Monday, March 3, 2014

My Go To Sushi Spot in Boston: The Oishii in Chestnut Hill

You have to dress up a bit for the Oishii in The South End, and it has a menu that forces you to spend a lot of money. At the Oishii in Chestnut Hill, they have some of the fun, weird, expensive items (often involving foie gras), but they also have normally priced rolls. The quality of the sushi is very high, but it's much more casual here.

Favorite Dishes (in bold):

The Mango Roll with shrimp, cucumber, mango, and asparagus covered with spicy crisp tuna and tobiko ($15) is one of our favorites rolls.

Tuna Tata - minced fatty tuna with some kind of wasabi sauce and white gold caviar ($18) - Those caviar were so supple, and the tuna is fresh, and there's a lot of it. It's all just so good.

Baby Hamachi Sashimi - with jalapeno peppers, spicy radish and soy sauce ($20) - Once again, one of their simpler dishes is one of their best.


White Tiger (Left): One of my favorites here, love the mayo
Spicy Crispy Maki (Right): Good but a little dry, could use a little jalapeƱo and some of the mayo sauce from the White Tiger




If you want to try sashimi, this would be an excellent place to do it.
Bluefin Maguro (Tuna) 2 pieces ($9): Amazing
Bluefin Toro (fatty tuna) (MP $11 the time I ordered it): Really good, though the fatty taste is nice, it's true it doesn't have as much flavor as the lean tuna

The Hokigai or Red clam - ($4.50 for 2 pieces sushi) was chewy-rubbery. It looks like, and has slightly more flavor than, a blanket.

Rachel's Sushi - scallops topped with tobiko, Japanese mayo and lemon ($8 for sushi as seen above, or $11 for sashimi) was so tender! Those particular toppings perfectly melt right into the soft scallop morsel.

Amberjack Sashimi: Tender like if a perfectly cooked steak could be even more tender. The taste is nice, with an oyster-like ocean reminiscence. 



 Oishii Sushi on Urbanspoon

Others:

Brad's Torched Maki ($16): Really good as always, but not a favorite. I'm kind of over the torched thing, I've realized.
Left: Amy's Maki ($16): Great but not a favorite
Right: White Tiger again yum yum yum


Left: Elias Maki - with unagi, tuna, cucumber, avocado, and tobiko ($11) - Good but a little mushy
Right: Paula's Maki - with salmon, wasabi rose and avocado inside and salmon, tuna and lemon outside ($14) - Good, but only use half the lemon


Tuna Chip: Great, but not a favorite. The other tuna dishes have more flavor. 

Toro Tata: Fun but I don't want to keep ordering it. I like the less finely minced tuna here so much better.

Kinnoko Soup: Get this for a sick day. Unlike an immediate bowl of miso soup, this takes about fifteen minutes to make and makes at least four servings.