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Fresh fish for my own sushi

Bundi Nov 26, 2006 04:05 AM

Anyone know a top notch place to get fish and fresh seafood for nigiri sushi in Boston or vicinity?

I love to make my own nigiri. Just need to find a place to buy top notch seafood.


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    Jesseve RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 04:06 AM

    The Japanese market at the Porter Exchange Mall carries sashimi quality fish.

    1. opinionatedchef RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 05:29 AM

      whole foods too. and likely courthouse seafood in camb. there was a whole thread about a wholesale sushi fish place in chelsea, now retail-selling there but only on sat maybe. try doing some searches in the CH search box.

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        Bundi RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 06:36 AM

        thanks for your suggestions.
        I tried to search for chelsea sushi thread but couldn't find it.
        What's CH search box?
        Also, I have been to Wholefoods and found it dissapointing for sushi gradw fish. Normally, tey only carry tuna and hamachi (yellow tail) but nothing special and way overpriced.

        I will go to check out the japanse market tomorrow


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          jdubboston RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 12:13 PM

          Another thought is Sea To You in the Seaport area - it's right next to the No Name Restaurant on the Fish Pier.
          Strange hours, but really good quality!

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            9lives RE: jdubboston Nov 26, 2006 02:32 PM

            I've been a long time fan of Sea to You.

            The last year or so, I've noticed a slip in their quality. I still shop there..but I'm more careful. I think they're selling a lot of fish that is past it's prime during their Fri/ Sat hours.

            New Deal or Courthouse seems to consistently maintain a high quality..although lacking the variety of Sea to You.

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              Bundi RE: 9lives Nov 26, 2006 11:39 PM

              Where are New Deal and Courthouse located?

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                9lives RE: Bundi Nov 27, 2006 12:05 AM

                They're both in East Cambridge..Broadway..498 for Courthouse..622 New Deal. If I'm in the area I usually stop at both. I think New Deal has a little better sushi selection..several tuna grades sometimes.

                You might want to call before heading over if it's not convenient.

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                  Bundi RE: 9lives Nov 27, 2006 12:51 AM

                  thanks a lot. I will visit both.

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                    gourmaniac RE: 9lives Nov 27, 2006 03:51 PM

                    just for clarification. They are on Cambridge street not Broadway.

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                      itaunas RE: 9lives Nov 27, 2006 04:03 PM

                      New Deal is the one that carries sashimi-grade fish and thus has a larger asian clientele. I personally prefer courthouse and they have very fresh fish, but for sashimi its New Deal.

                      In Medford Captain Boston Fish Market (about 5 minutes out of davis Sq on College and then Harvard to the intersection with Main) specializes in sashimi and supplies a number of restaurants, along with sea to you which I believe only has retail on Friday and Saturdays.

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                trufflehound RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 01:39 PM

                Whole foods carries frozen sushi grade tuna and salmon. I also got some great tuna at Asinao in Framingham.

              3. nfo RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 04:12 PM

                New Deal in Cambridge is great, but the selection of sushi fish may be limited since they tend to sell more whole fish.

                Japanese markets are your best bet. I think Yoshinoya in Central Sq. is a little better than the place in Porter Exchange, and possibly more convenient. Both will carry random stuff like uni or bonito, and have mackerel and eel in the freezer.

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                  Bundi RE: Bundi Nov 26, 2006 11:39 PM

                  Thanks everyone for your recommendations. I went to Yoshinoya and Kotobukiya at Porter Exchange and I was very satidfied with their selections. Sea to You was closed but I will check it out some other time.

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                    opinionatedchef RE: Bundi Nov 27, 2006 01:21 AM

                    bundi, i think reliable market in union sq also has sushi fish.it's owned and staffed by koreans, but carries mostly jap. stuff.

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