Ginza Sushi Marui (銀座寿司処 まる伊)

Overall taste: 8.75/10 | 2016 | 3 104 0061, 3 Chome-8-16 Ginza, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0061, Japan

We love this place! This is located in Ginza and we waited around 30 minutes to get in. They provide an English menu so it’s perfect for tourists. We found this better than the food we had in Tsukiji fish market. That being said, we didn’t try any of the famous restaurants in Tsukiji that would have taken hours of wait to get in.

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Tokusen Nigiri – assorted special sushi, 16 pieces (Yen 1,800) [This is so good. When people tell you the sushi they had in Japan was much better than the ones they tried anywhere else, they’re telling the truth. The rice tasted a lot better and the proportion was just right. And look at how well-marbled the tuna was (top left)!]
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Dukeana chirashi-zushi – assorted lean tuna and coger eel (anago) on rice (Yen 1,500) [This is the first time we both tried anago. It’s similar to unagi but the meat tasted slightly sweeter and the texture was more fish-like.]

Oishii

Overall taste: 7/10 | 2016 | 1166 Washington St #110, Boston, MA 02118

We came here during the 2016 Dine Out Boston week. We thought that the food had great presentation but the taste was pretty average.

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Choice C: Gyu Kaku Donburi ($20) – Miso soup & salad. Grilled beef & onions on top of rice topped with sweet garlic sauce [It tasted good, and the beef had great flavor but it was quite tough]. Icecream [We thought their green tea icecream tasted a little artificial and would prefer it if they used more matcha powder].
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Choice D: Kaiseki Lunch ($30) – Green salad & sesame dressing. Fresh lobster wild mushroom risotto [This was tasteless, like white rice with a little bit of sauce, and we couldn’t taste the lobster at all]. Crispy rock shrimp lemon aioli [Despite it’s name, it wasn’t crispy. It was fried way before it was served and the shrimps were too tiny]. Oishii crab cake [Not that oishii]. Seared wild king salmon with ikura. Spicy tuna salad in a cucumber handroll. Grilled miso black cod. Sake & rocky sushi. Hamachi & maguro sashimi. [The rest were pretty good, but the hot dishes were already cold by the time it was served to us.] Ice cream.
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Choice E: Pork Belly Ramen ($20)Green salad & sesame dressing. Ramen noodle soup [It was quite bland and we would have preferred more pork flavour in the soup]. Pork belly. Napa cabbage. Fresh egg. Icecream

Irashai

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 8 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

I wasn’t expecting much when I walked into the restaurant as there wasn’t that many customers. Luckily, I was proven wrong. I really love 2 of the 3 dishes I ordered and everything is reasonably priced.

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

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Tuna tataki – slices of seared tuna served in house ponzu sauce ($10) [Although it’s good, I don’t find it particularly outstanding]
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+++ Ice-man maki – crab meat tempura and asparagus, topped with torched super white tuna & drizzled in chef’s honey wasabi sauce ($11) [I’ve had white tuna many times, but this is the first time I’ve had the torched version. It tasted more fatty than usual and literally melted in my mouth. The honey wasabi complements the roll very well. I will definitely order this again! Note that it is imitation crab meat in the roll, not real crab meat.]
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+++ Lunch sushi and sashimi combo – 5 pieces of sushi and 6 pieces of sashimi ($13) [The sashimi is really fresh and I really like their sushi rice; it actually reminds me of the sushi rice I had in Tokyo. The value is great too! Even though it is a “lunch” combo, it is served all day. However, if you pay with credit card, you’ll have to pay an additional $2 for a lunch combo after 4p.m. If you pay with cash, the price will be the same.]