22 Sushi Restaurants Readers Suggest in Massachusetts You Should Try
An apartmentguide.com survey named Boston one of America’s top 10 cities for sushi, but we wondered where else should we explore.
The Art of Sushi at Fuchi Asian Cuisine Westford
The Art of Sushi at Fuchi Asian Cuisine Westford
Margaret Smith, local villain
It’s been 60 years since sushi was introduced to the general population, but not so long ago it was still considered exotic, delicate and hard to find.
Today, finding sushi is as easy as going to the grocery store, as many local markets have sushi chefs on the payroll. Bob Luz, outgoing president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, said he suspects this may be, in part, a driver of sushi’s popularity. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a fairly light, healthy, and mobile starter either.
Although it may not turn out to be as exotic a dish as it once was, some of the maki rolls still are. Eel and cucumber wrapped in smoked salmon, flambé calamari, salmon roe and mayonnaise are just one of Douzo’s offerings in Boston. Or maybe you prefer thinly sliced escolar fish with a ponzu sauce sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds, which you can find at Junji in Marblehead. Whether it’s salmon, tuna, mackerel, hamachi or eel with cucumber, avocado, burdock, masago or flying fish roe, you’re likely to find your favorite sushi within easy reach. hand.
Boston is number 10 in the country for sushi, according to apartmentguide.com, and those who took our survey on where to find the best sushi told us there’s no shortage of places to go. In response to our poll, many of you came up with your own favorite spots, so next time you’re craving sushi, sashimi or seaweed salad, check out this list before you go.
Cafe Sushi, 1105 Mass Ave. Cambridge
Cafe Sushi offers signature rolls like scallops with spicy mayo and tobiko as well as classic maki rolls like tuna and avocado or spicy salmon and cucumber and vegetable nigiri. They also offer bento boxes, weekday platters for two, weekend platters for two, and lunch specials.
Whole Foods ranked second in our survey, and to be fair, they have sushi chefs on the job in the stores who will cook dishes to order if you ask. Options include the now classic, tuna or salmon and avocado rolls, duet rolls, which include both tuna and salmon, assorted nigiri, crunchy salmon rolls, and you can find offers with white rice or brown rice and quinoa.
Salt Society, 146 Front Street, Scituate
Salt Society offers signature sushi that includes a whole lobster tail, as well as sashimi, shrimp tempura, and vegetable rolls. There are also enough non-sushi offerings to satisfy any appetite and a few craft cocktails that would make the drive from almost anywhere worthwhile (Death by Daiquiri: Diplomatico Aged White Rum, 5 Spice Pineapple Gum, Fresh Lemon , Havanna & Hyde bitters – just to say ).
Seoul Kitchen, 142 Littleton Road, Westford
With dishes like Naruto (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, pollock, and asparagus wrapped in grated cucumber, topped with soy-wasabi dressing), red snapper sashimi, and a land and sea roll that includes crispy shrimp topped with Grilled Korean barbecue steak, citrus soy, Korean chili sauce and green onions, we understand why this place is a favorite. They also have Red Sox inspired rolls named for the Green Monster and Big Papi, as well as Mexican and Hawaiian inspired rolls.
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Others on the list
Junji, 114 Pleasant Street, Marblehead
Taku Sushi Bar, 289 Rantoul Street, Beverly
Kame, 250 Cabot Street, Beverly
Blu Karma, 6 Purchase St., Danvers
Maggie’s Farm, 189 Main Street, Middleton
Oga’s, 915 Worcester Street, Natick
MA South/South East
Saki, 258 Commercial Street #4, Provincetown
Castaway, 263 Grand Ave, Falmouth
Chopsticks and Forks, 116 Front Street, Scituate
Tatami Restaurant & Sushi Bar, 118 North Bedford Street, East Bridgewater
Mac’s Shack, 91 Commercial Street, Wellfleet
Alba on 53, 2053 Washington St., Hannover
Shino Sushi Grill & Bar, 620 Washington Street, Easton
Boston/ Boston Metro
Douzo Sushi, 131 Dartmouth Street, Boston
Ebi Sushi, 290 Somerville Ave, Somerville
Oishi, 365 Boston Post Road, Sudbury
Otake Sushi Bistro, 15 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands
And to top it all
Legal C Bar, multiple locations
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How did Boston make the list?
Apartmentguide.com scoured the country for good sushi joints, then calculated the number of sushi spots per capita and the number per square mile and ranked them from top to bottom. Combining the two rankings, the final total determined each city’s overall sushi score. San Francisco ranked number 1, and Atlanta, San Diego, Seattle, Portland (Oregon), Las Vegas, Honolulu, Orlando and Miami rounded out the list with Boston at number 10.
Additionally, for the purposes of the apartmentguide.com survey, only restaurants that primarily serve sushi, those they considered “America’s true sushi-yas, izakayas, and omakase,” were included. He didn’t take into account chains or places that served sushi and unrelated dishes, unlike the Wicked Local poll which is happy to find good sushi wherever he lives and it’s good to know that a large part actually lives in Massachusetts.