Well, I hope this is appropriate enough. I've always hit one of the posts in the chowhound threads via google but never managed to actually figure out the "home page" that is Chowhound until today..
Am I the only one really disappointed by the offering of Japanese cuisine in Boston? I've been living in the area since mid'99 and man, those rabies injections are a pain in the butt!! I get one everytime someone mentions "Fugakyu" around me....
Ginza and Fugakyu are the most expensive and over-rated Japanese restaurants I've ever visited. Ginza fares better but Fugakyu was an absolute waste waste of money. The worst $110 (I think it was $110) I ever spent for two people was in Fugakyu. Ginza ... their sushi could use a little DEFROSTING.
Then, knowing how picky I am, a coworker recommended Oishi so I took another friend (he's got the car) and off we go. So "Nobu" is plastered all over the wall (trained at Nobu, blablabla and I was impressed by Nobu's omakase so I figured, hey, worth a try...). Appetizer impressed me. That was -the- most perfect tempura I've ever eaten outside Japan. I think we had fried gyoza as well and that was great. I had great anticipation for my sushi and rolls. Then they came and the salmon (my barometer for any sushi joint) was ... hmm ... good. Tuna ... -good-. And I generally don't like tuna.. then I got to the rest and I thought, "Hmmm. A bit overpriced for what they serve." My coworker apparently liked it because she's into designer sushi.
So lately for Japanese dinners it's been Mr. Sushi or Sushi Island.. It's sort of the default sushi/japanese joint to go because ... I don't know actually why my friends and I always end up there. It's passable.
Sushi Island was pointed out to me by another coworker who couldn't stop raving about their agedashi tofu. And boy was he right. It was sooooo pretty ... the bonito flakes were dancing upon the tofu! The food that they have is, again, decent.
So just what DO I like? Funny thing is that this sushi joint is the first Japanese food place I discovered in Boston because it's a short walk from where I work...
IMHO, best sushi joint in Boston in Shino's Sushi Express. At $1 a piece you're getting better sushi than you would at all the other "Japanese restaurants." Salmon is also the best here.
Another one is also in the Back Bay area.. I can never quite remember the name of the place.. Men Tei Noodles? It's on the street between Boylston and Newbury.. the last intersection before you hit Mass. Ave.. Like Shino's, another hole in the wall but much much much better than the so called "Japanese restaurants".. I've come to think of this shop as the Japanese comfort food shop. Very homey cooking.
Porter Sq. is growing on me recently.. but the noodle joint there ... I don't know. Disappointing. I first subletted in Somerville and often ate at Porter Sq.. and that noodle joint was something I really looked forward to when I found out about it but..
(Oh, Shino also has a cute waitress *ahem*... and no, that has nothing to do with the place being my favorite.. esp. since I almost never eat in...)
(Okay, sorry for the long rant... Just that now that I've found a discussion board for BOSTON FOOD ... thought I'd let this out of my chest.. it's been building up the past two years or so.... :) Oh, and it's nice to be here!)