Fugakyu last week
OMG! i have never had a meal as varied and delicious as the one i had last Thursday.
sat with Hiro at the small back sushi bar and just let him do the choosing. there was at least 7-10 courses and i can't really remember them all (had the Crazy Sake) but the standouts were:
live scallop with foie gras. simply the most best scallop dish i have ever had. so rich, so smooth. both the foie and the scallop were lightly torched and sauced.
toro and hamachi sashimi were simple and amazing fresh and buttery.
live spiny lobster served three ways. first; sashimi style with (i think) poke rice. amazing crunch and a very bright flavor. second; sauced and torched. the tail meat cooked spot on and sauced with the tomali. the roe sacks were preserved and also very lightly cooked, wow. third; lobster miso soup. the shells once taken back to the kitchen were simmered with a miso short stock. rich, miso-y. perfect.
between these there was a bunch of other stuff, nigiri, sashimi and hand rolls. all fantasticly fresh and inventive.
dining by myself this took about two hours and all along Hiro and i 'talked story' about Dice-K, new Sushi restaurants and meals to come.
Never knew they had omakase there - definitely will check that out. I've been for the sushi boat night - Tues. I believe. It was fun, but get there early - by 6... it seems like the boats are emptied out fast and get replenished slowly after that. But the sushi was good. Nothing special, not like Kirara in NYC (best I've had other than Tojo's in Vancouver).
Fish tasted fresh and the cuts were normal size portions. The sushi chefs didn't have much personality though. Table service while mostly eating from the boats (that revolved on water around the sushi bar) was limited, unfortunately.
But for Boston, I'd say this is upper tier - and upper price. Stuffed myself for $40 from mostly the sushi boats and an order of white tuna (get the sushi - sashimi ran $7, a little pricey).
i go there about once a month and find it pretty good. the sashimi is usually better than the sushi. last 2 times i ordered it, the ikura (salmon roe) was so old i was incredulous they actually served it. dry, shriveled, smelled bad. i didn't touch it, and was shocked it happened twice in a row. i always eat at the sushi bar too.
What you had sound very good.
Two years ago I went to Fugakyu. The sushi I ordered was just average. The hamachi was a very thin slice and the color was dull. I do remeber that the tampura was good. But I never return since then.
My husband asked me there must be one Japanese restaurant comes close to Oishii. I couldn't give him an answer. I wish I could.
Based on your comment, maybe I should give Fukakyu another shot.
i would. be advised that i have never sat in the restaurant so my experience is only at the small (3 person) sushi bar in the back by the tatami rooms. also, i have never ordered off the regular menu, i only rely on the sushi chef's judgement and skill as to what is best and the best way to prepare it.
i did have their live black bass last summer and it was quite a trip to be eating fresh live sashimi with the fish it was cut from looking (and opening it's mouth) at you.
There are certainly places as good as Oishii. My favorite, though not strictly Japanese, is Uni, it is fantastic every time, and though expensive, you don't have to know the sushi chef in order to get the best stuff. Far far better than Fugakyu I think. O Ya seems to be a contender too, though I haven't been there.
I have eaten at Fugakyu a number of times; have never been wowed by anything there, and often disappointed. I think they cut their sashimi poorly, the service is lackluster, and, if not at the sushi bar, one can easily feel rushed and not treated well.
Still, to be fair, I have not sat at the small sushi bar in the back, did not know that it was something different.
I did try Gari the other day. The fish was very good, but the one sashimi dish I tried that seemed as though it was in the style of the innovative dishes from Uni and Oishii (I think it was called modern style or something like that, and the owner was praising it as something one could not find elsewhere around here) looked very pretty but was not well thought out in taste, the sauces did not complement the fish at all and in fact detracted a lot I thought.
If you've got the money to spend and want to try something new, try Uni for sure, and sit at the bar, you will be impressed!
I have been there several times and been overall pleased with the experience. It's not O Ya caliber (but in my opinion, really nothing else is) but it's also possible to eat a good amount of sushi at a much lower price. The best meal I had here was a goodbye party with about 18 people that I organized- I got an upstairs tatami room and we just ordered up a storm and shared what turned out to be a very large amount of sushi. I recall the bill being in the $60 per person range, with a cocktail each and some had sake. Perhaps I ate more than my share, but I felt it was a very good value for the price and you can't beat having your own private room as far as a social event. So, that's how I recommend approaching Fugakyu- more as an event which will have excellent food rather than destination dining.