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I have a son reaching 18 tomorrow (Sunday) who wants sushi for dinner. We will be going to a movie in West Newton, then dinner - either into town or out. Rather than jeapordize his first year's tuition, I would rather go for quantity over 'perfect' quality. I seem to remember a Globe review for a sushi buffet along Route 9, is that Minado? Is it passable for a voracious sushi eater? Hana Sushi on the Cambridge/Arlington line looks afffordable, too. Any thoughts or other options?

Many thanks to the terminal chowhounds!

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  1. I find Minado generally poor quality and often dried out- though if you want a true buffet, this is the best choice. Better quality can be had at Asia Buffet, though it's AYCE with menus.

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    1. re: Luther

      Maybe it is too late, but I can vouch for Sushi Corner in Melrose. It is a very small place (I think a huge portion of their business is takeout) but the fish is very good and the service is wonderful. They do not serve alcohol but my guess is that this is not an issue in your circumstances.

      1. re: drbangha

        It wasn't too late, just a little too far off the beaten path. Many thanks, though. We did end up going to Minado for a very nice meal. I am not overly discerning when it comes to sushi, as long as it's fresh and there is enough of it I tend to be satisfied. Minado did not disappoint. It is not the place for a connoisseur, nor a light eater. At $28 per head there is some serious motivation to eat ... A LOT. The sushi, both maki and nigiri, was plentiful and offered a lot of variety. I noticed one or two people asking the sushi chefs for hand rolls, which they gladly created. The sashimi was limited to salmon, tuna and mackerel, but piles of each. The snow crab legs were plentiful and there was always a line for the oysters. The seafood salads and cooked seafood was good to very good, I didn't try any of the beef and didn't wait for the hibachi or crepes stations. Three fresh fruits, 6 flavors of ice cream and sorbet, many cakes and other desserts, 3 kinds of hot tea - you'd be hard pressed to not walk away full (or beyond) and happy.

        1. re: drbangha

          Sushi Corner does not do a buffet though. They used to have an AYCE deal some nights but I don't think they do it anymore.

          1. re: Chris VR

            I remember that - it was around $25 per person and one could order as much as one could eat, made to order from the sushi menu, with the caveat that each item had to have a rice component (ie, no sashimi orders), and you had to actually eat the rice =)

            I think they stopped it a while back - maybe a year ago?

            1. re: Chris VR

              Absolutely, correct- Sorry, I should have focused on the heading more. I don't think Sushi Corner has the ALYCE any more (and it certainly doesn't have a buffet) but I still (generally) stand by the recomendation as the prices are quite reasonable for the quality. It doesn't sound like it is Minado reasonable but you could eat a TON of great sushi for, say, $50 bucks a head as opposed to $100-$150 in the city.