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redjustinsox Nov 30, 2007 09:25 AM

I don't get out as much as i wish i could so i haven't found a great sushi restaurant since i moved to the city this spring. If you could let me know our favorites i'd love it. thanks

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    Gabatta Nov 30, 2007 09:57 AM

    Welcome to Boston.

    Here is a great starting point:
    http://www.chow.com/search?search%5Bq...

    1. ScubaSteve Nov 30, 2007 10:09 AM

      my favorite is Fugakyu in Brookline:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/419642

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        mjg0725 Dec 3, 2007 08:41 AM

        Sad to say that Hiro has moved on. I was there the night before Thanksgiving and the bartender said he left. Not sure if he's working somewhere else now because the bartender played stupid.

        Our group was very disappointed in our meals that evening too.

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          ScubaSteve Dec 3, 2007 08:58 AM

          WTF!!! say it ain't so!
          although in my last chat with him he did hint that he may be opening his own place.

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            mjg0725 Dec 3, 2007 09:10 AM

            Here's to hoping he surfaces, and soon.

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        drummerdave Nov 30, 2007 10:14 AM

        Bamboo is good (3 locations).

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          RoyRon Nov 30, 2007 10:51 AM

          If you don't mind driving outside the city I would suggest Sushi Island in Wakefield for authentic and traditional sushi. This place is owned and operated by a Japanese guy who was trained as a sushi master (Itamai-san) in Japan. He doesn't feature a lot of crazy types of makis but he focuses on the more traditional sushi offerings. He always so interesting special and he gets some of his fish directly from the Tokyo fish market in Japan. The quality of his fish is always excellent and he is very conscientious about what he serves. If you go try the ankimo (monk fish liver pate) and the Otoro if he has it. If you want something that is cooked I love the way he does Hamachi Kama which is the jaw section of a large Hamachi (Yellow tail) has been grilled with a glaze of soy sauce and salt. It is a very delicious and somewhat unusual offering.

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            bostonfoodie111 Dec 2, 2007 06:18 AM

            I second Sushi Island. My boyfriend is from Manhattan and says that this place rivals a lot of the traditional Japanese places he's been to in NYC and also Tokyo. I've been going here for years - even when it was on Princess Street. It's an incredible choice, easy parking and modest prices. THe uni is pretty spectacular as well as the otoro and the ankimo as RoyRon said. When they have Sea Eel, I highly recommend that as well. It melts in your mouth!

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              sheila Dec 3, 2007 08:12 AM

              This is tempting!

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              kweesee Nov 30, 2007 06:08 PM

              i grew up in asia eating sushi. boston has a very very poor selection of real authentic japanese food + sushi.

              *OISHI in chestnut hill is good.
              *if you like the americanized scropion/crazy/catepillar etc rolls i think fugakyu is good.
              *ive been here for 8 years and GINZA has been bad and super un authentic everytime.
              *douzo is fun and trendy but not authentic

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                ScubaSteve Dec 1, 2007 06:31 AM

                i've really only ever had one maki at Fugakyu (the Dice-K) so i never really think of it as a roll place. i've almost exclusively done omakase so all my experiences are biased towards that type of thing.

              2. nfo Dec 1, 2007 01:49 PM

                Another good place for sushi is Toraya in Arlington - it's on Mass Ave (easiest just to drive there). I really like the chirashi, which changes a little bit each time I get it (in addition to the standards, they add some sweet shrimp, scallop, whatever's on special). Prices are reasonable, typical food bill 20-30 for dinner.

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                  GretchenS Dec 3, 2007 09:30 AM

                  Toraya is consistently good. The sushi chef/owner is from Japan and trained there.

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                  Toraya Restaurant
                  890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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                    afty698 Dec 3, 2007 12:06 PM

                    Seconded on Toraya. I like the "undiscovered gem" atmosphere and how the chef/owner is always there and smiling at you when you walk in. The sushi is delicious and reasonably priced.

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                    ellstah Dec 2, 2007 07:14 PM

                    i've got to say oishi in chestnut hill is the best if you want something close to authentic...

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                      danyboy Dec 3, 2007 04:00 AM

                      I would have to agree with Oishii in Chesnut hill (i believe they have two other locations as well). Ponzu on Moody street in waltham is also very good. I recently tried Fugakyu for the first time and was very disapointed.

                      1. kobuta Dec 3, 2007 05:30 AM

                        By authentic, I assume you mean traditional (the usual sake, hamachi, etc. on vinegared rice). I guess I don't think of authentic vs. non-authentic when it comes to sushi - more traditional vs. fusion/modern. To me a rainbow roll has all the same ingredients you would find on traditional sushi rolls but it's presented differently.

                        In Boston, I think Oishii and Sakura Bana may be best bets for sushi itself. I have had only good sushi at Fugakyu in Brookline which, like others, serves both traditional sushi and modern variations. While I like Ginza's non-sushi items, I actually do not like their sushi at all. If you're willing to drive out to Natick, I also like Oga's, which has good sushi and a great extensive Japanese menu.

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