Current consensus on best "everyday" sushi?
Oishii in Chestnut Hill used to be my go-to place to excellent quality sushi at a great value/price ratio; however, on my last visits there (admittedly a year or so ago), the quality didn't seem quite as wonderful, with higher prices to boot. Any other chowhound favorites for this category? I'm less interested in fancy/expensive rolls and more interested in great quality fish. By comparison, some recent places I've been to include:
O Ya -- definitely on my "special occasion" repeat list, but not at all an everyday choice
Oishii Boston -- went during RW; it was fine, but not outstanding enough for the cost in my book
Sushi Island -- haven't been yet but it's on my "check out" list
Fugaku -- seemed decent enough on my last visit
Any thoughts greatly appreciated. Thanks!
There is not, never has been, and never will be a consensus.
In my area I love Oga, but it tends to be expensive. Actually I find all sushi to be too expensive to be an everyday thing anyway.
I have yet to get an amen from anyone on CH so far, but I have been repeatedly blown away by the sashimi at Ponzu in Waltham (I have not had any maki or nigiri there.) For reference, I have been to all of these multiple times, and have never had better quality fish at any of them:
All Oishii locations, Fugakyu, O Ya, Ginza/New Ginza, Toraya, Oga.
Ponzu is moderately to much cheaper than any of these as well (maybe comparable to Toraya price-wise.) Someone, back me up here!! Or even disagree, I just want to be sure I haven't been hallucinating the whole experience!
Went to Ponzu for the first time a couple of weeks ago and didn't find the value to be particularly high. I think we ordered mainly maki and no sashimi, so maybe that's the difference. Not that the fish was bad, the rolls and nigiri just did not seem that well constructed or super tasty and did not strike me as a great deal.
I believe yumyum meant Blue Fin (Out of the Blue is an Italian seafood restaurant down the street in Davis). I like Blue Fin a lot, and think it best typifies what I consider "everyday" sushi to mean.
That being said, I think Toraya and Sushi Island are both a notch up in quality, with prices a notch up to match.
My favorite Oishii branch has always been the one out in Sudbury. A little less frenetic than the other two, and the quality is consistently excellent.