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Sep 13, 2012 12:32 PM

Best Inexpensive Sushi in Boston Area

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

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  1. I'm partial to Mr. Sushi in Brookline.

    1. "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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      1. re: okra

        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.

        1. re: Gabatta

          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.

          1. re: Allstonian

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

      2. 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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        1. re: Gordough

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

          1. re: Alcachofa

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Prav

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: jody

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

              1. re: Prav

                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?