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Zen 320 -- new sushi/Asian in Brookline Village


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Zen 320 -- new sushi/Asian in Brookline Village

MichaelB | Jan 15, 2003 11:58 AM

Lured in by two signs in the window -- one saying "Half-price sushi and sashimi through the end of January" and "Our sushi chef is really gooooooooooood!!!!" I checked out this just-opened place in Brookline Village. It's in the space that housed a once-good upscale Thai place whose name escapes me now, and then had a very short-lived Thai takeout in it. It's billed as a "thai-korean-japanese fusion" restaurant, which hardly inspires confidence, but the staff seems primarily Japanese. They've done a nice job with the space so far, though I get the feeling that they're waiting for customers to roll in before they do any expensive redecorations -- right now they're doing an artful job with some draped fabrics and nice lighting.

Okay, the chow! I shared a small selection of sushi -- spider roll, california roll, eel, salmon, inari, and striped bass nigiri; plus broiled yellowtail cheek. Fish and rice were both good, not up to Oishi standards, but very respectable. The salmon was quite good -- buttery texture.

The staff is super-friendly, but not terribly fluent in English (and they don't yet have those paper check-off menus that most sushi places use, so as I told the waitress what we wanted, she'd repeat it back to me -- thus I found how how close or far my pronunciation is to the actual Japanese). No liquor license currently -- didn't inquire about byo. On a tuesday night (and on most nights that I've walked by) it was nearly empty. Hopefully people will look past the office building exterior and realize that there's a restaurant within.

So, my assessment so far (based on limited information) is that it's a great deal at half-price (which only applies to sushi and sashimi, by the way), and I'd certainly consider it a neighborhood option at full price. I'll definitely be back while the half-price deal lasts, and I'd encourage other hounds to check it out and report back as well.

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