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10 Best Sushi Omakase Menus in Boston

Ariane Vigna | March 22, 2021 | Food & Drink

Best sushi omakase Boston

Every sushi lover has their favorite local spot when looking for some healthy comfort food, but when was the last time you spiced things up?

Dive deeper than a rainbow roll and let the fresh fish do all the talking with a special omakase experience. Japanese for "I'll leave it up to you," these tasting menu meals let the chef set the course on an up-scale taste adventure. Settle down at a table or right at the bar and be pleasantly surprised with each new dish of single-serve sashimi. It's a traditional and delectable way to try the best catches of the day.

Ready to become a sushi expert? Try one of these top sushi spots in Boston.

See also: The 10 Best Sushi Omakase Menus in NYC, According to Foodie Magician

Umami Omakase

2372 Massachusetts Ave. / Website

The North Cambridge gem has only been open since late 2019, but it’s already a city favorite. Run by Chef Gary Lei, who previously worked at Uni, Umami Omakase offers an intimate and sophisticated atmosphere with a menu of luxury ingredients from foie gras to wagyu. Patrons can splurge on a $138, 18-course meal with langoustine and caviar, or go for a reasonably-priced $68 12-course dinner. Want to take the high-end experience home and surprise your sweetheart with a delicious feast? Umami Omakase has plenty of refined takeout options, including a mini omakase with nine nigiri, a chef’s-choice maki roll and appetizers, or a seasonal bento box of sashimi and specials.

Cafe Sushi

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1105 Massachusetts Ave. / Website

Cafe Sushi’s well-deserved popularity contributes to the everyday hustle and bustle of Harvard Square, where sushi fans queue to discover the legendary omakase. Led by Chef Seizi Imura who inherited the restaurant from his parents, this $100 omakase features about 18 pieces with toppings like hickory-smoked caramelized onions and bourbon-soaked cherries. If you’d rather play it safe, you can still order à la carte, securing some tasty, signature sashimi, nigiri and maki.

O Ya

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9 East St. / Website

Boston sushi aficionados love to gather in the Leader District where they can treat themselves to O Ya’s luxurious omakase. Owners Tim and Nancy Cushman put together an impressive menu, featuring scallop sashimi with burgundy truffle, house-smoked wagyu nigiri, and the now-famous “legs & eggs” nigiri with Maine lobster legs, white sturgeon caviar and tomalley aioli. It's $250 for an evening of mouthwatering sushi, and O Ya regulars will assure you every penny spent is worth it. Savor 20 incredible courses, then end your banquet with a unique chocolate and foie gras creation. An à la carte menu is also available. The salmon sashimi with ponzu and scallion oil rivals any Japanese food you’ve tried before.

Uni

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370 Commonwealth Ave. / Website

Remember Umami Omakase’s chef Gary Lei? The sushi maestro used to work at Uni, a chic izakaya run by talented chefs Ken Oringer and Tony Messina. Dine on luxurious and innovative dishes, including the house-made ricotta gnudi with shio koji, miso butter and parmesan cheese. You must try the original tai sashimi with sea bream charcoal lemonade, ginger crema and haskap berry. We also highly recommend the sakura masu sashimi with cherry blossom trout, cherry blossom creme fraiche, rhubarb and cocoa tahini crumble. There’s also plenty of options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Do indulge in a butter mochi cake with sea buckthorn, mango and kokuto-almond crumble.

Oishii

1166 Washington St. #110 / Website

The Southie landmark boasts a $200, nine-course omakase that features appetizing bites of poached lobster, steak tartare with crispy rice, and tempura. The specialty maki are to die for. Most tempting are the vegetarian truffle with avocado, yam tempura, tonburi, cucumber and truffle; and the crispy mango with tempura flakes, mango, cucumber, spicy mayo, tuna, sudachi and honey glaze.

See also: The 8 Best Cocktail Bars in Boston

Momi Nonmi

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1128 Cambridge St. / Website

Chef Chris Chung learned and refined his sushi-making skills at Uni and the late Aka Bistro, but it’s Moni Nonmi that gave him the chance to reveal more of his talent. In the comfortable izakaya, Chung proposes a refreshing $100 omakase experience and bottles of sake to pair with each tasty bite. If you’ve got the appetite for more goodness, Momi Nonmi’s cooked and rice dishes are also worth trying.

The Mad Monkfish

524 Massachusetts Ave. / Website

Reformed music kids band together again at the Mad Monkfish, where the menu includes catchy music references. From Gaga’s Monster rolls to Hotel California rolls, there’s truly something for everyone. At the Mad Monkfish, silence is not the golden rule, because live jazz accompanies the high-end sushi experience. If your friend has something against sushi — hey, we’ve all got flaws — they’ll be excited to know there's has a large variety of Asian fusion cuisine including noodle soup, poke bowls and traditional Thai curry, among others.

Fat Baby

118 Dorchester St. / Website

This vibrant Asian fusion restaurant has much to offer. Try inventive dishes like the scallion pancakes and Kung Pao Brussels sprouts, as well as fun cocktails like the delicious Baby Got Back mix of Ketel One oranje, lemon and agave; or the seductive Boomerang with bourbon, mezcal, lime, grilled pineapple and ginger beer. Let’s not lose sight of what you’ll be coming in for: sushi. There’s plenty to explore in that department, including the volcano with avocado, jalapeno, togarashi, red tobiko, and spicy aioli, and the Bangkok dreamin’ with chicken katsu, crispy rice noodle and Thai basil sauce.

Laughing Monk Cafe

737 Huntington Ave. / Website

Laughing Monk Cafe is an authentic and welcoming Mission Hill spot where you’ll find a diverse offering of divine sushi and amazing Thai classics. Sushi chef Nick Korboon’s rolls are made with brown rice — a surprisingly-enticing choice. Try a variety in the 10-course omakase or à la carte menu. Curious to find out what you’re in for? Picture creations like the fire dragon with shrimp tempura, tuna, jalapeno, black tobiko, hot sauce and wasabi; or the caterpillar with BBQ eel, shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, sesame and teriyaki sauce.

Pabu Boston

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3 Franklin St. / Website

Head to Downtown Crossing and enjoy elaborate, flavorsome rolls in this stylish izakaya. Run by renowned chefs Ken Tominaga and Michael Mina, this spot boasts an opulent selection of sushi, sashimi, grilled meats from the robata, and a modern cocktail menu. When the owners say the food is fresh, they mean it. It’s flown in daily from Japan’s Tsukiji Market. Sit back and feast on an eight-course omakase meal or pick from the menu of Japanese mackerel, blue fin fatty tuna, yellowtail, sea bream and more. Did we mention the array of creative cocktails? Escape with the Woman on the Other Shore — a combination of kinobi japanese gin, yuzu, citrus and togarashi bitters — or savor the poetic mix that is “haiku” — made with brugal rum, grapefruit, sudachi, maraschino and orgeat.



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