Just went for lunch at Sakurabana. Considering that there are a lot of really good food places in the area for Asian food, I would recommend you stay away from this faux-japanese sushi place run by chinese who can hardly pronounce the japanese names. There are too many non-authentic sushi places in this town and this is definitely one of them. You'd do much better taking a short walk to have some fabulous (and authentic) Chinese food in Chinatown.
most sushi places here in boston are owned by chinese. most of the sushi chefs are chinese as well and trained in hong kong. it'ls demographics. we uimply do not have many japanese here and there are a billion chinese.
the quality of the fish is very good at sakurabana and the knife skills excellent.
being owned or run by japanese doesn't guarantee "authenticity". l'espalier is not owned by a frenchman, toro is not owned by a spaniard and via matta is not owned by an italian, ya know?
Did you actually have a bad experience that you can elaborate on, or were you turned off because you didn't like their "new wave" rolls? I'm asking because Sakurabana (IMO) has some of the better sushi in town, and one of the few places I take friends too, including many who've had top notch sushi in CA or NY and elsewhere, and they've all liked the food here.
Yeah, and some great sushi in town just a few blocks away is at O-Ya, no where near traditional (or "authentic") and certainly not run by Japanese.
Second Sel de la Terre. Good food, pleasant space. I work in the FD, and there are tons of pubby places not known for food but they're fine if you are looking for pub stuff- Of those I'd recommend Brandy Pete's on Franklin (not technically a pub, but comfort food)
There are some fancy places like Umbria and Living room. I've tried Umbria and it was kind of meh, although they've revamped I hear. I've looked at the living room menu and not been tempted to go in. Sultan's kitchen is not fancy (counter service) but is good food in a lower price point. I wouldn't want to sit and linger for a long time there though.
Radius is great but pricey and kind of formal - always enjoy the bar more than the dining room.
Kingston Station has always been good to great for me but neighborhood may feel a bit dodgy after dark (I don't actually think it is)
Legal Seafood at the Aquarium (Long Wharf) is dependable, reasonable, and popular with out of town guests - very mixed reviews and part of chain, however.
Sportello is unique, casual and upscale, but you have to walk or cab across the channel to get there (and it has the bonus of being directly above Drink if you care to experience one of the nation's finest craft cocktail destinations - seriously.)
Neptune Oyster or Prezza in the North End are very much worth the long walk or short cab ride.
Oceanaire is slightly closer and always has top notch raw bar seafood - yes, it's a small chain but it's done really well.
Kingfish Hall at Quincy Market has been good for me every time but gets mixed reviews.
Brandy Petes is great for sandwiches, burgers, and beers, but not much else.
By all means avoid the Barking Crab and Daily Catch at Fan Pier.
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113
The Barking Crab
88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210
24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113
25 Kingston Street, Boston, MA 02111
188 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109
40 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108
348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110
8 High Street, Boston, MA 02110
24 Fleet St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113
267 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110
Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf
255 State Street, Boston, MA 02109
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Thanks - Marliave is a good add, though I find the menu pretty heavy with rich food and meats (the drinks are usually good as is the limited raw bar offering) - I agree with the pick and personally love Silvertone (the calamari, the mac and cheese, not so much any kind of complex drink). but think it's really casual and typically bursting at the seams with a noisy, younger crowd which or may not be appealing.