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Best sushi in Boston?

I just returned from Maui, where I had FABULOUS sushi. Where is the best sushi in Boston?

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  1. Plenty of threads. O Ya, Oishii, Fugakayu...

    1. Sakura Bana is solid spot that always impresses in the city proper as well, and in the near burbs Toraya in Arlington (really small) and Sushi Island in Wakefield (kind of cheesy when the live music is there) are tops.

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      1. re: rlh

        Shout out to Toraya -- had the chirashi last night and it was perfect -- salmon, scallop, shrimp, eel, mackerel, toro, tuna tataki, the requisite egg. We also had a beef tongue appetizer that was delicious and soft shell crab tempura, nicely fried.

        Note, the place really IS tiny and last night was packed from 6:30 - 8:30. Emptied out later though.

        1. re: yumyum

          We were there around 8:15-9p last night and it was empty except for us when we left - our sushi was as excellent as always (just a little as an appetizer) and for our first-ever experiment with non-sushi as a meal - the Yosenabe and Broiled Eel in a box on rice were both excellent. Chirashi is a huge favorite for me there as well, and I should have ordered that soft shell crab tempura - was that you guys in the back corner?

          1. re: rlh

            Yep. Kinda deranged looking white woman and totally nice and normal Nepali dude? That was us.

            1. re: rlh

              Small world! I was wearing a shirt with a LOLcat on it.

        2. Oh, forgot Oga in Natick. Good sake list.

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          1. re: Tir_na_nOg

            Second Oga's big time. Majority of the menu is amazing. And the monthly specials...wow after wow.

            1. re: terrycatch

              Third Oga's, though not what I would consider relevant to OP's request for "in Boston."

          2. Uni....is really more about sashimi, since no sushi served there(at least last time I went), but if you like exquisite, fresh, creative preparations of raw fish this place is it. I put it level with O Ya when I am ready to drop that kind of money on this type of meal. Oishii, Fugakyu, and some other popular ones are great if you want fun rolls and so on, but not in the same league IMO (have not been to all mentioned here, so apologize if I am slighting any).

            1. I have been loving Douzo lately. The scallop with sea urchin sushi is fantastic!

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              1. re: rebs

                has douzo improved? my visits there last year were so consistently bad i had given up on it.

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  I've been 3 or 4 times since the spring and I've had excellent meals there each time. They have a lot of silly "fancy" rolls there which I tend to stay away from because I always feel they don't showcase the fish very well. Whatever the one with jalapeno in it had so much jalapeno in it when I had it that it killed my taste buds and I couldn't taste anything else after that. Stick to the relatively simple stuff because their fish quality is very good. Oh and get the hamachi kama as an app (broiled yellowtail collar bone).

              2. Definitely Fugakayu...in Coolidge Corner in Brookline!

                1. I agree with others .... its all about Fugakayu in Coolidge Corner.... trust me it is fantastic

                  1. Douzo has improved dramatically. The fish is pristine, and the only downer is the noise generated by the bar girls and boys.

                    Sorry, Fugakayu is average, but probably a few dollars cheaper. Oishii for the high price range is still my favorite.

                    However, if you are going to compare sushi in Maui or places like Blue Ribbon in NYC, then all the places will be somewhat disappointing.

                    1. Where or what is the name of this place in Maui? I may be there during Christmas.

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                      1. re: joebloe

                        Probably Sansei. Do a search on the Elsewhere in America board and you will find reviews for it.

                        1. re: viperlush

                          O Ya, then Douzo and the Oishii in Chestnut Hill.

                          Osushi in the mall is surprisingly good, depite a really weird vibe.

                          1. re: Jolyon Helterman

                            An alternative to Oishii is Fish Market on Brighton Ave. if I remember correctly the chefs previously worked at Oishii and the prices are more reasonable.

                      2. There are some great spots in Boston but outside the city Sushi Island is my favorite. Kenji-san strives to have some of the best selection available even importing some items directly from Japan. Just last week he was featuring unagi from Japan that was really excellent. He also had very good uni from Santa Barbara that was some of the best I have tried recently. Beyond just sushi I also like their Hamachi Kama and Age Dashi Tofu too.

                        In spite of one of the other posters I don't find the music "cheesy" at all. It adds a nice touch on Friday and Saturday nights. It is light jazz and standards so if you are into rock, blues, CW or pop you will probably be disappointed.

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                        1. re: RoyRon

                          For outside Boston, Miyako in Danvers....excellent spicy scallops!!!

                        2. I actually really enjoy the Blue Fin in Cambridge. I love the sushi bar there and the chef's omakase is always really innovative. Best of all, they don't serve the larger Americanized rolls which drives me absolutely crazy!