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Best Inexpensive Sushi in Boston Area

phoook Sep 13, 2012 12:32 PM

Avana Sushi in Chinatown is under new management, so I need a new sushi place. Any recommendations?

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  1. Allstonian RE: phoook Sep 13, 2012 01:23 PM

    I'm partial to Mr. Sushi in Brookline.

    1. okra RE: phoook Sep 13, 2012 01:31 PM

      "I can't imagine a better example of Things To Be Wary Of in the food department than bargain sushi. "

      A Bourdain


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        Gabatta RE: okra Sep 13, 2012 01:39 PM

        I have to agree with that sentiment. The new AYCE Maki Maki in Allston scares me a bit.

        In my opinion, the best way to eat good sushi inexpensively is to go for lunch. Places like Oishii Chestnut Hill or Toyara are incredible values at lunch time as long as you don't order a la carte. The sashimi lunch box at Oishii could nearly feed two people.

        Another option is to grab some of the inexpensive but always fresh nigiri at Sakanaya in Boston.

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          Allstonian RE: Gabatta Sep 13, 2012 01:53 PM

          I agree as well, but there's a big difference between "bargain sushi" and "inexpensive sushi."

          I stand my my recommendation of Mr. Sushi, where the sushi is reasonably priced and not at all dangerous. However, to be fair, phoook was not at all clear how they defined "inexpensive sushi" and I've never been to Avana Sushi so I don't know how they compare pricewise.

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            Gabatta RE: Allstonian Sep 13, 2012 01:56 PM

            I haven't been to Mr. Sushi in many moons, but it was definitely always fine and fresh in the past.

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        Gordough RE: phoook Sep 13, 2012 02:22 PM

        since you mentioned Chinatown as a location, you can get pretty decent and affordable sushi at Montien, the Thai place on Kneeland Street. Don't be scared off by the fact that it is a Thai restaurant.

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          Alcachofa RE: Gordough Sep 13, 2012 02:51 PM

          Montien is probably the only Thai restaurant in which I would eat sushi. It's quite good there.

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            hotoynoodle RE: Alcachofa Sep 16, 2012 11:17 AM

            3rd montien and i also like sakurabana on broad st.. not dirt cheap, but always super fresh.

        2. Prav RE: phoook Sep 13, 2012 03:33 PM

          I've had tasty simple sushi at Irashai, in Chinatown (warning - the logo makes it looks like it's called Trash-hat).

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            gourmaniac RE: Prav Sep 14, 2012 07:33 AM

            second Prav's rec. I think Irashai's lunch (available all day) is great value and good fresh sushi. Having just returned from Kyoto and Yokohama, I'm thinking everything we have (even at the high end) is pretty mediocre.

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              opinionatedchef RE: gourmaniac Sep 15, 2012 11:12 PM


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            jody RE: phoook Sep 14, 2012 06:38 AM

            When dining at an inexpensive sushi place, I've devised a question that works well. I ask the waiter to ask the sushi chef to recommend his favorite choice for sashimi that night. That usually results in good, fresh fish. (because of course if you ask what is fresh, the response will be that its all fresh).

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              Prav RE: jody Sep 14, 2012 07:18 AM

              Couldn't it also backfire, where the chef "recommends" whatever is oldest and needs to be sold?

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                jody RE: Prav Sep 14, 2012 08:56 AM

                That's a reasonable question, but I've had good luck. Perhaps the fact that you are specifying sashimi means that you are really going to be tasting it?

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              knclouse RE: phoook Sep 14, 2012 10:22 AM

              I like Genki Ya in Coolidge Corner and Fresh Pond. If you do takeout or delivery and pay cash, you can get 2 rolls, soup, and salad for $10, and it's actually pretty decent. They have two different websites, but only one of them has the special: http://www.genkiyasushi.com/

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                cambridgedoctpr RE: phoook Sep 14, 2012 10:23 AM

                really only one choice: sakayana where the fish is as good as the top places in boston.

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                  jajjguy RE: phoook Sep 19, 2012 05:02 PM

                  My favorite not-expensive sushi is Fish Market Sushi Bar in Allston.

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                    teezeetoo RE: jajjguy Sep 19, 2012 06:18 PM

                    second Fish market for the inexpensive but still good end of the sushi chain

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                      Sugar04 RE: teezeetoo Sep 20, 2012 04:01 PM

                      Bluefin in Porter Exchange can do the trick for inexpensive, decent sushi. They have several combo deals which lower the prices, including a broad selection of 5 maki rolls for $28.00 etc.

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                        cambridgedoctpr RE: Sugar04 Sep 20, 2012 04:05 PM

                        i think that quality slipped at Blue Fin with the new ownership. I have not been back lately and my information is dated.

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                          jajjguy RE: cambridgedoctpr Sep 22, 2012 09:48 AM

                          I think you are right, but it hasn't slipped much. Remains good neighborhood level sushi but not a destination.
                          Fish Market, however, I will happily cross the river for even though I can't get sake, which is saying a lot for me!

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