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Nom Nom Nom – Review: Oishii Sushi Bar

We interrupt your regularly scheduled “AKwan’s Kitchen” this week to bring you this new segment we are introducing. In fact, “AKwan’s Kitchen” will now only be a bi-weekly feature, to allow for more production time. So now, we will be alternating between seeing AKwan make a fool out of himself in the kitchen and his opinions on restaurants that he has been to. With that said, we bring to you the very first edition of “Nom Nom Nom” restaurant review. On tap first, we have… Oishii Sushi Bar!

Oishii Sushi Bar
612 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Review Date: May 27, 2010
Website: http://www.oishiiboston.com/about-ch.html

Plug the above address into your GPS and when it says “you have arrived at your destination,” don’t blink, otherwise you’ll miss this place. Yes, from the outside, this might look like a “hole-in-the-wall” place but trust me, once you taste the food, it is anything but like it. But seriously, I think this is really one of the best places for sushi in the Boston-area, at least in my most humble opinion.

This isn’t my very first time eating here, for I’ve been here for a few times prior already but however, this time it was… oh how should I say it, nom nom nom!

Hamachi and Toro

Hamachi on the left, Toro on the right

The uni (sea urchin) was good. It wasn’t warm and looked all “melty” like last time… it tasted like a piece of crap last time… mmm it tasted like heaven in my mouth this time, if I could taste heaven that is.

Mmm mmm mmm I also love raw shrimp (ama-ebi) … when it’s good, it’s like my mouth is having an orgasm… ok TMI hahaha.

The tuna was good too — maguro (the red tuna that most people are familiar with) or toro (fatty) — can’t go wrong with either one; I’m a big fan of tuna anyways. Ohhhh just typing this out is making me salivate in my mouth now.

Saba, Kaibashira,  Ama-ebi

Saba in foreground, Kaibashira behind that, Ama-ebi in background

Hmm what else did we order? Oh yeah:
– For appetizers, the Hotate Hokkaiyaki (baked scallop or squid in shell with mayo): no comment on this since I didn’t try it
– Hamachi (yellowtail): nothing too much to rave about, nor were there any complaints from me
– Saba (mackerel): not too good, tasted like it was cooked even though it really wasn’t…
– Kaibashira (scallop): ohhh my goodness, probably one of the only few times I’ve ever had this and it was sooo gooood! Yummm!
– Ikura (salmon roe): if you like the taste of smooth salty balls in your mouth, well then, this is for you (jk)

White Tiger Maki, Hamachi Torch Maki

White Tiger Maki in foreground, Hamachi Torch Maki in background

And of course, we have to order the ubiquitous makis. I think we ordered two of them: one of them was the White Tiger Maki (Tuna, tobiko, and cucumber roll, in white seaweed with sauce) and another one, the Hamachi Torch Maki (Roe, cucumber inside and hamachi-torched outside, with sweet miso sauce and black tobiko on top), but ehh… don’t get me wrong, they are still good hands-down and I would chomp them all up if they were right in front of my face but I’m not really that big of a fan for makis anymore; I would much much rather just eat the raw fish (sashimi) separately… mmm om nom nom!

And to wash all that down with, I would recommend you getting some hot green tea or a 32 oz can of Sapporo for EACH person, yes I said EACH and that’s exactly what we did too… hahaha yah!!! Or, if you are real hardcore like Boyd “the single guy” here, then heck, go for a bottle of Sake: he recommends “Crazy Milk” for Sake novices.

Overall, it was a good experience. I think of all the times I’ve been here, there was only one time that I came out of here a little bit discontented. But that was an anomaly. Most of the time the food here is good, no, very good. I understand that even a place like this can have a bad day once in a while so I’m disregarding my one bad day here. If this place can keep up the quality like what I had last time around, then I’m sure to be keep coming back here, no matter how much the food costs, which brings me to my money scale:

Money: $$$$ (out of 4)

Good date place? Sure, nice small cozy setting. They do dim the lights a little at night, could be a bit romantic.

Grade: A

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay, I would come back here whether or not if I bring a date too. Hah!

Credits: rkwan for all food images


 

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  • aleung

    was disappointed last time there at oiishi.. i feel this place is overrated

    would highly recommend this hidden gem called Super Fusion Cuisine in Watertown.

    http://www.superfusionsushi.com/

  • JL

    It used to be a very good place, since the owner is not there the quality is kinda going down …. 🙁

  • blaw

    the maki’s huh? sigh~~~

  • jqhuynh

    You guys are killing me. I need to make a stop there this weekend! I’m actually a fan of the spicy tuna cucumber wrap as well.

  • Legna

    I always order Yhe scallops there, it very good, but Rk told me the scallops was not that good last time :0

    that’s not the white tiger maki, that’s something else, I forgot the name. But the white tiger maki is wrapped in white seaweed paper.

  • jqhuynh

    Rkwan, what’s with the BOKEH in all the food pics? I can’t see anything in the background.

  • Anon

    Oh also, can you guys implement modal popups for the pictures? I tire from hitting the back button all the time, so I end up not seeing all these wonderful images. It would do your photos so much justice, since you guys are all photogs.

  • Anon

    I’ve been there once, and it was great…nom nom nom nom nom. The scallops hand rolls are what I would go back for ..nom nom nom nom nom nom nom… annoying ain’t it? We get that you know your memes, but sometimes it gets out of hand. Anyways, good review of the place. Problem is, now its going to be even harder to get a seat. BTW, the second place is not even similar in anyway other than by name.

  • blaw

    Meh, the nigiri was not done good enough, they still need some work. The piece of fish came off from the rice to easily. If it is a master, the fish should not come off.

  • rkwan

    Certainly there’s a lot of sushi restaurants in Boston, however the one that I always return back to is Oishii in Chestnut Hill, MA.

    Oishii is one of those hidden gems, but I guess it’s actually quite popular that it also spawn another location as well.

    Seating: There’s only 1 table of 4, and the rest of sushi bar.

  • ac

    i like their torched hamachi!!!!!!! dun think u can hv it at other places unless u request it
    i was vy disappointed last time too.