Last night Lauren and I headed to Oishii in the South End. I was so excited to pull Lauren away from her books and papers. She only has a week and a half left until she is a college graduate! Does anyone have a job for her? Anyway, I have wanted to go to Oishii for a while, but absolutely need Lauren to make my way through the menu. While I don’t know much about Japanese food and especially sushi, I LOVE IT!! I guess that OYA is the swishiest sushi in Boston, but we think Oishii is fantastic! While Oishii is less expensive than O YA, it is still more expensive than most of the restaurants that we have tried. Check out there menu at http://oishiiboston.com. (their online menu does not include prices). They are in the South End and also have a sushi bar at The Chestnut Hill Mall.
Lauren was so excited about the prospects at Oishii, that she temporarily suspended the non-fish eating part of her vegetarian diet. I thought this was an excellent decision on her part and I really appreciated it because it meant we could share some scrumptuous fish sashimi and maki.
We started with the seaweed salad, but unfortunately, I had some technical problems with my camera. I wish I could show you this beautiful bright green salad.
Finally, we ordered two of the specialty maki: the Alligator Maki Shrimp Tempura inside with Crabstick, Eel, Roe, Avocado and Scallion outside, and the Sockeye Salmon covered Maki Tobiko, Avocado Maki with Sockeye Salmon, Menegi, Ponzu, and Hawaiian Rock Salt Sprinkle on Top. Here is a photo of the Sockeye Salmon courtesy of “Tiny Urban Kitchen”.
The presentations are incredible. I love this restaurant! The staff is knowledgable and friendly. Our waiter was very patient and gave us a lot of help with the menu. I really appreciated that no one gave me “the look” for my lack of talent with the chopsticks. When I got home, though, I went directly to the computer and googled “How to eat Japanese food”. Here’s a few tips I picked up on “about-japan.com”…..
Chopsticks are used to eat most kinds of Japanese foods, with some exceptions. Some of the most important rules to remember when dining with chopsticks are as follows:
- Hold your chopsticks towards their end, not in the middle or the front third.
- When you are not using your chopsticks, or have finished eating, lay them down in front of you with the tips to left.
- Do not stick chopsticks into your food, especially not into rice. This is only done at funerals with rice that is put onto the altar.
- Do not pass food directly from your set of chopsticks to another’s. Again, this is a funeral tradition that involves the bones of a cremated body.
- Do not spear food with your chopsticks.
- Do not point with your chopsticks.
- Do not wave your chopsticks around in the air or play with them.
- Do not move plates or bowls around with your chopsticks.
- To separate a piece of food in two, exert controlled pressure on the chopsticks while moving them apart from each other in order to tear the food. This takes some practice. With larger pieces of food such as tempura, it is also acceptable to pick up the entire piece with your chopsticks, and take a bite.
- If you have already eaten with your chopsticks, use the opposite end to take food from a shared plate.
Geez, I sure hope I didn’t do any of the “don’ts“, particularly the ones that are only done at a funeral. Anyway, we love Oishii and wish we could eat there more often. This is great food for in between holidays because it is so fresh, healthy and satisfying.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
Robin and Lauren