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Where to go when you're craving Uni's sashimi but don't want to break the bank?

Wannabfoode Nov 19, 2012 04:29 PM

The subject kind of says it all: I love the flavor comibinations at Uni--in particular the gorgeous blends of citrus and chili with perfectly chilled fish. But I can't always afford to splurge on a 200 dollar meal. Sooo,. Where can I go (and I know it won't be the same) that will feature interesting combinations of raw fish and bright, fresh and spicy flavors?


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    9lives Nov 25, 2012 02:46 PM

    I'll throw out 2 that I thought were way up thre in quality of fish..

    Sushi island in Wakefield and Oishii in CH. Terrific fish quality.

    Downtown, Sakura Bana does a good job. Montien does too; granted without the extensive assortment of some of the others.

    A major disappointment was Bento Express..in the old Beijing on the Common. Come on, True World trucks drive by every day. Too much turkey got the better of me and I walked in the other night. Miserable looking fish that I wouldn't give to my cats..who I happen to love + they are awake when I'm asleep..:) I walked out without ordering anything. Avoid the fish, can't speak to cooked items but hard to revisit.

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      Klunco Nov 24, 2012 08:19 AM

      I'd also throw in Cafe Sushi in Cambridge. Very reasonably priced and they have all sorts of interesting non-traditional sushi pieces similiar to what you like at O Ya (eg. Tazmanian ocean trout with orange and fennel) Check out the menu online for a feel. The In-season fish are always great (albeit understandably a bit pricier) and the tuna collar we had recently was delicious and a bargain for the amount of meat.

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        coolaugustmoon Nov 25, 2012 06:05 PM

        Have to give a plus 1 to Cafe Sushi. After ignoring it for years, I was brought there, The specials Klunco mentions are outstanding, Had toro with smoked sea salt and yuzu nigiri style in addition to the fennel piece mentioned above. Surprised by creativity and freshness, and price was reasonable nor what it was.

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        BellaBoston Nov 24, 2012 07:41 AM

        I agree with the other posters on Oishii, and am looking forward to trying Fish Market and some other others that i haven't heard of yet! We love the fish at Empire. You can sit at the sushi bar and the chefs will recommend what they think is their best fish that day etc. It's not as inexpensive as some...but also not Uni prices.

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          Gabatta Nov 20, 2012 12:39 PM

          Sushi Island. Way better than Uni and about a quarter the price.

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            cambridgedoctpr Nov 20, 2012 02:59 PM

            sakayana for the fish; you have to add the extras.

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              Allstonian Nov 20, 2012 03:48 PM

              I hate to pick nits but it's way easier for folks to look up a place with the correct name and this one seems to trip people up all the time. It's Sakanaya.

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              rlh Nov 20, 2012 11:40 AM

              I LOVE Toraya and frequently recommend it - for sushi and maki basics - the most innovative stuff is a crunchy tuna roll with spicy mayo or a spider maki - nothing out of the ordinary in terms of combos and no citrus I am aware of in the nigiri or maki - the whiteboard specials are always good but tend to be non-exotic (snapper, toro, scallops, etc.) - I would add Oishii Too in Sudbury if willing to travel - same great tastes as Chestnut Hill and a LOT more space (with parking). I also have enjoyed Sushi Isand both times I have been and there is a slightly broader range of offerings there than Toraya but less creative than Oishii.

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                teezeetoo Nov 20, 2012 12:34 PM

                Reasonable in price and way better than average in quality - Fish Place on Brighton near Harvard

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                  Allstonian Nov 20, 2012 03:43 PM

                  Fish Market. (Not to be confused with Sakanaya, which is a fish market that sells sushi & sashimi...Fish Market is a proper sit-down sushi place.)

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                    teezeetoo Nov 20, 2012 05:42 PM

                    thank you - i'm notorious in my family for twisting names (my mother was equally notorious - she constantly referred to Sid Caesar as Julius and had a particular affection for Easio Pinzio). I appreciate the correction and reaffirm that it's Fish Market that I like.

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                      Allstonian Nov 20, 2012 06:00 PM

                      Yes, Fish Market is really good. I need to get over there again soon!

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              Gordough Nov 19, 2012 07:50 PM

              Oishii Chestnut Hill
              Sushi Island in Wakefield
              Oga's in Natick
              I also like Duozo's sister restaurant Basho but others here do not.

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                Foodie_BBQ Nov 20, 2012 07:27 AM

                Second Oishii Chestnut Hill. Listed and unlisted (ask) specials are where you find the treasures.

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