Boston: Oishii-Just for the halibut, salmon and tuna

Let's Eat by Kitty Kaufman

If I tell you how good it is, we'll all be waiting longer for a seat. But hey, Ting and Jackie have held down this corner of Hammond and Route 9 in Newton since the '90s. So yes, Oishii's great, it's friendly and it's crowded. Lunch starts at 11:30 and at 2:30 it's over. They reopen at 5 pm. Nearly everyone calls their orders in but not me. I like to wait and see who else is waiting outside. The wait is more fun in summer.

Seating is close and friendly. Along with the sushi bar, there's one table so if there are just two of you and they offer to seat you, take it and be prepared to share. Even in Newton, some of the best people do. Fish, it's what's for dinner: sake, toro, madai, ebi, unagi, uni, ika, tako, kaibashira, mirugai, kumamoto oyster, lobster.

Eat fish just for the halibut? No halibut. No matter.

P.S. Oishii in Newton closed. Oishii Boston is open on Washington St in the South End.

© April 4, 2011
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