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May 24, 2008 01:18 PM

Beyond disappointed with New Ginza, Watertown

Hubby and I went expecting some pretty good sushi based on the posts on CH- Though the service was great- the sushi was awful. And the aches in our bellies afterwards confirmed what our eyes told us- not the freshest sushi on the block. So sad. We'll stick to Oishii and Oga's from here on.

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  1. That is too bad. That place used to be pretty reliable.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      agree with Striper Guy. I've always had great meals there, for years up till my most recent visit a few months ago.

      and FWIW, I believe Oga's (which is also great) has a menu and ownership very similar to the Ginza restaurants.

      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

        IMO, New Ginza is not playing in the same leage as Oga. I have been to NG maybe eight times and had experiences ranging from quite good to completely unacceptable (sashimi that was still frozen.) More often than not, I have left feeling that the quality doesn't justify the prices, and at this point I have pretty much written it off. Maybe the newly-open SuperFusion II, which seems to be operational now, will restore Watertown Square's goodness-to-price ratio back to something reasonable

        1. re: Ruprecht

          Where the heck is SFII? Though anything called fusion-anything in my book is usually suspect.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            Mount Auburn Street, just outside of Watertown Square, where...uh...I think it was Sushi 21 was.

            1. re: Allstonian


              Super Fusion II
              54 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

            2. re: StriperGuy

              Haven't been to SuperFusion I (in Brookline next to Wash. Sq. Tavern) or II, but I understand that it's mainly a sushi restaurant. I don't think it's an "asian fusion" a la Salamander or anything.

            3. re: Ruprecht

              That's a shame, I used to really like that place. Never ordered sashimi there, but frozen is unacceptable.

              1. re: Ruprecht

                SF II is wonderful. Go in! Enjoy and say hi to Chef Jeff (?). After the issues with 21, I was hoping for something good to go in there and this is it!! Just save a spot at the bar for me... I'm there about once a week!

              2. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                I had one of the best omakase meals ever at Oga's, so IMO they're a far cry from each other! I can't believe Ruprecht had frozen sashimi! That is just nuts.

                1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston


                  Oga's Japanese Cuisine
                  915 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760

              3. It's been a while, but I ordered there in the past on many occasions and it was nothing less than competent. Too bad.

                1. I agree. It really slipped in the last year. I was just too lazy to post. On my last two visits the fish was not fresh and the cuts were very small and uneven. The tuna was dry and shrivelled. I used to go regularly, but now I will not be coming back.

                  1. Too bad, I've been a few times and it's always been great....

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                    1. re: LDoll13

                      I was surprised to see this. We were just there a week ago and it fantastic as always. Delicious, fresh and wonderful. I will be really sad if the inconsistency posted about on here continues. We really enjoy going there. I'd hate to risk a trip and have it be an off-night. Nothing worse than bad sushi. Yuck.

                    2. I picked up take out for New Ginza about a month ago and I too noticed a drop off in quality. I also found the hostess who handled my take out transaction to be disinterested, if not rude. I will try Super Fusion II and if it is even decent, I will not be returning to New Ginza. It's a shame too because for awhile it was the top sushi in the immediate area.

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                      1. re: Gordough

                        It sure was the best in the area. I'm still in denial, maybe I need to experience the dropoff on my own to be convinced!

                        Does anybody know if the same maitre d' is still there? I wonder if there was an ownership change