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Sea Lion, Salem Sushi in a convenience store

galleygirl | Apr 4, 2004 10:51 PM

Heading to Salem for a concert at the Peabody-Essex Museum, we felt a little peckish, having had a late breakfast, and required to show up at the parents for a holiday dinner (my mother bends Passover to *her* convenience...)with an appetite...

So, we weren't up for bar food at In A Pig's Eye, and had already parked the car, two blocks from the museum....This seemed to be leading up to another stale $5 cookie, at the museum cafe, or a lovely $10 cafeteria sandwich....

But what should we see, but a little sign that said "Sea Lion", and "Sushi, Convenience Store"...You don't have to say sushi twice, and the ambiance of a convenience store/restaurant? Well, where d'ya think Dok Bua started? ;)

What we found was indeed a tiny, immaculate, convenience store with a rack of Japanese groceries down the side (Pocky, anyone?), what must have been a previous incarnations restaurant equipment in the back, and a sushi chef behind the counter. No sushi bar, but 4 or 5 tables, and neighborhood regulars reading the Sunday paper...

What we got was nothing to knock your creative socks off, but fresh, generous ordinary rolls and salads...I was craving potassium, so we had a caterpillar rolls, with avocado on eel, and salmon and avocado...Seaweed salad($3,big plate!) was the spicy version that everyone in Boston must get from Sea to You, and the oshitashi was freshly cooked and covered with bonito flakes, still quivering in the heat...There were $7 and $8 Bento boxes, which we didn't see, and a small selection of cooked items...

For those needing break during a visit to the Peabody-Essex for lunch(they're only open til 7), I heartily recommend it...A lovely sushi meal for less than a dried up sandwich, and a two block walk from the museum...

Sea Lion Sushi
10 Front St.
Salem
978-741-223

Link: http://www.bistrodraw.com/

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