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Boston, MA — Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant

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Published on: May 20, 2012
Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant
131 Dartmouth St
Boston, MA

Boston, I have always enjoyed Boston. I came in to town on a beautiful warm Saturday evening for a conference on Sunday. After giving 6 hours of presentations and taking a long nap, I was ready for some sushi. While I have been here many times, this is the first trip that I have spent any time in the Back Bay. This area by Copley Square and the convention center is close to the Charles river and full of both chain and independent restaurants. Last night I had Clam Chowder and a wonderful Lobster fra Diavolo on the patio of a Boylston St fish house, but tonight I was off in search of sushi.

I searched and found Douzo Modern Japanese restaurant. Based on Internet ratings it was one of the highest rated sushi places in the Back Bay and it has just one block from my hotel. Douzo is a very modern (it's in their name) sushi restaurant in an upscale neighborhood. The decor is clean and modern. I was afraid it might be one of those trendy places with techno music and an attitude, fortunately it was not

The menu was pretty intriguing lots of choices but tonight I kept it simple. Seaweed salad and sashimi dinner. The seaweed was served over sliced cucumber — my favorite. The sashimi was excellent, one of the nicest presentations I have seen. The fish was top quality. The white tuna had some kind of roe on top of it. I normally don't like roe but this was perfect. Whte tuna should melt on your tongue and this did, white tuna is one of my favorites. The tuna, snapper and yellowtail were equally good.

This is the first time that I have had Tamago included in any sushi or sashimi combo. Tamago is a sweet japanese omelet made of thin folded layers of egg. My Japanese friends tell me that thy eat tamago almost like a dessert. The Tamago was the perfect ending to the meal. Everything about Douzo was perfect.

Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant is one of my new favorites..

Douzo Modern Japanese Restaurant 5 rice bowls * * * * *

Salem, MA — Asahi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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Published on: October 10, 2004
Asahi Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
168 Essex Street
Salem, Massachussets
(978) 825-0077


Asahi is a full service Japanese restaurant with teppanaki in addition to regular table service and sushi bar. It is located in the Museum Place Mall directly across the Street from the Peabody Essex Museum. The mall has a parking garage and Asahi validates parking.

The sushi at Asahi was excellent. All of the fish was fresh and the rolls were presented rather creatively. My tuna and avocado roll had a huge piece of tuna in the center and it tasted great. I thought that all the portions were quite generous. Prices at Asahi were excellent. They seemed to be about 15% below other Boston area sushi restaurants.

They had a rather intriguing hot appetizer called Seattle Yaki consisting of giant clam grilled and marinated in Japanese mayonnaise. Unfortunately they were out of it for the evening. I will have to try it on my next trip — I wil definitely return.

Asahi: 4 rice bowls * * * * *
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