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thomas Jan 7, 2006 03:39 PM

Can anyone suggest a good sushi place in Boston or Metrowest area that won't break the bank?

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    amykat RE: thomas Jan 7, 2006 05:55 PM

    PORTER SQUARE nuff said, but there's maybe only one sushi place. it';s in the porter exchange building. i like the eel avocado rolls, very much. not at the oishii price point. enjoy

    Link: http://www.a4kintheroad.blogspot.com

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      rxrfrx RE: amykat Jan 8, 2006 09:23 AM

      There's 2 sushi places there, a bar and a full restaurant, and neither has consistently fresh-tasting sushi. They're both OK... think in the $1/piece range for nigiri.

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        BobB RE: rxrfrx Jan 8, 2006 09:34 AM

        The restaurant is called Bluefin, and it's my regular spot for cheap sushi. I go with my SO and her son and we get the choose-your-own special, something like 32 pieces for $30, and you can pick anything on the menu. Good deal!

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          Spike RE: BobB Nov 29, 2006 01:11 AM

          had the sashimi bento box for lunch yesterday and wasn't too impressed. Mackerel was too fishy. Slices of tuna/salmon were pretty thin. Douzo does a much better job for a few bucks more...

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        Fatboy RE: amykat Feb 13, 2007 08:10 AM

        that's crap. both always have fresh sushi. and both are a great bargain. it can get busy though (thus there is a lot of turnover of food - i.e. fresh fish).

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          fenian RE: Fatboy Feb 13, 2007 09:01 AM

          well, i think that's crap. i've eaten at kotobukiya three times in the past two weeks, for health reasons mostly. the fish in the window is visibly depressing and very low quality. the chefs manage to make it decent. the fish & avocado rolls are good deals.

          i agree with rxrfrx except that bluefin isn't $1 a piece i don't think, and is a bad value.

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        cmd RE: thomas Jan 7, 2006 11:07 PM

        I don't have suggestions, but this fairly recent thread may help: http://www.chowhound.com/newengland/b... (linked below).

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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          reese RE: thomas Jan 8, 2006 09:25 PM

          I would suggest sushi 21 near watertown square. it's off mt. auburn street near a cigar shop and a liquor store. they have a happy hour special everyday from 5-630. you can choose from 20 sushi for $20, 40 sushi + 3 rolls for $40 or 60 sushi + 4 rolls for $60. absolutely worth it. i usually get the 20 for $20 and then add on the rolls that i want.

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            mark d snyder RE: thomas Jan 9, 2006 10:32 AM

            My favorite 2 cheap sushi places are:

            Shino - it's on newbury street near the corner of newbury and dartmouth. This little whole in the wall sushi place is cute and probably the cheapest in the entire boston area!!

            Seiyo is new and very affordable. They have a big nice sushi menu and a very hip ambience. In the south end on Washington Street near mass ave.

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              steinpilz RE: mark d snyder Nov 29, 2006 10:31 AM

              Shino Express is inexpensive, $1 for uni (!!), and the quality is good. That's why it's always packed, have to get beer elsewhere though. Bluefin is good and they also have beer.

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              sml779 RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 12:09 AM

              I would like to revisit this post. I was searching the chowhound posts for some new affordable places for sushi and stumbled upon the happy hour at Sushi 21. DON'T GO!!! Not only have they not updated their website to show that the happy hour special has changed (they offer 15% off your meal...big deal), but the sushi there has to be some of the worse I've ever had. I would say that it's on the same quality as grocery store sushi, and the creativity and selection is worse! Help!!! We live near porter square and go to the PSE all the time and are just looking for some affordable options.

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                gourmaniac RE: sml779 Nov 29, 2006 01:34 PM

                That's very sad. Sushi 21 is one of our neighborhood favorites but we haven't been in a couple of months. It was always well prepared and good value (not "creative" but that's OK). I noticed that the fish to sushi rice ratio was declining recently but quality was always good. Any other dissenters?

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                  sml779 RE: gourmaniac Nov 30, 2006 01:11 PM

                  That's exactly what I'm saying...the roll was 90% rice with horid selection of fish on top. I had the chirashi which was just awful..chewy fish and no veggie at $17.95 that is just lame!!

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                fenian RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 01:31 AM

                I'd try Toraya in Arlington and maybe Takemura in Harvard Square. Not sure either of these qualifies as cheap, but they're better than the places in Porter Square imo (a source of much frustration given the Exchange's potential). Toraya was particularly good the one time I went--it's just too hard to get to. Takemura has some solid, low-priced items, and it delivers. If you like mackerel, the saba battera is a terrific value. Last time I went, I was disappointed by the quality of the fish, however.

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                  fenian RE: fenian Nov 29, 2006 11:06 PM

                  I ordered from Takemura today, and I want to retract my recommendation. This place has really gotten horrid. There is no question in my mind that the quality of the fish was much better just a year ago. The saba battera I recommended in the previous post was close to inedible today. What used to be rich and oily is now dessicated and putrid. What a shame!

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                  mwk RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 01:41 PM

                  Hi,

                  If your definition of Metrowest includes Natick, I'd recommend Minado Japanese buffet in the Sherwood Plaza. The food is really tasty, and they have an extensive sushi selection included in the price (I think it's $25.00 pp). They have the standards, and they also make a few different made-to-order hand rolls. I woudn't say it's the finest sushi in the area, but it's good and very cheap for all you can eat.

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                    jam23 RE: mwk Aug 8, 2007 04:25 PM

                    Minado is the MacDonald's of sushi. Yeah it's an all you can eat buffet, but after 1 plate of sushi I went to the other side of the buffet where they have cooked food (and that wasn't all that much better!). You need to go to Toraya in arlington, it's a small restaurant, but makes up for it with some of the best quality sushi that I've had. The prices are average, which I think you should be looking for. If you go affordable for sushi you end up with low quality more often than not.

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                    crotch RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 02:07 PM

                    Seiyo is wonderful. Their sashimi appetizer is a good value (7 pieces/$7), though it usually just consists of salmon, tuna, and white tuna. Rolls aren't priced to badly at $4-$5. They don't have a liquor license but you can purchase wine at their shop (or bring your own). There is a corkage fee of $10, even for wine bought at their shop.

                    Minado is perfect for those times when you just want to stuff your face with as much raw fish as possible. They also have crab legs, shrimp cocktail, tataki, and a slew of salads, appetizers, and entrees. A very good value and worth the drive.

                    I tried the sushi bar in the Porter Exchange recently and it was okay. The fish was of medium quality but priced very affordably. I wonder if there are better times than others to go?

                    1. steinpilz RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 04:34 PM

                      There's also Sapporo in Newton Centre, across from the T-stop. It's Japanese-Korean, so plenty besides sushi, the prices and quality are average I'd say.

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                        melle76 RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 05:48 PM

                        zen 320 in brookline village has been pretty good for us. they have '1/2 price sushi' all the time, i think, or at least they used to. some might be scared off by the idea of 'discount' sushi, but i have enjoyed the food and (knock on wood) have never had any problems with quality.

                        1. foxy fairy RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 06:27 PM

                          Shino on Newbury -- YES. yum, yum, yum. It's packed every evening so I'd say go alone or in a group of two, max, or get take-out.

                          JP Seafood Cafe on Centre Street is excellent too - fresh, tasty, funky crowd, and it's reasonably priced.

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                            steinpilz RE: foxy fairy Nov 29, 2006 08:41 PM

                            yes, another Shino fan!

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                              kbw18 RE: foxy fairy Nov 30, 2006 05:57 PM

                              Second (third? fourth?) Shino as good, reasonably priced sushi. It is possible to find seats on off hours, but fills up immediately after work.

                              One gotcha is that their sushi has shrunk over the years. You may find yourself ordering more pieces than usual, making it a little more expensive than it initially seems. The quality has always been excellent the times I've gotten sushi there.

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                                steinpilz RE: kbw18 Nov 30, 2006 09:53 PM

                                I actually like the smaller sized sushi, seems that it makes me feel healthier in some way even if I'd have to eat more pieces.

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                              chowfamily RE: thomas Nov 29, 2006 11:58 PM

                              If you find yourself south of Boston, Fuji, and the newly opened Benicafe are well worth the trip! Excellent quality and price at lunchtime, especially.

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