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Minado for a sushi virgin?

I've enjoyed sushi the few places I've had it and am trying to cajole a friend into trying it for a lunch or a dinner. Minado (never been there) would be a good meeting point for us and affords an opportunity to sample a bite of this and a bite of that rather than an order of several pieces of the same thing. The menu looks vast enough to provide plenty of other options in the event of a last-minute failure of nerve. I see on their site that dinner, which has a teppanyaki option, costs nearly double what lunch does. What's not clear is whether the offerings are otherwise more numerous or contain more pricey ingredients. Would the dinner experience be worth the premium?

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  1. The biggest difference is sashimi. They have it at dinner but not at lunch. However, in my opinion there sashimi is not very good. If time does not matter and you do not eat sashimi, then I would recommend going at lunch.

    I'm interested to see what others write about Minado. I have been about 10 times but the last 3 experiences were not that good and thus we are not in a rush to return. What was not good - was mostly the sashimi. We also believe the sushi quality has decreased but not as much as the sashimi.

    1. What's a minado, anyway? Sounds like a minefield.

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      1. re: Uncle Yabai

        i had to look it up -- it's in natick, lol. i'm never in the suburbs, but you might want to venture into the city for good sushi. they all offer cooked food, and there are cooked sushi options everywhere.

      2. Minado is really mediocre stuff. Although I don't mind their cooked food the sushi is meh. Why not start at the top:) FUGAKYU!

        1. I haven't been for lunch, but if I recall from conversations with friends who have, they don't have the grill / sautee station at lunch, and they generally have less options on the cooked food side. They also don't offer the crab legs.

          I agree that if you are looking to nudge someone into trying sushi, I'm not sure Minado would do the trick. Minado really is just passable sushi. I don't think a skeptic will be wow'ed by the food here. Fugyaku might be a little expensive for a first plunge, so I'd consider something like Sakura Bana in Downtown Boston with relatively more reasonable prices but also some good non-sushi items, and much better sushi quality.

          1. Well there's 2 schools of thought on this. #1 it's a good idea because they can try whatever they like and not feel bad if they don't like it, and there's plenty of other food they can eat as well if they don't like sushi. #2 is that the sushi is not very good and it might turn them off sushi forever.

            To be honest, the first few times I went there I thought the place was awesome, however each time after the low quality of the sushi became more and more apparent.. To be honest, they have some decent non sushi food as far as buffets go, but their pre-made sushi with low quality cuts of fish that sit out aren't very good.

            If you go, be sure to get some Beef Tataki, that's their best dish. I always fill up on oysters too.