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Shiki -- new Japanese in Coolidge Corner

pamlet | Jan 2, 200803:09 PM

Just wanted to quickly report a great experience at Shiki -- this is the restaurant in the basement near Bottega Fiorentina (it used to be an Italian restaurant connected w/the Bottega). My husband and I went for lunch today on the recommendation of his hair stylist (!!!) and it was wonderful. We had the set lunch (kaiseki?), which comes in a variety of price points -- we had the $14 one (the cheapest was $10). The miso soup was great, the salad was not the usual anemic iceberg lettuce, and the meal itself was great -- a tiny custard w/chicken and seafood, different vegetables incluing a eggplant with sesame seed, two unidentiable root vegetables, something like a potato, some seaweedy type things. There was the usual egg omelette and then an really interesting jellied fishy thing. (The waitress wasn't able to give us the English names for these things.) Then there was mackerel, tuna, salmon and another sashimi. There was also a pickled fish -- reminded me a bit of pickled herring, and a salted fish. And there was also a small plate of tempura. So quite a lot of food for $14 (although each individual portion was small). Honestly, if they had charged $20 for it I would not have blinked. The menu looked very interesting. Not at all the usual Japanese menu -- my husband has traveled a lot in Japan and said this was much like the places he visited. We will be going back! Atmosphere isn't lux but it's perfectly nice.

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