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Jan 13, 2009 05:06 AM

Sushi Teq

Has anyone been to Sushi Teq in the Interconitnental? I am looking for a "hip" place for Valentines Day. My wife's two favorite things are Sushi and Tequila so this place seems like a natural fit but I never hear anything about it. I searched the board and came up empty. Thanks for any help.

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  1. I really dislike this place, but it has its fans, notably Nadeau in the Phoenix (4 stars, . I got terrible service there, think the decor is comically tacky, and thought the sushi and sashimi was average and very expensive. Good tequila selection, though, if you don't mind paying hotel-bar prices.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Just the person I was hoping to hear from. It's sounds as if we will skip this place, I want to eat well. Thansk for the info.

      1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

        Not to repeat restaurant reviewing cliche #472, but I guess I must: Valentine's Day is one of those nights out you really should skip if you possibly can. Crowds of overly-demanding diners (everyone wants their V-Day dinner to be *perfect*), restaurant price-gouging, substandard prix fixe menus, harried service. Is there any way you can plan a romantic dinner, call it a substitute for V-Day, and do it the weekend of Feb 7 or 21?

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I would love to, but considering that it is our first as a married couple and that we have cut back on our nights out considerably as result of the familiar financial mess, I think I should take her out. We aren't crazy or expecting anything perfect, just a good night out.

          I would also like to go somewhere we haven't been. We both would like to try something new and not in the South End where we spend most of our time.

          1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

            I guess my point about diners expecting perfection is how it may adversely affect your experience: the high level of expectations puts pressure on the waitstaff, makes people act like self-centered jerks, etc. It's right up there with Mother's Day as a good holiday to stay home.

            I'm really wary of making recs for V-Day; even old reliables become dubious then. My worst meal at the old L'Espalier, for example, was a V-Day one.

            Do you have a place where you're a regular and thus might get some extra care in the midst of the crush of strangers? I know that makes it less than special, but getting special treatment on this day seems like a very tall order.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Having worked in the florist industry for years, I agree so much with MC's assessment of Valentines and Mother's Day. The price gouging is criminal IMO. I'd also put New Year's Eve on that list, but that is my wedding anniversary and we often go out (this year's dining experience was awesome at Craigie on Main).

              I love tequila also and enjoy sushi. If you want to pull out all the stops O Ya is really a dining experience. Sit at the bar and watch the chefs do their magic. Of course you may need a small loan to pay for the dinner and I have no idea if they even serve tequila. I currently enjoy my tequila drinking at home because Patron is good but there are better tequilas and that seems to be the "best" Boston serves.

              1. re: kate used to be 50

                O Ya serves beer, wine and sake only.

                If you like tequila, Masa also has an excellent selection.

                I used to be a Patron fan, but its current relentless marketing means your cost doesn't just pay for quality tequila anymore. I also tried the silver neat recently, and was surprised to discover how sugary it tastes. I think I get more agave flavor impact and similar smoothness out of Cazadores or El Tesoro for my money.

                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  Agree with the Patron assesments and we tend to only drink from the bottles we brought back from Mexico. Masa has a great selection and is generally where we would go for a night of tequila drinking. Maybe I will just cook at home, don't think I can afford O Ya.

                  1. re: ChickenBrocandZiti

                    I wanted to come home to type this because I couldn't remember the name of the tequila I currently enjoy. Tried it first at a tasting. Called Partida and is an anejo. Really enjoy it. I noticed tonight that I really enjoy it!! Bottle is 1/2 gone.

    2. CBZ, I was going to suggest Douzo as a good alternative, and definitely more reasonably priced (while still pretty "hip") than O Ya or Sushi Teq (which I think is sub-par anyway) - but I see it is already in your top 5 restaurants!

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        1. Have been twice. Was not super impressed the first time, but gave them another try. The space is very small, too bright, w/seating at high tops. Not the least bit relaxing from my perspective. There are far better sushi venues in the city. Duozo in the back bay does solid sushi and has prices that won't break the bank.

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          1. re: stradacouple

            By the way my favorite tequilas are:

            1. Don Julio 1942
            2. Clase Azul
            3. Leylenda del Milagro Reserve

            1. re: stradacouple

              i enjoyed the zuke-salmon (marinated salmon sushi) and hamachi usuzukuri (a dish from Oga in Natick) which is listed as "ceviche", and the house Sushi Teq roll (but with salmon belly substituted for their cooked salmon crumble or soong) is as good as anything at O-Ya imo. The other sushi i had there was ordinary. If you're in the neighborhood, it's worth a stop. I'm not a tequila fan but i would imagine that tequila with sushi is no worse than Coke with sushi, which many Americans do, to the perpetual amazement of Japanese

              1. re: barleywino

                I am actually quite fond of the combo of raw fish and tequila, particularly some of the more herbaceous and/or citrus-y blancos and silvers, served over ice (not neat). To each his own, of course.

                I would opt for Douzo (on Dartmouth between Huntington and Columbus) for sushi and tequila, however, rather than Sushi-Teq, which I too find mediocre.

              2. re: stradacouple

                once you go mezcal, you never go back is what an old friend told me years back when he introduced me to the del maguey single village mezcals. for agave spirit i find myself reaching for them before i venture to tequila land.
                i know toro has a few bottles since they have made it back into massachusetts, an unfortunate absentee for a while. does sushi teq?

                1. re: cockscomb

                  Highland Kitchen's got Del Maguey, and I love the crema - it's like drinking a saddle. Fantastic.

                  1. re: enhF94

                    do they have any of the single villages or tobala?
                    i love the crema " for women only.... and a few strong men"

                2. re: stradacouple

                  If you love tequila, you must try Asombraso Reposado. It is a very light pink in color, as it is aged in bordeaux barrels.

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                1. I took some good advice and we went out on Friday night for our V-Day dinner.

                  Went to Oishii and had a great time, great sushi and some good tequila. The amazing thing was that as good as the food was it wasn't nearly as expensive as I expected. We started with the mushroom app very flavorful and earthy; the black pork gyoza again excellent and some maguro sushi, the quality of the fish really shined here. For our rolls we ordered the Japanese Yam roll and the Tuna roll with white seaweed wrapper. Both of these rolls were excellent, we planned on ordering two more rolls but given the size (and starch of the yam roll) we were full. We planned on ordering the alligator roll and the soft shell crab roll but just didn't have room. The Yam roll was excellent but wish had eaten more fish.

                  Our server was excellent, we sat at a four top in the bar. She allowed us and encouraged us to linger as we ordered one course at a time.

                  I couldn't believe how much sushi came with each order, eight very large pieces. With four drinks and all this food the meal came to $100 and some odd cents, a great bargain in my book. With four people it would be a great place to order a bunch of food and share. A great experience, very low key.

                  Last night we went to Mini-Bar and had a really good time. I nice loungy vibe, good drinks and a surprisingly good Cubano. We went with another couple all the food was good with the exception of the Kobe sliders which were laden with spices which seems odd considering the, supposed, quality of the meat.