Boston >Food & Dining > Oishii Boston
1166 Washington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343030 -71.066796
Lunch hours: Tue - Sat, noon - 3pm; Sun, 1pm - 5pm. Dinner hours: Tue - Sat, 5:30pm - midnight; Sun, 5:30pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Harrison Lenox, South End
Mickey? – The food was fine. BUT I really think my sister and I were slipped some sort of a mickey! I had one drink and I had to hold on to the railing to walk down the stairs! I decided not to get any other drinks-- usually I get 2 or 3 total if I go out to dinner.
My sister did have 2 drinks and also felt overly intoxicated
Also, we both had nightmares all nite and WICKED dry mouth!
South End offshoot of award-winning sushi spot serves a pricey, expanded menu in minimalist chic environs. – In Short
With more than three times the seating of the original Chestnut Hill location, the South End Oishii provides a roomier, slightly more modern setting in which to enjoy perhaps the city's highest-regarded sushi. While most diners stick to the raw stuff, some opt instead for hot dishes like beef yaki ishi, a heaping portion of vegetables, rice, and steak on a sizzling stone grill.
At some point Japanese cuisine has lost its way in Boston. The fact that Oishii sits near the top of the food critic ratings is evidence of it. People seem to be wowed by sushi coated with expensive items like truffels and exotic caviar. Hand rolls now tend to be drenched in mayonaise and spices (this is a well known technique for sushi chefs to get rid of the cheaper and older parts of the fish that they would have otherwise thrown away). The only difference with Oishii is that it makes you pay triple what other places charge and they serve it to you in a pretentious dark Euro bar atmosphere. Even the way they serve soy sauce is an insult to Japanese cooking. Whats the deal with the huge soup bowl for the soy sauce anyway? Compare this to some fine restaurants in Japan where they dont even serve you soy sauce. Why? Because good fish should stand on its own. Oishii does get some of the freshest fish around, but it manages to mess up everything around it. The sushi rice is overcooked, and some nigiri zushi was served on some silly parchment paper which looked fancy but then stuck to the rice as it fell apart. Poor form. Its too bad that people think that this is good sushi and are willing to pay ridiculous prices for it. Just look around though. You wont find any Japanese people there (including the entire chef staff) or anybody who has spent any considerable time in Japan.
Rip off, who do they think they are? – Poor service, for these prices I expect the best and got nothing close to good service at this restaurant. I left hungry, after forking over almost $200.00 for a meal for two. Substandard
Over priced pretentious fish shack – Went on 6/8/08 for fiances birthday. Kobe beef $60.00, small portion. Other portions very small. Waitress loud brash American girl, stated when she realized we were new to the experience "Our chefs recommend you trust them to cater to you, starting at $135.00 to $150.00 PER PERSON. Are you kidding me? We do not use chop sticks, again, she LOUDLY stated "I WILL GET YOU SILVERWARE!" We were seated in the main dining room, across from the sushi bar, therefore on top of the other diners, as it was a long couch, with tables for two coming off. Service abhorent, beverage glass usually empty. Additionally, we did not opt to buy the bottled water,and were served WARM tap water. The bill was outrageous, and I am still annoyed at my fiance for tipping well. Bad experience, over priced pretentious
totally disappointed – was delirious as i heard the news about oishii boston opening: it was RIGHT DOWN THE BLOCK from my work!!
went there to try it out last summer when they first opened, but was instantly disappointed. the food was good but not original anymore. they inserted too much gimmick and names of exotic ingredients that you can't even pronounce, but when the food came you didn't feel like you were getting your money's worth. even for die-hard special rolls that i liked from the old place (ex. torched yellowtail roll), the price is marked up but... even if they gave you the exact same food it just feels very different here.
in the old location, when i ordered about $100 (for 2) worth of food we consistently stuffed ourselves; we had to rock-paper-scissor the remaining few pieces. but here i paid the same amount and walked out feeling empty (both belly AND wallet!). the only thing i liked from this place is the dessert. had a green tea tiramisu and that at least concluded my meal on a good note. but the whole experience just made me yearn to go back to the old, humble location in chestnut hill for solid quality and real food. this place is too pretentious (decor is very nice, though), unauthentic, and overpriced for me to return.
Best Sushi in Boston – Have been here three times and all were great. Prefer to sit at the bar since the dining rooms are cold and dark. The service is very good, the sushi wonderful and just an overall great experience.
Awful Customer Service – Was on a double date last night, thought the food was great, and was having a wonderful experience until during our desert, the manager asked if we enjoyed everything and then asked if we would "move on", as other people were waiting and they were really busy. I have never experience such rudeness and obnoxiouslness from a manager, at what is supposed to be one of Boston's high end restuarants. If he had just showed some patience he would have realized we were just finishing up. If you want to spend a lot of money and be disrespected by management go to Oishii.
GET GREAT SUSHI IN BOSTON – I love this place. I used to always go to the Chestnut Hill location which is just as good with their food, however, the Boston location is a nicer restaurant. After dinner tonight I did not feel over full, although plenty satisfied. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and American- it was very easy to talk to her (only Asia's work at Chestnut Hill). If you want great sushi and can pay the price for it, make Oishii your choice. The shaved ice desert, Miso soup and the lobster sushi are great, also try to the meat sushi- made with red meat.
nice atmosphere, nice set up, wide sake menu, fresh sushi, entrees need tweeking. – oishii is definitely one of the best japanese place of boston especially for fresh raw fish. the others are fugakyu (for entrees) and uni (for sushi). The atmosphere is modern and chic, barely can hear the music, the lighting is nicely dim. the hostess and waiting staff are friendly and helpful. the sake menu is comprehensive. the only complaint is that some of the food wasnt to taste. the ingredients and freshness were there, it just could use some improvement. the desserts are fab, i had red bean creme brulee. the green tea tiramisu was okay, a bit too rich. overall, i liked the place,
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