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Brattleboro, VT — Shin La Restaurant and Sushi Bar

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Published on: February 19, 2010
Shin La Restaurant and Sushi Bar
57 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT
.802.257.5226
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42 down and 8 to go. With Vermont on the list, I have now personally reviewed sushi restaurants in 42 states. I was working this week in the Boston area so I took the opportunity to drive to Vermont in search of sushi. Looking at the map, Brattleboro seemed like the best choice close to Boston. It was a two hour drive but I decided it was worth it for state 42 — I was wrong.

I found a parking spot on Main Street and walked down to Shin La. Shin La is a combination Korean and sushi restaurant. The restaurant is in an older building and the decor is a combination of rustic, new and just old. The server station by the kitchen looked like it came out of a mobile home built in the '70s.

The evening started out to be very promising. The menu looked good and had a variety of rolls and sushi combinations. There were even some very expensive items, combos up to about $50. I ordered a couple of rolls and Miso soup. The soup wasn't bad and I think it had spinach in it.

When the rolls arrived they looked good but I was disappointed. The fish had a bit of an aftertaste and was served on the warm side..

Shin La has a sign in the window declaring them the most popular sushi restaurant in Brattleboro — Shin La must be the only sushi restaurant in Brattleboro.

Shin La 2 rice bowls * * * * -
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  1. Sasha says:

    I’ve been to Shin La and have had the same experience- mediocre sashimi.
    For Vermont, i’d recommend Old Town Farm Inn in Chester. It’s run by a Japanese woman and her husband, and few ppl in the area seem to know it’s there. I only found out about it thru word of mouth. It has excellent shumai, hot eel and tempura, and good sashimi. It also has a variety of non sushi dishes, so you can bring ppl there who don’t like raw fish. Of course, it’s also around an hour north of Brattleboro, so if you’re coming from Massachusetts, it might be too far away.

  2. Allie says:

    This is way after you posted this, but hey. I live outside of Brat and I have to say that as far as the best sushi in that town you probably would have been better off going to PanAsian or Panda North. Both are slightly cheaper and pretty good (usually favored by the college students here). Shin La is the place in town to go for Korean food though, or if you’re just craving sushi and don’t have a car to get to the other places with.
    So Bratt isn’t wholly without decent places, they’re just really out of the way. I just figured I’d throw this out there, since I was doing a google search for their menu (for Korean) and this came up.

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