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New Japanese Fish Market: Sakanaya

Blue prawns (from Caledonia) raw. Amazing!

Feb 14, 2011
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New Japanese Fish Market: Sakanaya

Had o-toro (from Greece), hirame (from Korea), salmon (from Scotland...alas farm-raised), uni, (from Maine since California was sold out), blue prawns. All were the best quality we've had (restaurants included) in Boston (and certainly holds up to, say, Yasuda in NYC). Considering the quality, comments about it being pricey, are misplaced since the amount we paid for all of this (less than $60) is, what, 1/4 or even 1/5 of we would pay in restaurants. The blue prawn makes Maine amaebi seem so superficial and 2nd team: the former is so unbelievably succulent and far sweeter with a slight brininess and textural substance...hmm...no comparison. Blue fin from Greece has more oiliness and amazing unctuousness. Uni melted with purest delight and was tops. Yoshi was very nice and helpful: even though we usually slice everything ourselves at home, he generously did it for us instead. Highest recommendations to any serious sushi/sashimi fanatic or devotee.

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Sakanaya
75 Linden St, Boston, MA 02134

Feb 14, 2011
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

H-Mart Burlington!!!

Do tell the manager you also want bottled yuzu juice...the more people request it the better the chance we can get them to stock it.

Sep 26, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

H-Mart Burlington!!!

Just back from the mayhem (in a good way!) at the grand opening of H-Mart. Look forward to hear what others thought; but my wife and I were pretty blown away by the vast quantity and quality of all food/grocery/staple types. The crowds were immense and imagine this weekend will be super crazy; but highly recommend to all foodies for everything from meats, veggies, fruits, seafoods, prepared stuff, spices, condiments, noodles of all types, etc, etc., etc. One of the workers carving sashimi tuna from the actual whole fish gave us a special deal on toro for only $15/lb (compared to $30/lb after the initial opening festivities). Amazing quality across the board and prices are generally quite good (most meats, veggies, and fruits are a fraction of, say, Whole Foods). There was a nice selection of Indian, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, and even American offerings along with the huge selections of the expected Korean and Japanese (although no bottled yuzu juice or higher end ponzu) musts. Expect to park far away during the rush!!! If you don't see what you want then definitely tell the manager: they are looking to please big time! As far as Asian markets in the greater Boston area this is quite simply the place to go.

Sep 25, 2009
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Recommendations needed near Hynes Convention Center

Sel de la Terre is fine, but if $ is not an object then definitely go to L'Espalier: it is far more sophisticated in terms of food and the ambiance is much more impressive and pleasant than SDLT. In the Hynes Convention Center area, this is a no brainer.

Sep 24, 2009
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Best chocolates?

Without hesitation, to find very best chocolates from artisan and top quality chocolatiers in the world, would definitely recommend going to Formaggio's Kitchen to stock up on connoisseur-level treats from Amadei, Romanengo, etc. Burdick's pales in comparison to the what is offered FK.

Sep 24, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

where are the best wursts in boston?

no contest: smokehouse (aka boston sausage company)! dave nosiglia trained in germany for three years. offerings rotate through the week, so you should inquire for the lineup. they supply to local restaurants and savenor's carries some of their products as well. highest rec for what is as close to a wurstmeister in the area as any...

Sep 19, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

BEST FISHMONGER IN BOSTON?

totally agree w/rebs: new deal all the way. best place in boston to get sushi/sashimi grade seafood. carl and everyone there is very knowledgeable and super nice to one and all. a large segment of their clientele includes native japanese who know and want the best. you can easily get into a fun conversation about all things seafood there. enjoy!

Sep 19, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

Japanese Grocery in Brookline Village

Thanks for helpful post. My wife and I had been there earlier in the month, surveyed the digs, and were greatly disappointed...sad to see that things have not "grown" since we were there. Guess we'll have to wait for H mart-Burlington and Ebisuya-Medford for a (hopefully) better stocked store.

Aug 31, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

L'Espalier -- Chef McClelland's Tasting Journey [long]

GREAT post! All my wife and i can say is that you bring most wonderful memories back for us when we did the same Chef's Table/Tasting Journey. The attention to detail, finesse, imagination, and spectrum of delights was overwhelmingly awesome. Thanks for putting this up.

Aug 27, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

No reservations? No problem!

Toro in South End, Giacomo's in North End

Aug 24, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

hamachi kama?

Nab's link is a good start (New Deal and Courthouse); unfortunately the consistent choice *was* the now closed Kotobukiya (we'll have to see if its replacement in Medford (Ebisuya) will stock it as consistently). Also, the soon to be opened H mart in Burlington would be a good possibility to check out.

Aug 24, 2009
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Black garlic?

RE: Whole Foods...revolves around owner's public statement against single-payer health reform.

If left in dry, cool space can last for upwards of a year. You can check out a generic description, for example at http://www.superblackgarlic.com/black...; but there many other places to get good info about it.

Aug 22, 2009
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Restaurant Recomendation for 50th Anniv. - rent entire space

While pricey, would definitely recommend L'Espalier for such a special occasion.

Aug 22, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

Local markets for Guanciale?

Hands down theeeee place to go for guanciale and all other such delectables is Formaggio's Kitchen on Huron in Cambridge. Of course it will be hard to leave without indulging in iberica jamon while there and the best selection of cheeses in the states.

Aug 22, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area

Black garlic?

If you're not participating in the latest demonstration against Whole Foods, you can get black garlic at the River Street location (don't know if they are carrying at other stores). two heads run you around $3 though. If you own an electric rice cooker with warm setting you can put garlic heads and leave them in there WITHOUT opening for 2 weeks and get the real deal. They taste fruity, sweet-sour, with a texture of preserved prunes or dates. Awesome snack or even spread on sandwiches as well as condiment for savory and sweet dishes. Even beyond their nutritional value they are a great addition to any meal or snack.

Aug 22, 2009
sushifest in Greater Boston Area