Eat at your own risk. I have eaten at both Oishii in the South End and the one on Hammond street. At both places I have had terrible service. This specific location has been the worst. One time I ordered the black cod, and they forgot to bring it out even after our sushi came out. The second time I ordered the black cod thinking it would be as the same quality as the black cod in the south end, instead it was very dry and lacked any flavor. By this point was ready to swear off Oishii forever, but decided to give it one last try today. I ordered many pieces of sushi and was very unsatisfied with them, when I went to complain the waitress said there was nothing she could do about giving us any refund on our bill not even so little as 5$. My point is, if you eat at oishii and are not satisfied with the quality of sushi, you will get no sympathy and will have to pay the hefty bill anyway. It's just poor business, I will never go back. Eat at your own risk!
SImply Average (Sushi Rolls do not a true sushi bar make).
Sushi Rolls do not a true sushi bar make. Having eaten at restaurants like Nobu, Masa, Sushi Yasuda, Jewel Bako and other top sushi restaurants in the United States this is merely average fair. I don?t understand why this is rated as high as it is and why a foodie like Caroline Yeh raves about this place.
The fish is fresh but average, the presentation and orginality is lacking. This merely an average sushi experinces.
I have also had the pleasure of eating at Kyubei 8-7-6 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo, Japan. And had the privilege of meeting the second generation Kyubei himself.
Kyubei has been opened for 71 years and it just doesn?t get any better than this. In this temple of sushi only the freshets of fish on perfectly flavored rice some with a hint of wasabi, some with a hint of grated lime is offered up and eaten by true sushiphiles using their fingers to hold the tender succulent morsels up to their eager mouths. There are no bottles of soy on the bar and no wasabi is provided. The sushi is served as the chef see fit.
Live shrimp, uni, abalone, tuna belly, yellow tail, all presented on handcrafted pottery. The best I ever had a set of 12 pieces chosen by the chef (omakase shimasu", which means roughly, "I trust you [the chef]." was $80.00 USD with a glass of cold premium sake.
I will actually be in Boston on business and I am looking at trying Ken Oringer UNI. Lets see if it holds up to my criteria for great sushi.
Very Mediocre food, high prices (especially given the mediocre food.
Given the stellar reviews (Best sushi this side of Tokyo), we had really high expectations. The food was very very disappointing. It was just mediocre and some of the fish did not appear to be fresh. Also this location has very few chairs so be prepared for a long wait.
Perhaps their main location in Boston is better but the Chestnut Hill locations was so disappointing that I don't even feel like giving them a second chance.
Even good vegetarian options!.
Loved it. Some of the best sushi ever. My husband is a pure vegetarian and got some really good veggie sushi options (shikate mushroom tempura and veggie tempura) for a change.
Try the cones and even the soups - delicious. Seating is a little tight but one could say its cozy.
...Awe-some.. We were lucky to arrive just before the rush and didn't have to wait. It was an early weekday around 6. The sushi chiefs were friendly, the service was nice, and the sushi.... was excellent. We ordered the Jeffery Role, Alligator Roll, and Tuna, Salmon cucumber roll along with various nigiri--including octopus and salmon. The salmon was incredible. We didn't realize the cucumber roll didn't have nori or rice, so we didn't love that one, but the other two were beyond delicious. The best sushi I have ever had. The price is high, but you don't mind paying it. The atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired and as there was a 15+ person wait halfway through out meal, we were rushed a bit... I'd feel more comfortable paying Oishii's prices if I could take my time, enjoy the atmosphere, and my dining partner (sushi bars don't really encourage this.) However the food was still delicious. I hope to try the new location with more tables that takes reservations. Despite the cons, which seem important, the food quality definitely makes up for it. GO NOW. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Can't beat it...no sushi in the boston area compares!!!. I have been here a ton of times. Go to the Chestnut Hil one, NOT the Boston one...it's just not the same. The small, cramped seating at the sushi bar and long waits are so worth it out here in the suburbs, it is what makes Oishii, Oishii. This place lives up to its name: it is SO DELICIOUS. Try to come in smaller groups and call ahead to have them put your name down on the handwritten list inside of the front door. Once seated you will forget about the people crowding at the front door for a peek anxiously waiting outside and some almost peering over your shoulder. With the sushi chefs working quickly right before your eyes, you instantly feel tranported from US to a little local street restaurant in Japan. Each plated beautifully, there are almost too many options to pick from and all are great. The portions are great as well, lots of fish for your money. Make sure you order the tempura'd sweet potato roll, actually make sure you get 2!!! If you are local or willing to drive out there, call ahead for take-out, so many people do and it is the best use of time if you are itching for an amazing sushi experience, but nothing beats sitting down and experiencing the restaurant at least once! There's a reason this place gets the highest boston zagat rating...
One Of The Best In The USA.
I have eaten sushi at the best places in Los Angles, New York and Tokyo and Oishii is one of the best I have ever tried. I would rank it in the top five in the USA. The reason is obvious once you view the daily fresh sheet. Uni from Hokkaido, hamachi and blue fin tuna flown in that day from Tokyo as well as numerous other offerings from various locales around the world. The Chestnut Hill location is very similar to a Tokyo sushi bar, only one table and 13 seats at the sushi bar. A wait is inevitable.
Because of the top notch quality they serve, prices are higher at Oishii than at your average sushi bar. But it is oh so worth it.
Raw Sushi Overrated. Finally after about 1 year after hearing about this place my boyfriend and I managed to make it to Oishii at 5:00pm on a Friday night to try what has been touted as the "best" sushi place in Boston to be disappointed. The raw fish, supposedly fresh, had no taste whatsoever. Raw fish is definitely not supposed to be like this. You are supposed to taste the fish even without soy sauce and wasabi and each type of fish has its own distinctive taste. Now I am a big fan of hamachi (yellow tail) and the tartar I had last night had NO TASTE WHATSOEVER unless you soaked it in the sauce that came with it (which was good by the way, the sauce that is). The same went for all the different sushi that we tried including the white salmon, salmon, hamachi etc. Yes, the white salmon "melted" in your mouth but what's the point when there's no taste to the fish? The only thing that I would recommend is the torched sushi and the sushi made from hot ingredients like the tempura or the soft shell crab. Even the crab, eel and inari sushi was nothing spectacular at all. In any event the steep prices and the uncomfortable seating arrangements are not worth the trip to this place in the least. If this is the "best" that Boston has to offer I feel real sorry about this and it may also be the reason why Bostonites think it is good. I would much much rather head up to Porter Exchange to Blue Fin to get cheaper sushi that at least has some taste to it on good days. That or head down to NYC where there is much better sushi for a more reasonable price on offer. If you had the dough just fly to Japan, Hong Kong or Australia where you would really experience true sushi/sashimi heaven.
Best I've Ever Had.
I have been told by a few sushi snob friends that the way to get the best sushi is to eat at the bar and order "omakasae," which is where the chef gives you what he thinks is best that night. My wife and I did this at our first time at Oishii and I can say without exaggerating that it was the best sushi meal I have ever eaten--and I've had sushi all over the country.
The restaurant itself is tiny. We got there at 5:45 on a Saturday night and still had to wait. The bar was crowded, but the staff was still very friendly and attentive.
We were served six plates of beautiful, tasty, and often adventurous food (the waitress asked us if there was anything we would not eat and we answered "No."). From a cylinder of minced sashimi in a tangy sauce to a plate full of large nigiri (including a buttery white tuna that I had never even heard of before), to rolls made of seared tuna filled with asparagus, cucumber, and bonito shavings.
The presentation of the food was as great as the flavors and textures, with sauces painted on with a brush in Japanese characters, orchids, and ingredients painstakingly arranged to make each plate look like a sculpture.
The mean was not cheap by any means, but it was well worth what we paid for it. I can't recommend Oishii enough.
good sushi..!. went there recently on a friday seated promptly and i have to say that i was not dissapointed one bit with the food.. i have eaten here on several occasions and have nothing but good things to say.. If u go in please try the jeffrey's maki nothing like it in the world..!
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