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Gen Sushi, Belmont

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Imby Mar 15, 2012 05:07 AM

Recently opened, right next door to Golden Garden on Concord Ave.

I'm not a sushi expert, nor especially adventurous. Benchmarks for us in the mid-tier are Bluefin (Porter), Fugakyu and possibly even Whole Foods (since we live in Belmont, this is partially an evaluation of possible convenient takeout).

Appetizers of edamame, miso soup, steamed gyoza and tempura shrimp were all similar quality to those benchmarks. Tempura shrimp maybe a bit better.

Salmon, tuna and hamachi nigiri also similar quality to those benchmarks. No problems, but certainly not to be mistaken for a super-premium sushi place (I’m thinking Yasuda in NYC as my benchmark for that).

They had a “tuna taco” special of tuna, avocado, cilantro, onion, lime and hot sauce on some kind of crispy shell. We all enjoyed it, though it was more about the combination of the flavors and textures than the fish itself.

Dining companions were pleased with their udon bowl (with chicken, shrimp, boatload-of-veggies) – it was enormous and beautiful to look at, I can attest – and the chicken teriyaki. The latter was a very large portion, good quality and respectful of non-sushi-eaters.

Service was over-the-top good. They bent over backwards to satisfy us, and it was appreciated. They brought out some complementary things as well (possibly in part due to it being a birthday dinner for my daughter). It took a bit long for the main courses, but not terribly so. Hard to conclude anything, but given the small space and staff, I could imagine them getting overwhelmed on a weekend.

The space is small; our party of 6 barely fit. But it’s also nicer than I would have guessed from the outside; even the bathroom is newly modeled and super clean.

Certainly good enough to warrant take-out attempts and a return visit when we want some respectable sushi.

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Fugakyu Cafe
621 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776

Golden Garden
63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

Gen Sushi
61 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

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    Chef Bwana Mar 21, 2012 11:24 AM

    Might give it a try on impulse, but Toraya is only a few minutes away, and is hard to beat.

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      samovar32 Mar 22, 2012 05:12 PM

      I was nonplussed in my last few visits to Toraya, for both portion size and freshness. Liked Gen Sushi better and it also happens to be closer.

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      Gabatta Mar 19, 2012 12:47 PM

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833043

      1. Dave MP Mar 19, 2012 12:42 PM

        Thanks for the great report!

        1. atg106 Mar 15, 2012 06:47 AM

          Good to hear something convenient and local.

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