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Sushi Island, Wakefield - wow and thanks!


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Sushi Island, Wakefield - wow and thanks!

rlh | | May 9, 2008 08:50 AM

This place is really a find and worth a bit of drive out of town.

We never would have been to this place without this board (always defaulted to Duck Walk Thai next door -- which we also love...) - we were nearby last night and stopped in for a late dinner (9p does seem late there on Thursday) - the place was nearly empty, but we sat at the sushi bar and had a terrific experience from start to finish.

The waitresses were always available and the sushi chef was right in front of us - it wasn't busy so we enjoyed talking with him.

They have a MUCH deeper selection of special items for both nigiri and maki than our usual spots (Toraya, Mr. Sushi, and Sakura Bana) - the tempura fried hamachi maki was new to us and a real hit. Both the standard maguro and white tuna were delicious. The baby red snapper with its lightly torched skin was pretty to look at, but the smoke/char flavor didn't quite work for me - it was all I could taste. I couldn't really taste a difference in the premium unagi ("from Japan") vs. regular unagi. The standards were all pristinely fresh, normally-sized and well-executed. I do think the knifework and assembly is more careful and precise at Toraya, but the flavors were all good.

Our starters of tempura and squid salad were fresh and tasty. We finished with outstanding ice creams - black sesame and roasted green tea (and only $2.50 each)!.

Sushi Island is now on our short list rotation! Thanks again.

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