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Good sushi in the area? (plus 2 reviews-Oishii and Fugakyu)


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Good sushi in the area? (plus 2 reviews-Oishii and Fugakyu)

divstudent | May 3, 2004 09:13 PM

So, I've been on a good sushi in Boston hunt lately--I had given up, but all of the posts here about Oishii encouraged me to try it. Before I get to the reviews, are there other good sushi places out there? Decent, good quality fish, not hideously expensive? Anyone know anything about Mr. Sushi, or Sushi Island in Wakefield? Is Oishii Two as good? (is the wait as long?)

So--Oishii. Went of A friday afternoon, at 2 (they close for lunch at 3)--place was jammed, we had to wait, but it was worth it. Good quality fish--the fatty tuna was extremely fatty--although I do think it could've been cut slightly better--there was a rather chewy end. They had young yellowtail, which was very nice, and the oh, I'm forgetting the name--the slightly seared fatty tuna nigiri was delicious. The salmon skin maki was a little disappointing--not bad, mind you, just kind of blah. Not enough salmon taste. The uni was ok but I've had sweeter. (I should point out that I've only had uni that I liked once, and it was very sweet and rich and didn't have that vague mildew-y liver taste) However, my dining partner in crime (who likes more kinds of uni than I do) said it was fine, if not the best he's ever had. We'll definitely go back, although the wait means we might get take-out more often--although that's never as good, and it was the best sushi/sashimi/etc. we've had in Boston so far.

Fugakyu--After Oishii, it was rather nice not to have to wait and get shown to a table immediately. We went on a Thursday night, around 7. Not crowded at all, although all of the tatami rooms were already taken or reserved. Fish was good but not as good as Oishii. The fatty tuna was good but not as fatty as I'd wish for, but better cut than Oishii. The first round of yellowtail sashimi was decent but nothing special, but we asked if they had fattier fish, and the second round was much better. They had a fairselection of novelty rolls and such, which in general I don't order. I did try the soft shell tempura roll, which was fine, but not worth ordering again. For novelty we tried the fois gras nigiri--which was interesting, but more novelty than anything else. Got the appetizer of salmon roe and grated daikon--I love daikon and I love salmon roe, but this didn't really do it for me. Very good roe, but the daikon was grated in such a way that it wasn't those nice crisp shreds but was a big wet mushy mass. It really detracted from the roe--I ate around it. The salmon skin maki was excellent-better than Oishii--crisp skin with enough fish on it that you could tell you were eating fried fish skin, not just random crunchy things. The uni, according to my dining partner, was ok. I hated it. (however, uni-lovers may not.) They were out of the monkfish liver, unfortunately, so we didn't get to try that. Overall, a good place if you're going with morethan two people and want to be able to make reservations or not wait too long in line. The menu is also more extensive--altohugh we didn't really try any of it, I'd like to try the tempura next time. This is probably where I'd take parents or something, or go when I want good sushi but just can't deal with the inconvenience of waiting for a variable amount of time in a tiny cramped space. However, for best sushi when I have time to wait in line, I'd go to Oishii.

So--other recommendations in the area?

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