Sushi Spots in the Square
Sushi, a time-honored Japanese art, is now a dietary staple for any college epicurean. With a sea of options to choose from, what’s a globally-minded gastronome to do? This week, FM navigates Harvard Square to demystify that age-old staple: the spicy tuna roll, known to insiders as maguro.
Price: $6.95 for six
Ambience: Subterranean. Basic “Chinese restaurant” theme, Japanese-style.
The Goods: Takemura delivers a rich roll. Without any avocado or cucumber, the focus is on the fish: creamy tuna mixed with tangy, but not spicy, sauce. Contrast with the chewy, vaguely fragrant rice and pleasantly rubbery seaweed is subtle at best. Plus: a compact roll, this sushi doesn’t fall apart in soy sauce.
The Verdict: Three stars out of five—deductions for the ho-hum sauce, lack of crisp contrasting textures, and steep price.
Price: $6.50 for eight
Ambience: Fun, colorful aesthetic reminiscent of many a bubble-tea chain.
The Goods: Large and a bit unstable, with well-cooked rice. Unique blend of textures: crisp, fresh julienned cucumber; rich, creamy avocado; chewy rice and seaweed; soft fish; and spicy sauce on top that adds a nice sizzle.
The Verdict: Four and a half stars out of five—major points for a big portion, nice texture and (comparatively) cheap price; minuses include slight unmanageability.