Restaurant Review: Zuma, Boston, MA

Come here when:

  • You’re on a first or second date and want to impress the person with your restaurant-choosing skills
  • You want to indulge in fancy, high quality sushi and splurge on yourself
  • You and your best friend absolutely love sushi

Ambience description:

Elegant. Upscale. Modern.

So elegant. So fancy.

Food:

salad with dices of avocado = how I like it
spicy fried tofu. crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside

This was a great appetizer. First, the tofu: not too spicy (pretty tolerable in my opinion), crunchy outer layer and the inside was so soft and felt like it just melted in my mouth. The salad was a nice balance to the tofu with the citrus dressing, the fatty avocado, the greens. It was a challenge eating with chopsticks (I know I could’ve asked for a fork, but I wanted to learn how to use chopsticks better). It was not unsuccessful to say the least. 8/10 would order again if I was by myself; 10/10 with at least one other person.

sake to abokado maki
spicy tuna roll behind

So the first roll consisted of salmon, avocado, and asparagus. It was a great roll, but honestly I could’ve done without the asparagus. Sure it made it more healthy, but it wasn’t cooked/soft enough to my liking. I still ate the whole roll. It wasn’t bad, but it would be better if it was just the salmon and avocado. Less is more in this case. The second roll I got was a *classic* spicy tuna roll (with spicy mayo on top). No complaints here. It was perfect in my eyes. In both rolls, the fish was so fresh and didn’t taste too fishy at all. It was SO good. 11/10 for both.

yellowtail (aka Hamachi) nigiri

I had to end the meal with a simple, exquisite yellowtail nigiri. I remember the rice was pleasantly flavored too with a hint of wasabi. I’ve heard the proper way to eat nigiri is to dip the fish side into the soy sauce and place that on your tongue so you get the full taste experience of the fish instead of a mouthful of rice. 10/10 Yellowtail is one of my favorite fish to eat in this particular style. It’s not fatty, it doesn’t have a strong flavor profile like salmon and tuna, but it has still has that something. It’s perfect.

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