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Sushi Newbie

BeachBum143 | Dec 28, 2011 03:51 PM

Greetings Chowhounders! I recently decided to expand my culinary boundries and experience the mysterious (to me) world of Sushi. I started by ordering sushi at the Burlington Market Basket. It was an impulse buy and the price was right. The friendly man working the counter helped me choose my order. I figured it was going to be awful, being from Market Basket and all, but I found that the taste was mild and even enjoyable. From there I took a step up and ordered sushi from a local Chinese restaurant - Bamboo, in Bedford. Again, mild, fresh, enjoyable. I wanted more. At this point, I decided to check in here and see what CHer's were talking about. Turns out there is much more to sushi than I ever imagined. But for my purposes the choice boiled down to Toraya and Sushi Island. Both places are a reasonable distance for me to travel. Since I was in the area today, my choice was Toraya. I got there at lunch time and the place was busy. There was one seat available at the counter and it was mine. Unsure of what to order, I went with the sashimi. The man behind the counter was cutting/preparing the entire time I was there. The fish was unbelievably fresh, mild and delicious! It was my first visit, but not my last. After I enjoyed my Miso soup and plate of sashimi, I asked him what he had served me. What I remember was: yellowtail, tuna, salmon, mackerel, bass, fluke and crab. Every last morsel was really, really good. I ate a little of the sticky rice on the side, and enjoyed the hot tea. Some of the fish I had never before eaten in my entire life. Not very adventurous when it comes to fish, I guess. But now that I have tasted it, I think I might be able to order even more delights from the sea. It was also my first attempt at chopsticks. I felt a little self-conscious, but I got through the meal without embarrassing myself. (I think.) My next adventure will be to Sushi Island, but Toraya was wonderful. Many thanks to the local CHer's who pointed me in the right direction.

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