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remrafnad Nov 10, 2009 01:52 PM

I want to send a gift certificate for sushi dinner for 2 to my college-attending son. He's semi-sushi-literate, and I've searched this board looking for affordable choices. So far, Duozo and Shiki seem to be the leading candidates. Are they appropriate and good? Are there others I should consider? It needs to be near a T stop and not break the Bank of Dad. I was thinking of spending $100-120 for food only.

Please give me your suggestions and thoughts.

Thanx.

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9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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    WilderPenfield RE: remrafnad Nov 10, 2009 03:00 PM

    Your son and a friend can certainly eat very well at Shiki for that amount. Shiki is very near the Coolidge Corner T and if your son is at BU, it's near campus. The food is excellent, though it's primarily the izakaya-style dishes, like broiled fish, rather than sushi which are the strong point.

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    9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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      teezeetoo RE: WilderPenfield Nov 10, 2009 05:51 PM

      I love shiki but it is not sushi-driven. If it is in fact sushi and sashimi your son loves, Gari's, also off Coolidge Corner on the other side of Harvard Avenue, is a reasonable choice, and Fugakyu, same train stop, is handsome with a decent bar.

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      robertlf RE: remrafnad Nov 10, 2009 06:49 PM

      Masa Sushi and/or Blue Fin are both affordable authentic Japanese restaurants located a block from the Porter Square (Cambridge) T stop. They could eat generously over a few nights at both these places for that amount.

      Shiki in Brookline is more elegant (albeit with snoddy, rude service.)

      Shino Sushi on Newbury St. (Boston)

      Snappy Sushi in Davis Sq. (Somerville)

      Sakura Bana in Boston's financial district.

      All are near MBTA stops.

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      Shiki
      9 Babcock St, Brookline, MA 02446

      Blue Fin
      1815 Massachusetts Ave # 1, Cambridge, MA

      Snappy Sushi
      144 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

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        Zatan RE: robertlf Nov 11, 2009 03:36 AM

        I've been to Shiki over a dozen times and never had anything but friendly and attentive service......

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        9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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          teezeetoo RE: Zatan Nov 11, 2009 04:02 AM

          zatan and I have had the same experience. beautiful food, quiet and attentive service, and a lovely space to eat it in.

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            ineemeeny RE: teezeetoo Nov 11, 2009 04:51 AM

            Another vote for Shiki's great service! I've been a handful of times, and it's always been friendly, professional and efficient. But I agree with teezeetoo in that Shiki isn't sushi-driven, though their sushi is very good. Mostly it's a great place to experiment with delicious Japanese small plates, and I can only imagine how fun it would be to have $100-120 for two people to try whatever they wanted!

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            9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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              robertlf RE: ineemeeny Nov 11, 2009 02:59 PM

              Shiki's specialty is kaiseki ryori. Maybe I just had a bad experience but I remember others on the board that experienced the same. Maybe the waitresses in question moved on.

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              9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

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        Gordough RE: remrafnad Nov 11, 2009 05:48 AM

        No love for Duozo? I much prefer it to Fugakyu these days and most of the other suggestions in this thread if we are talking sushi only. and it couldn't be easier to reach via public transportation. I think it would make an excellent evening out for a college student.

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          gourmaniac RE: remrafnad Nov 11, 2009 05:53 AM

          I would vote for Shiki. Haven't been to Douzo but others I trust rate it as a very good mid-priced sushi place. Shiki is quite special for Boston in that it offers Kaiseki-like items in the same price range. In the 3-4 times I've been there there has always been something special and unexpected that I've only had in Japan. Their sushi is also fine if that is appealing to your son. I have also never had rude service there.

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          9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

          Douzo
          131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

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            jfung77 RE: remrafnad Nov 11, 2009 09:02 AM

            I've been to both several times. I agree with the other posters that Shiki is more oriented to cooked food - e.g., no sushi bar. Though Shikis is very good, for $100 - $120, you'd get great sushi and a great variety from Douzo's which I find to have very fresh and pretty innovative sushi rolls and sushi type appetizers! I'd send him gift certs from Douzos!

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            9 Babcock Street, Brookline, MA 02446

            Douzo
            131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

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              YoungstownBoy RE: jfung77 Feb 5, 2010 05:24 AM

              Add a positive review for Blue Fin. I like that old style building they (and a bunch of other Asian restaurants) are in. If you get there at the correct time, it isn't so packed. And they are really inexpensive. I don't know about the quality, I am not that "advanced" I am afraid. But I do know that with the constant crowds, they have to go through a lot of product, and therefore must be pretty fresh.

              I like the food, I like the location, I like the busy atmossphere and price. Was never disappointed in dozens of visits.

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