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Lobster at Jumbo, Ginza, Blue Room...

Kevin Foley | Nov 24, 2002 03:31 AM

Has anyone eaten at Jumbo in Chinatown? Across the street from Ginza. I'd never heard of it, but it does have a "Best of Boston 2001" on the wall, for what that's worth. A former colleague was in town for a conference and insisted we go there two nights in a row to satisfy his lobster craving (can't get them in Seattle). He's originally from Hong Kong, is a total foodie, and said he was daydreaming on the plane all the way here about Jumbo's lobster in a sticky ginger and scallions sauce (whole lobster quartered and cracked). One word: sensational!

Also ate at Ginza for the first time. Definitely good, high quality, but not really spectacular nigiri. The soft shell crab in the Spider Roll (which is one of my sushi touchstones to compare restaurants by) was still warm, which is a no-no in my book. Pretty expensive for what you get, but I guess that's Boston. I thought it was supposed to have some atmosphere, but maybe we were too early. Tried to order deep-fried shrimp heads (the leftovers from sweet shrimp), but after finally convincing the kimono-clad waitress to ask the chef, we learned that they are not in season now. Never knew they had a season, at least in Seattle.

Actually, the best sushi I've had recently was the fennel-encrusted tuna sashimi appetizer at the Blue Room. I could eat that all day, every day! Also had the pork chop on mashed potatoes, smothered in apple/berry/raisin sauce. Yumm! I just love the Blue Room... Pity the servings aren't a bit bigger, but I guess the brunch makes up for that.

Cheers,
Kevin

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