Maybe this review should go on the Northern New England board but there are so many fans of the former Sushi Island in Wakefield I thought I would post it here first.
I have been planning to venture up to Marblehead to check out Junji Aoki-san's new place Junji's Fine Japanese Cuisine so I made the trip today for lunch. Junji-san's new place is much smaller than Sushi Island but it has 10 or so seats at the sushi bar and 15 or so tables. Nice bright atmosphere with a real Japanese feel to it.
I ordered the Ika Geso (lightly fried squid tentacles) to start followed by an assortment of his best sashimi of the day and then closed with an order of Shima Aji and Toro Negiri sushi and a Natto Temaki (hand roll).
In a word EXCELLENT! I used to think that Sushi Island was one of the top 3 or 4 Japanese restaurants in the Boston area and my lunch today confirmed that Junji is still doing everything right. The quality of everything I ordered, the presentation and the professionalism of Junji made for an excellent lunch. I just wish Marbelhead was a bit closer to home for me because I would be there very often.