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enigma7 May 12, 2007 02:15 PM

So I'm looking for (surprise) a reasonably priced sushi place that's hopefully accessible by T (subway pref, not bus).

I have the 06/07 Zagat (not the latest one, which is the 07/08) and Sakurabana looks like the only option that fits those criteria... Is this place good? What's the ambiance like?

Any other suggestions for places? Of course, my top criterion is really really amazing sushi, but price is semi-important... My price range is hopefully not more than $30 per person (not including drinks).

The chestnut hill oishii wouldn't fit this price range, would it? i know the south end one wouldn't...

  1. coookie May 12, 2007 02:44 PM

    douzo in the south end.

    1. nfo May 12, 2007 04:43 PM

      I recently went to Fugakyu for the first time, and was surprised at how reasonable it was (I was expecting it to be a bit more). With $20-25 entrees, it'll fit in your price range with a little restraint. (I think $23 gets you 9 nigiri and a roll.)

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        lud10 May 12, 2007 04:51 PM

        I love Sakurabana and used to eat lunch there once a week, but it was a couple of years ago (I worked across the street). In nice weather (and to avoid the wait) I'd call in take-out then sit by the waterfront or in Post Office Sqare. Eating in can be loud since they pack in a crowd. Best tuna tataki.... At dinner, they offer warm, moist cloths to wipe your hands, nice touch.
        Since I am in Brighton now, I regularly go to a small treasure, Asahi.
        Not much in the way of ambiance, since it is so small. They also don't have a liquor license. It is located at 418 Market St., just off Washington St., in Brighton Center. Go to the mbta's website to see if it's as T accessible as you'd like (it involves bus). Try taking the red line to Harvard, then the 86 bus (it stops right across the street). There's also an express bus from downtown xing, the 501, and its last stop is across the intersection.
        I feast at Asahi for $20-30.
        They have the best Saba (Mackerel) sashimi, makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
        Also excellent are the eel, salmon and tuna.
        Other faves are the Tiger Roll, Volcano Roll, and the Spider Roll.
        It's small, maybe 10 seats, & run by a friendly husband-and-wife team. I get in and out of there within an hour. Well worth the T trip!

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          Allstonian May 18, 2007 06:29 AM

          It's true that you can't get to Brighton Center w/o using the bus system, but the best way to get there is on the 57 out of Kenmore Square. It runs much more frequently than either of the abovementioned buses (plus the 501 is a commuter bus - M-F only and it stops running before 8pm.)

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          bachslunch May 12, 2007 07:56 PM

          Sakurabana is a fine choice for this price range. Depending on what you get at the Chestnut Hill Oishii, the price needn't be horrific, and you'll get what is to my thinking the best sushi locally -- though the place is small and waits during peak hours can be long.

          I also like the sushi at JP Seafood Cafe (Jamaica Plain, closest stop Green Street) and its sister Village Sushi (Roslindale, but you'd have to take the bus there from Forest Hills), and the price is quite reasonable. Tsunami (Brookline, Coolidge Corner) and Ginza (Chinatown, or Brookline at St. Mary's) are also worthy moderate price possibilities. I've found Fugakyu (Brookline, Coolidge Corner) also good, if a little more expensive.

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            BJK May 13, 2007 01:36 PM

            I'll second the suggestion that Oishii in Chestnut Hill needn't break the bank, it's just easy to do so. If you order heavy on the traditional nigiri and maki and supplement with sashimi and possibly a special appetizer or maki, you could get out of there for less than $30 per person. FWIW, their primitive Website has a menu and prices listed (when it's working properly): http://oishiisushi.chance365.net/

            BK

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              enigma7 May 13, 2007 05:48 PM

              So my understanding is that Oishii in Chestnut Hill doesn't take reservations... Is this still true?

              I've eaten both at the Chestnut Hill location and the one in the South End. I found that the sushi was worse (still good but not as good) in the South End as the Chestnut Hill location, and much more expensive, so I'll definitely be going to the smaller place...

              My problem is that if I go at like 7 on a Saturday night, I might wait for 2 hours before a table opens up, which would be pretty awful.

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                BJK May 16, 2007 06:06 AM

                There was a time when they would put your name on the waiting list over the phone. Not quite a reservation, but better than doing so when you arrive. Not sure if they'll still do it as I gave up on that location long ago.

                :)
                BK

          2. kobuta May 13, 2007 11:35 AM

            Sakurabana has very good sushi at a relatively reasonable price. They also have the best udon/soba soup noodles of all the Japanese restaurants in the area. I'll also second that Fugakyu can fit your criteria, though they have such a large menu, you can easily go way beyond that too. I find Fugakyu louder and busier at dinner (assuming you want dinner) than Sakurabana. Lunch is when Sakurabana gets packed.

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              lorita113 May 15, 2007 12:01 PM

              Depends on what you're looking for. Sushi Express on Beacon Street (just down the block from the Ginza on St. Mary's St., Green C-line St. Mary's T-stop) is really cheap, but the atmosphere is horrendous. The sushi's pretty good, especially for the price, but they also have a very limited menu. It's more of a take out place. They sell sushi by the piece, and most pieces of nigiri cost $1.05. Totally worth it IMO.

              1. MaggieMuffin May 15, 2007 03:02 PM

                Cafe Sushi on Mass Ave in Cambridge is actually a great deal. For lunch you can get a good feed of sushi for about $15 or $24 for dinner. They also usually have specials ($1 nigiri) on Monday nights or something. I find the sushi is always excellent quality. Nothing fancy, but very satisfiying.

                But, I also agree that for about $30-40 a head you can eat well at Oishii. They don't take reservations, but they do take-out.

                1. BobB May 16, 2007 11:13 AM

                  Bluefin in the Porter Exchange building in Porter Square, Cambridge. Very easy T access, good (albeit not stellar) quality fish, and prices that average about $1 - $1.50 a piece.

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                    BrunchOrBust May 16, 2007 01:11 PM

                    Keep in mind this is coming from a reasonably provincial sushi palate, but I think what I ate at Super Fusion last night (Washington Square off the C line) is some of the best sushi I've ever had. I think it got panned by some hounds for inelegant cuts of fish, but the sashimi was huge and incredibly fresh, and the menu had a lot of offerings I haven't seen elsewhere in terms of appetizers. We got a Salmon Wrap (a timbale of avocado, shiitake, and crab stick topped with two pieces of torched salmon) and fresh rolls that had mixed greens, papaya, something tempura, and seaweed salad. Prices were definitely lower than Fugakyu or Oishii (I believe it was $25 for the sashimi and $5-$10 for pretty substantial appetizers).

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                      bachslunch May 16, 2007 02:25 PM

                      Actually, I'll second Super Fusion. They aren't Oishii, but they're very good and reasonably priced, and the sushi chef seems very concerned about making sure his fish is fresh. It's about as small a place as Chestnut Hill's Oishii, though.

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                      marchperson May 17, 2007 03:31 PM

                      I love Super Fusion (Green Line at Washington Square) It's tiny with about 5 tables, but they do a great take out business. They got Best of Boston for best take out. It's not to be missed. Brookliners love it!

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