along with some delicious sashimi (salmon, tuna, fluke). However, there was nothing that I had that had the same affect on me as the Fu’s rainbow roll, Louisiana Maki, or Spicy yellowtail. Close, but not better.
As for the atmosphere, at first we enjoyed sitting at the bar, and the funky music in the background was a nice touch. However, as is a risk when sitting so close to other patrons, we were forced to listen to a blowhard at the end of the table pontificate loudly on EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF FISH HE ATE. Word of advice if you’re the offender – please show other diners some respect. While I’m glad you enjoyed your meal, I really didn’t need to hear about it for ad nauseum for an hour.

As Orleans would say, "Fu is still the one."

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