Oishii on Washington Street in the South End is home to an inviting and trendy atmosphere and the freshest sushi I have had. The food was incredible, presentation was creative and executed well, and the atmosphere was hip and inviting. Overall it was an excellent dining experience, one of my favorite and most memorable in Boston.
Now for the details:
When we walked in the restaurant gave off the feel of an upscale, trendy club. Light techno music was playing and the restaurant was dimly lit with modern decor. We sat at the sushi bar, which gave us a first hand look at the sushi chef’s creating their mini-masterpieces. The service was pleasant and helpful, and at one point the chef stopped by to make sure we were enjoying our meal. After we ordered our saki, the server promptly dropped off complimentary whipped edemame, which is served to all guests. It was light and smooth, with a hint of nutty flavor, and a nice little surprise to start off the meal.
We then ordered a few appetizers, each unique and flavorful. The first to come out was the Sakura smoked himachi. Sakura I learned is cherry blossom wood and it added a delicious lightly smoked flavor to the himachi. The next to hit the table was the Salmon on fire. The presentation was beautiful and you could wait for your salmon to cook to the desired degree of doneness. We also ordered the edemame with truffle oil, which was genius.
Onto the sushi and sashimi. We ordered the chef’s special sashimi as well as extra toro, himachi, and salmon. The server had incorrectly put in our extra sashimi order in as sushi, so we also ended up enjoying the sushi as well. The fish was all so fresh. I love toro, but this is hands down the best I have ever had. It was so buttery and just melted in your mouth. I was also blown away by the salmon. I have never been a huge salmon sashmi fan, however it was not fishy at all and honestly tasted nothing like the salmon I would expect. Also, both the soy sauce and wasabi was light and didn’t overpower the fish, and the wasabi had a light texture that broke apart easily.
For desert we ordered the coconut sphere with coffee mousse and yuzu sherbert. I was so full at this point, but when I saw this hit the table next to us I had to try it.
Our server explained that everyone you are dining with breaks it open together, and how it breaks can say a lot about your relationship with those you are dining with. We broke it open fairly easily (the four of us each took a side and pushed our spoons in) and I don’t have a clue how to read how it broke. I would hope it said long and lasting friendships, or something of the sort. Inside the coconut orb you will find the coffee mousse, which was light and fluffy. The coconut orb itself tasted like lightly sweetened frozen coconut water. The orb was placed on the yuzu sherbert with had a concentrated sweet lemon flavor. Black berries were below the orb and it was drizzled with a chocolate sauce and a candy decoration on top. Overall the desert was delicious, not too sweet and I had a hard time putting down my spoon.
Overall: Five Stars
1166 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118