We just got back from "Shanghai/Tokyo," a one-week old Japanese and Chinese restaurant on East Central Ave. (Rt. 135) in Natick Center.
We half expected a bad experience based on the fact that the place is new and that Chinese/Japanese is a combo you don't often see outside of the local mall's food court.
Boy, were we surprised. Sure--there were some start-up hiccups in the service (goofy things like the cliche hot towels, which arrived ice cold), but as far as the food was concerned, everything was really tip-top.
We ordered a vast quantity of a la carte sushi, and the total tab was still only $25/person pre-tip (no liquor license, so that held it down a bit--but they said we could do BYOB next time).
The sushi is priced by the single piece, and it is CHEAP, DELICIOUS, and pieces are MASSIVE (each piece is easily twice the size of standard nigiri). Some examples: Inari or Tamago: $1.20; Sake, Hirame, Kurodai, Saba, Tako, Maguro, Tobiko, or Ikira: $1.50; Unagi: $1.75; Uni: $2.50; Uni with Quail Egg: $2.75; and here's the kicker... really big, fresh, and tender pieces of Toro (fatty tuna belly): $2.50. I was astounded -- it's hard enough to find good Toro, but I never see this much of it for this little cash.
Some special highlights included the spicy hamachi roll, which included a nice textural element of crunchy tempura-fried bits of something that we couldn't quite identify. Also, the hand rolls were nicely prepared. We got a few saba hand rolls, and the mackerel was sliced into attractive little spears.
The sushi chef has been working for two years, so he may be a little bit inexperienced still, but if so, there was no negative consequence for our assortment beyond some slightly rough edges here and there.
They do take out, and the hostess mentioned that if business is good they'll soon offer delivery as well.
If you're in the area, please give them a try. I'd be delighted to see them generate a stable business.
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