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Osushi and Domani

Joanie | Apr 15, 2005 09:24 AM

Hit two ends of the food spectrum last nite starting at Osushi in Copley Place. Got there at 8PM and were seated at the 3rd to last table by the street, it filled up right after we sat down. Someone here asked for a "sexy" place to eat once and I think this qualifies. Dark with some banquettes, nice tables for two. We had martinis made with sake, one pomegranite and one mango/peach ($8). Neither seemed all that flavorful but maybe the sake tones things down somehow. They were served in smallish martini glasses but with the shaker so you had two servings basically. The shumai were excellent, six perfectly fried dumplings. We also got TNT maki which was salmon rolled in sesame seeds or something like that. I don't eat tons of sushi so can't comment too much, wasabi makes everything taste good as far as I can tell. $30 for food and drinks, service was fine, it's a fun, lively place.

We then checked out Domani up the street and had some good food and service there. I didn't think the bar area was too cramped (as MCSlim did), but it wasn't all that crowded last nite. It does have kind of an odd decor but the lamps were nice and I liked the bar. I asked about a white from Sicily whose name I can't remember, she gave me a taste and it was worth the $7 I thought. My friend had the sidecar ($10). We weren't sure whether to split pizza or pasta but the polenta gnocchi w/ wild leeks, prosciutto and artichokes was different enough so we went with that. Thought about getting a half order but good thing we went with the full ($18) cuz there wasn't a ton of food in there. I suppose the big bowl makes it seem like there's less food, and I did end up with 8 or 9 gnocchi, but we wondered if they'd misunderstood that we wanted a full instead of half portion at first. Maybe I was just super hungry last nite. It was all very tasty, didn't really notice the polenta in the gnocchi but they were light and well done in a garlicky chicken broth sauce. I agree with the previous poster last week who said the salted butter really added to the bread basket. We then split a wonderful dessert of banana, butterscotch, chocolate, not sure what else which was excellent ($8). The woman tending bar was on top of things and very personable. Didn't really look too hard at the entrees but there were several >$30 and it seems like they should knock off a few bucks. It was good but overall, it wasn't that experience of looking at a menu and being overwhelmed by a ton of choices that you'd like to check out.

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