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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

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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