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Dec 9, 2008 01:41 PM


Is it just my luck, or is everything that sounds so inviting and interesting and yummy at FugaKyu just really awful? Like the medium-well bluefin carpaccio overwhelmed by ponzu; or the medium ostrich carpaccio, or the chicken noodle soup for $26 that doesn't taste like chicken. Or soup. And the temperature of everything seems to be off: hot foods cold, cold foods hot. I have had the worst experiences there. I've waited a little longer than forever for service, and the list goes on.

But the chawan mushi was superb.

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    1. Why go back? I gave up on Fugakyu a few years ago. There is better sushi to be had within walking distance.

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      1. re: Gordough

        Gordough, Where would you recommend?

        1. re: Tairis

          My latest favorite in the area is Genki Ya, just down Harvard St (toward Allston). Not only is their fish very fresh, but they also offer multi-grain and brown rice for the rolls if you'd like. And the servers are the friendliest I've ever had - such a contrast to the attitude at Fugakyu! And if that hasn't sold you enough, you'll cut your bill by at least 1/3.

          My second favorite in the area is Gari, on Harvard St the other direction (toward Brookline Village). It's got a little more style (and price) but 1000x times better than Fugakyu experience.

          1. re: beforesunrise

            Gari has become our go-to sushi place too, and I don't find it overpriced. The chef's selection sushi/sashimi plate is something like $28 and gets you a LOT of really good fish - not just the aforementioned sush & sash, but also a cocktail glass of marinated seafood salad.

          2. re: Tairis

            My fav is Mr. Sushi on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner - we find the fish to be exceptionally fresh and the prices also to be 1/3 to 1/2 of Fugakyu.

            1. re: Tairis

              some might disagree but I prefer the sushi (not the other items) at Jae's which is across the street from Fugakyu (it's also about 10-20% cheaper than Fugakyu). I would also do take out from Super Fusion about a mile down the road in Washington Square before take out from Fugakyu.

          3. What's the deal with the $26 chicken noodle soup? Is B. Lynch making a move on the local sushi market?!

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              Yosenabe is hardlly chicken noodle soup - it's more like a hotpot meal, though not cook as you go. I'm still a fan of their food - I've had nothing but good quality food there - but I certainly agree that it seems expensive, even by general Japanese restaurant standards.

            2. I have never enjoyed a meal there. We spent a good amount of money on mediocre sushi that all tasted the same (like scallions and mayo, even when there was no mayo listed on the menu.) I second Genki Ya as a better choice. Some of the sushi options are a little out there but it's twice as good for half the price.

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              1. re: HostessCakes

                Shiki is just around the corner and I love their food.and their elegant little dining room. Super Fusion on Washington Street has fine sashimi and sushi but really is take out.

              2. I have to say, though, as someone who had her sushi cherry popped at Fugakyu a few years back, the simple but crowd-pleasing spicy tuna roll is to die for. The best I've had in the city, and that includes Duozo by Back Bay Station which is also excellent.